Started at the Detroit Auto Show three years ago, the Lexus LC coupe gave us a reason to take Toyota's luxury brand again. The stylish high-end coupe has been a huge success at the show and has proven to be very good on the road too. Now, Lexus is trying to keep the magic with a convertible version of the LC, which will debut at the Detroit Auto Show in 2019. However, Lexus will not confirm its production plans yet.
The concept of the Lexus LC convertible is actually a LC coupe without roof, which adds an additional visual effect to what was already a car that turns heads. The interior is also very similar, although Lexus has equipped the convertible concept with a white leather liner that would likely be a nightmare to maintain in real life.
Lexus did not give details on the powertrain, but the LC series coupe series is available with two very different options. The LC 500 has a 5.0-liter V8 producing 471 horsepower, while the LC 500h is equipped with a V6 hybrid powertrain with a total power of 354 hp.
Lexus has not sold a convertible since the IS C production was discontinued in 2015. The RC coupe was designed to be converted into a convertible, but Lexus has abandoned its plans to focus on more profitable crossovers. A production version of the LC convertible concept would essentially replace the Lexus SC 430, whose production has stopped since 2010. Like the LC, the SC was to be a flagship product for Lexus. But the car was not successful, thanks to a conservative design and a lack of technical features (the SC was the last car sold in the US with a tape recorder).
The IS C and SC models both had retractable hoods, but Lexus did not specify the type of hood used in the LC convertible concept. We bet on a soft top, given the lack of space behind the rear seats. This would not be a problem because many other convertibles at the LC price level have soft caps. The fact that competitors like BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche offer both coupe and convertible versions of their two high-end doors seems to justify the production of the LC convertible, but Lexus will not commit.
"A production version of this concept would be exciting in many ways," said Tadao Mori, lead designer of the car, in a statement, without confirmation of production plans.
The Lexus LC Convertible concept debuts at the Detroit 2019 auto show. It will share the spotlight with, among others, the Toyota Supra, the much-anticipated sports car of the sister brand of Lexus.