Earlier within the month, Lexus introduced a convertible LC to the UK’s Goodwood Competition of Velocity. Whereas the automobile got here clad in silvery camouflage and was formally known as a “prototype,” we didn’t take all of it that severely. Drop-top automobiles haven’t been in vogue for fairly a while and — if we’re being sincere — the LC hasn’t been tremendous standard both.
Plenty of that has to do with the coupe boasting an entry level of almost six-figures. Modern and horny, the LC makes an exquisite grand tourer for these in search of one thing a bit extra plush than a Porsche 911 and are prepared to sacrifice a little bit of efficiency for mentioned luxurious. Nonetheless most individuals with the means to choose between the 2 will nonetheless choose the more-expensive, and hardcore, German.
For holdover convertible fans, there wasn’t even a option to be made. Porsche was providing an open-air expertise whereas Toyota’s luxurious arm was not — and had not since 2015. However that’s about to vary, as a result of Lexus has confirmed that the LC convertible will ultimately enter manufacturing.
The Japanese automaker verified the transfer with Automotive Information on Monday, saying it might start meeting “within the close to future.” Nevertheless it was dropping unsubtle hints to the remainder of us previous to that (together with an idea), suggesting an open-air LC would broaden the corporate’s lineup and provides “a way of a completeness to the model’s flagship fashions.” It even referenced a possible manufacturing mannequin, with out explicitly stating there would really be one. Now we all know higher.
For our cash, this looks like a good determination. Whereas your creator prefers being uncovered to the weather on two wheels, fairly than 4, exceptions may be made for a more-traditional GT — which is what the LC is. Lexus’ present flagship (RIP, LFA) isn’t a lot about reaching the very best lap instances and seeing what the automobile is sort of a ten tenths, it’s about making a visible assertion and giving the auto an aggressive nudge right here and there throughout a weekend street journey to someplace good.
Particulars on the automobile are, as of but, nonexistent. Presumably it’ll be the usual LC however, you already know, and not using a roof. Obtainable in LC 500 and LC 500h hybrid codecs, the present LC line begins at $93,225 (after supply charges) for a coupe producing 471 horsepower from its 5.Zero-liter V8 with energy routed to the rear wheels through a 10-speed computerized transmission. Optioning the hybrid reduces horsepower and raises the worth… however it’s your cash.
Lexus mentioned to anticipate extra particulars later this 12 months.