Our spy photographers have snapped a production-ready version of the new Lexus LC Convertible during an official photo shoot
The new Lexus LC Convertible has been spied during an official photoshoot. The firm’s flagship drop-top grand tourer was last seen at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in heavy pre-production camouflage. We expect the new LC cabrio will go on sale later this year, with first deliveries expected in early 2020.
The arrival of Lexus’s new BMW 8 Series Convertible rival marks the first time the Japanese brand has offered an open top model since production of the IS 300C ended in 2015. Like that car, the LC Convertible will use a retractable hard top roof, with a mechanism stashed behind the cabin.
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The LC Convertible will ditch the coupe’s “floating” roofline in favour of an abruptly sloping tin-top and a long, flat rear deck. Its 2+2 seating layout will remain the same as the LC Coupe’s, although boot and rear seat space (neither of which are generous on the hard top) will be compromised further by the roof mechanism and storage compartment.
Like the coupe, the LC Convertible will be offered with Lexus’s naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 petrol, producing 457bhp and 530Nm of torque. The engine will send its power to the rear wheels via the same 10-speed automatic gearbox, offering a 0–62mph time of around five seconds and a top speed of more than 160mph.
Lexus’s 3.5-litre V6 petrol hybrid will also be available, offering a combined output of 354bhp. It’ll be mated to a clever CVT gearbox and a four-speed automatic, which essentially provides a 10-speed transmission. Its 0–62mph time and economy figures likely will suffer slightly over the coupe’s five-second and 44.1mpg efforts, due to the added weight of the convertible roof.
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The LC coupe’s four-tier specification will likely be adopted by the LC Convertible. Buyers will be offered an entry-level model, a Sport Pack specification and a Sport Plus Pack trim-level – with the two more expensive trim-levels adding items such as a limited-slip differential and a retractable rear spoiler. A highly specced, Limited Edition variant will likely join the fold later in the model’s production cycle.
New Lexus LC Convertible confirmed for production
Lexus has confirmed that the LC family is set to grow, with the gorgeous Coupe soon to be joined by an open top variant. Following on from the LC Convertible Concept shown at the 2019 Detroit Auto show, a prototype of the production model has made its disguised debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The BMW 8 Series Convertible competitor’s arrival will mark the first time that Lexus has offered an open top GT car since production of the SC430 ended in 2010. Just like both its predecessor and the earlier concept, the LC Convertible is likely to use a retractable hard top roof. The mechanism will fit behind the cabin which, like in the Coupe, sports a 2+2 seating layout.
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The new roof is expected to force the LC Coupe’s dramatic ‘floating’ roofline, that gently falls towards the bootlid, to be replaced by a more abrupt drop towards a long, flat rear deck. Expect boot and rear seat space – neither of which are generous on the Coupe – to be compromised further by the need to stow away the roof.
Confirmation of the convertible follows on from earlier spy shots of a hot LC F is also on the horizon. The BMW M8 rival will offer around 600bhp from a twin-turbocharged V8.
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