The curvaceous coupe finally gets the droptop option it deserves.
The Lexus LC looks lovely from every angle. But as we found out in Detroit, it’s even more tantalising when topless. The company pulled the cover off its beautiful convertible LC concept at this year’s Detroit Auto Show but didn’t provide a production date. Now, thanks to a new report, we know that the real LC convertible will show up in less than a month.
According to Roadshow, Lexus will show the new LC convertible at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K., which kicks off 4 July 2019. Expect a near visual carbon-copy of the concept – essentially an LC coupe sans roof. But Lexus still hasn’t confirmed finite details like seating configuration, roof material (either fabric or metal), or performance.
Assuming the droptop retains the LC 500 coupe’s 5.0-litre V8 (which it should), expect somewhere in the neighbourhood of 471 bhp and 398 pound-feet of torque on tap, and a near-equivalent, manufacturer-estimated 0-60 sprint in 4.4 seconds. If there’s a hybrid model, it should have the LC 500h coupe’s same 3.5-litre V6 producing 354 bhp and 369 lb-ft, too.
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Lexus hasn’t released any details on price, but the ragtop option could very well push the LC’s asking MSRP over £80,000. For reference, the base LC 500 starts at £76,660 for both petrol and the hybrid. At this level, this convertible would compete directly with cars like the BMW 8 Series Convertible and Mercedes-Benz SL.
As mentioned, the Goodwood Festival of Speed kicks off on 4 July 2019, and runs until 7 July. Here’s hoping Lexus lets the new LC convertible out of the stable for a sprint up the iconic hill.