Say hello to the new Lexus LC Convertible ... concept (for now)

Lexus LC Convertible concept

The LC is the larger sibling of the RC and one of two coupes in Lexus' lineup at the moment. Well, the Japanese luxury brand is whetting your appetites with the LC Convertible concept, debuting at the upcoming North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. That arrives in form of the all-new LC Convertible Concept. So we're excited by the prospect of the vehicle you see above, which Lexus will officially unveil in just a few days at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.

The Lexus LC is one of our favourite cars, an intoxicating concoction of style, panache and performance. It rides on 22-inch wheels that look fantastic, but that will probably be dropped on the way to actual production in favour of 20- or 21-inch units.

An open-air roadster that is an artful reflection of the LC coupe, the design goal of the Convertible Concept was the expression of "ultimate beauty".

The cabin of the LC Convertible concept has been updated with tailored seats featuring leather upholstery and yellow stitching.

Lexus doesn't have a great history when it comes to convertibles; the SC430 and IS250, with their squishy seats and folding hard-tops, felt diametrically opposed to what vehicle enthusiasts actually want.

"This concept takes the unmistakable design of the LC coupe and reimagines it as a future convertible", said Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC Convertible concept. If we were told Lexus designed the convertible before the coupe, we'd believe them.

The production LC coupe is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 paired with a 10-speed automatic, good for 471 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque.

Lexus has provided the strongest hint yet that a convertible version of its stunning LC coupe is in the pipeline with the reveal of the LC Convertible concept.

"It would engage the senses in a way that is unique and exciting every time you got behind the wheel", Mori-san added.

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