Near-production prototype revealed at Goodwood Festival of Speed
Lexus has confirmed that the acclaimed LC Coupé will have a Convertible stablemate, though the exact launch date has yet to be announced. Shown as the LC Convertible Concept at the Detroit Auto Show this January, a lightly disguised prototype was revealed at June’s Goodwood Festival of Speed and driven up the famous hill. Judging by the crowd’s reaction, Lexus are on to another winner.
All LC models are equipped with Lexus Safety System+, which includes Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane-Keep Assist with Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam and Road Sign Assist. A camera and a millimetre-wave radar monitor the road ahead for potential hazards and collision risks, helping to reduce the risk of an accident, alerting the driver to potential hazards mitigating the consequences of any unavoidable impact.
The LC Convertible shares many design features with its Coupé stablemate, beginning with that statement ‘spindle’ grille in chrome mesh, flanked by ultra-compact triple LED headlamp units. It’s based on the same Global Architecture Luxury platform as the Coupé, with compact overhangs and low bonnet line, but in place of the Coupé’s sweeping roofline the LC Convertible has a distinctive profile featuring a folding metal roof and tapering rear deck. Hood down, the driver-focused cockpit becomes part of the show, displaying the careful attention to detail and meticulous craftsmanship that is a feature of Lexus interiors. The flowing line of the door trim is an extension of an exterior line that flows from the bonnet and through the windscreen, building a sense of connection between the outside and inside of the car.
Although the LC Convertible is still a few months from launch it’s expected to be offered with all the luxuries and features of the Coupé. These include 12.3-inch touchscreen Navigation, a 12-speaker Pioneer audio system, DVD player and 10.25-inch display. The Lexus Climate Concierge system features nanoe technology to maintain optimum air quality and temperature, while the leather-upholstered front seats have integrated heating and ventilation. 21-inch forged alloy wheels, semi-aniline leather, the 13-speaker Mark Levinson Reference Product audio system and a colour head-up display (plus card key) will be among the few options to add to a lavish standard equipment list.
Technical specifications for the Convertible have yet to be released, but it’s anticipated to follow its Coupé stablemate by offering a choice between V6 hybrid and V8 naturally aspirated powertrains. The hybrid LC 500h features a 3.5-litre V6 allied to an advanced multi-stage hybrid system, a system that responds much more directly to driver inputs to deliver a higher level of dynamic performance and driving pleasure. Alternatively, the LC 500 is powered by a high-revving naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 mated to a ten-speed close-ratio automatic transmission. In the Coupé, this 457bhp V8 powers the Lexus from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds.
The LC Coupe has already won global acclaim, including an EyesOn Design award and Best Coupé in the UK Car of the Year awards. The Lexus design team has now created a glorious open-top stablemate for the Coupe, with the same taut lines, advanced technology and exhilarating performance. We can’t wait to see it in the showroom.