Lexus rolled out the droptop version of the LC 500 coupe at the Detroit Auto Show this week, setting up the car as the first statement of the year.
With sales of the LC 500 coupe brisk, and the platform already waiting, the convertible version of the model should be a simple decision for the automaker. The LC sans top is as of now a concept, though, and may or may not make it to production phases, Lexus warns. We’re betting it will. The convertible LC looks ready to go.
The LC lines are emphasized to great effect in the convertible version. It’s a little longer and lower to the ground than the LC 500, and—in concept form, anyway—gets 22” wheels. The top raises and recedes back into an unassuming panel. The front end has that particular Lexus aggression. And the overwrought Lexus grille looks like it finally has come home.
Lexus chose an elegantly understated color scheme for the concept’s interior, and kept the bling to a minimum. A single touchscreen keeps the dash tech simple. The LC500 engine—a 5L V8—produces 471 HP and 398 lb-ft of torque, with a 10-speed gearbox sending the power to the wheels. Whether the engine will be tuned to accommodate the added weight of a droptop is unknown at this time.