IT’S the flagship of the Lexus fleet, the dramatically styled LC coupe. Now, Lexus has confirmed it will extend the LC range to include an open-top version, with the LC Convertible soon to go into production.
The convertible version of the LC sports coupe will enhance the presence of Lexus as a luxury lifestyle brand, and will broaden the LC line-up, bringing a sense of a completeness to the brand’s flagship models.
A prototype of the new convertible will make its dynamic world debut on the hill course at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, the world-famous showcase of the finest modern and classic sports cars.
The LC convertible prototype will be driven up the hill at Goodwood by Nick Cassidy, who competes for Lexus in the GT500 class of the Japan Super GT series. It will be masked using QR codes as the motif to create a “digital camouflage”.
It’s the brand’s way of teasing the design detail and dynamic capabilities of the full production version. Detailed specifications and timings for the LC convertible’s market introduction will be announced later.
Lexus Australia chief executive Scott Thompson said market trends and customer expectations indicated the LC convertible would be a welcome addition to the local model offerings.
“We are very keen to secure this stunning new convertible for Australia now that production has been confirmed,” Mr Thompson said.
Long, low and lean, the LC convertible will share the coupe’s athletic proportions, but project its own, distinct identity. Its large wheels and short overhangs will signal its performance pedigree and rewarding driving experience.
The potential evolution of the LC range to include a convertible was signposted at the North American International Auto Show in January, where Lexus revealed the LC Convertible Concept.
The concept’s design goal was to express “ultimate beauty”. It provoked an enthusiastic response from both industry experts and the public. Like the LC itself, the concept car was honoured on its debut with a prestigious EyesOn Design Award.
The LC has become established as one of the most sought-after and internationally acclaimed models Lexus has ever created, thanks to its combination of striking design, fine craftsmanship and exhilarating performance.