HOT on the heels of the appearance of its prototype at the Lexus Melbourne Cup Carnival just weeks ago, the production version of the LC 500 convertible coupe has made its much anticipated global debut at the 2019 Los Angeles auto show.
Unveiled in stunning limited edition Morphic Blue, the LC 500 convertible artfully harnesses the coupe’s sleek contours and incredible proportions, while further leveraging the award winning LC design.
The compact roof design allows the boot lid of the convertible to be lifted and widened to further emphasise the low and broad stance, while retaining the coupe’s flowing roof line and strong aerodynamic performance.
Its convertible body is just 10mm longer and 5mm taller than the coupe, with a retained four seat capacity and near identical luggage space. Carefully selected roof fabric ensures optimal tension and no wrinkling, without the supporting frame visible through the fabric.
The roof design is enhanced by Lexus’ signature attention to detail, confirming excellent thermal properties, superb refinement and effortless retraction in just 15 seconds, while travelling at up to 50km/h.
The automatic folding mechanism stores the roof under an integrated tonneau cover when lowered, melding elegantly with the LC’s belt-line that kicks up at the end of the doors to provide a tight and clean wrap-around appearance.
The beautifully crafted and indulgently specified interior is enhanced by exclusive door handles and ‘L’ embossed headrests, with neck heaters, confirming the luxury experience that is the Lexus DNA.
A focus on aerodynamics around the belt-line and rear mold design creates a space to feel the excitement of open-air driving without hindering conversation in the car.
In combination with a transparent poly-carbonate wind deflector, wind flow inside the car is suppressed and impressive quietness achieved.
Active Noise Control (ANC), combined with sound insulation and absorption techniques, suppresses unwanted noises and unpleasant frequencies while emphasising the thrilling sound of the Lexus 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine.
Making the LC 500 convertible’s V8 even more enjoyable, a noise generator transmits sensual engine intake sound through the dash panel, while an exhaust valve further enhances the note of the high output (351kW and 540Nm) engine.
A newly designed body structure also achieves a rigidity level supporting the Lexus driving signature equal to the coupe, and for maximum strength and reduced weight, the front bow structure of the roof frame is produced in magnesium alloy.
A strategically placed and shaped rear suspension tower brace is composed of lightweight die-cast aluminium to mimimise added weight, and a performance damper is adopted for high quality ride comfort.
Leveraging the acclaimed GA-L front-and-rear multi-link rear-wheel drive platform, the LC 500 convertible features new active cornering assist and active roll-bar technologies to further enhance the driving experience.
A 52:48 weight distribution also shifts slightly rearward compared with the coupe.
Lexus chief executive Scott Thompson confirmed the LC 500 convertible will arrive in Australia during the second half of 2020, representing the next step in Lexus’ expansion as a luxury lifestyle brand.
The LC 500 convertible is the third Lexus convertible in the brand’s 30 year history. Australian pricing and specifications will be confirmed closer to its local launch.