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Lexus to reveal LC convertible at Detroit motor show

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Lexus LC Convertible New drop-top variant of LC coupé previews design of future models; expected to reach production in 2020

Lexus will present a convertible version of its LC coupé at the Detroit motor show on Monday (14 January), ahead of an anticipated production debut in 2020.

With a contoured rear deck designed to store a retractable roof, the convertible retains the same dimensions as the LC coupé, and looks to be as production-ready as that car. There is no indication yet of whether the model features a fabric soft-top or folding metal roof.

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The LC Convertible is being positioned as a halo model for Lexus, with the company hinting that its design will serve as the inspiration for future models.

Its 22in wheels hint at the model’s performance ambitions, while a near-identical interior featuring the same 2+2 layout as the coupé sets it up as a rival for high-end convertibles like the Porsche 911 Cabriolet and new Ferrari Portofino

Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC Convertible Concept, hinted at its potential to enter into production, affirming that a “production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways”. Autocar understands that a production LC Convertible has been prioritised over a range-topping F variant of the LC in Lexus’s product plan due to its higher potential for global sales. 

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Traditionally, Lexus rarely displays a concept car without intent of an imminent market release, with examples including 2016’s radical UX concept SUV evolving into the BMW X1-sized UX crossover.

A production version of the LC Convertible is likely to be made available with both the 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 in the LC500, and the 3.5-litre V6 in the LC500h hybrid variant, which, coupled to a pair of electric motors, produces 354bhp. 

The LC Convertible concept can be expected to weigh more than the 1935kg coupé on which it is based, meaning a slight drop in top speed and acceleration times for a production version is likely.

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