2018 Lexus LC Convertible

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The 2016 Detroit Auto Show brought many interesting vehicles to the market, but none was as exciting as the Lexus LC 500. And, there are many reasons for that. First, the large coupe is downright gorgeous. Second, it comes with a naturally aspirated V-8 that’s both powerful and reliable. Third, Lexus has finally unleashed a performance coupe that’s larger than the RC, something we’ve been waiting for since the LFA was discontinued.

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Our artist came up with this great rendering in no time, so we went ahead to speculate as to what a roofless LC might bring to the table. And, why not maybe give Lexus a few ideas. Check out the details in the review below.

Exterior

Lexus LC 500

Imagining a convertible version of the LC 500 is far from complicated, as the two vehicles would be identical below the beltline. However, that doesn’t mean the drop-top will be a coupe with its roof chopped off. In order to turn the LC 500 into a convertible, Lexus will have to revise the A-pillars, as well as redesign the section behind the rear seats. Modifications will most likely include a pair of small rollover hoops, revised rear fenders, and a new trunk lid that would allow the retractable roof to slide behind the rear seats. If the actual LC cabriolet turns out like our rendering, it will be a gorgeous roadster.

Interior

Lexus LC 500

The interior of the LC convertible will also be identical to the coupe’s, but the occupants will benefit from the infinite headroom that comes with a roofless grand tourer. With the top down, passengers riding in the rear will no longer have to worry about the limited headroom. The open-top experience will come with all the niceties we’ve seen in the LC 500, including the two-tier-style dashboard, acres of high-quality leather and Alcantara, and flawless fit and finish.

Should Lexus build this convertible, it will probably receive a feature similar to Mercedes’ Air-Scarf neck heater and draft-reducing electric wind deflectors for improved comfort during drives with the top down. A climate control system that uses sensors and actuators to maintain the temperature when the roof is folded would also be mandatory in this luxury convertible niche.

Drivetrain

Lexus LC 500

Don’t expect it to be as quick as the coupe though, as convertibles are known to be a tad slower due to their less aerodynamic shape.

The drivetrain is yet another department where this cabriolet will be similar to the LC 500. And, this would be great news, as the coupe uses the company’s tried-and-true 5.0-liter V-8. Already offered in the RC-F and GS-F, the naturally aspirated mill cranks out 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet in the LC 500 and should do the same in the drop-top. It will mate to the same ten-speed automatic transmission and push the car from 0 to 60 mph in less than five seconds. Don’t expect it to be as quick as the coupe though, as convertibles are known to be a tad slower due to their less aerodynamic shape. With the LC 500 needing around 4.5 seconds to reach the benchmark, it’s safe to assume that the convertible will scream to 60 mph in about 4.7 ticks. Not bad!

Prices

With pricing for the LC 500 not yet available, it’s difficult to estimate how much would a convertible fetch. The coupe is rumored to run anywhere between $100,000 and $150,000 and it’s safe to assume that the drop-top will be a bit more expensive.

Competition

BMW 6 Series Convertible

BMW 6 Series Convertible

Revived in 2003 after a 14-year hiatus, the BMW 6 Series is one of the most popular luxury grand tourers on the market today. The current generation has been around since 2011 so it’s safe to assume that a brand-new model will arrive by the time Lexus launches a convertible version of the LC. Meanwhile, the 6 Series Convertible can also be had with a V-8 engine, but unlike the Lexus, its eight-cylinder displaces 4.4 liters and uses two turbos to get 445 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. The German drop-top needs 4.5 seconds to hit 60 mph before reaching an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. Pricing for the V-8-powered 650i starts from $94,900.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Convertible

Mercedes S-Class Convertible

It might seem a bit far fetched to compare the LC to the S-Class Convertible, but the Lexus is about the same size and its interior could give the Merc’s a run for its money if equipped with the proper technology and the right options. Similarities continue under the hood as well, where the S-Class packs a biturbo, 4.7-liter V-8 producing 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Although a bit less powerful than Lexus’ 5.0-liter, Mercedes’ V-8 makes up for it with a whopping 127 extra pound-feet of torque. Sprinting to 60 mph takes only 4.6 seconds, while top speed is limited at 155 mph. Unlike the 6 Series though, the S-Class Convertible will probably be more expensive than the LC with an estimated sticker of around $170,000.

Conclusion

Lexus LC Convertible

The Lexus LC convertible is just speculation as of this writing. The luxury brand hasn’t confirmed such a model is underway and there is no guarantee that the LC will lose its top. So why did we render such a car? Would a drop-top LC make sense for Lexus today? Our answer is yes! Most manufacturers are expanding at an incredible rate and the premium market is stronger than ever, growing with each year that passes and coming up with increasingly better cars.topspeed.com/cars/mercedes/index120.html” title=”Mercedes” onmouseover=’ if(this.getElementsByTagName(“img”)[0].src == “http://pictures.topspeed.com/images/lazy-loading-image.gif”){ this.getElementsByTagName(“img”)[0].setAttribute(“src”,this.getElementsByTagName(“img”)[0].getAttribute(“data-original”)); this.getElementsByTagName(“img”)[0].setAttribute(“width”,180); this.getElementsByTagName(“img”)[0].setAttribute(“height”,111); } ‘>Mercedes -Benz S-Class Cabriolet. The question is, will Lexus finally expand to give the Germans a run for their money or opt to stick to a limited lineup? We do hope it will choose the former.

LOVE IT

  • Gorgeous design
  • Luxurious interior with great potential in a convertible
  • Powerful V-8 engine that can be updated to “F” specs

LEAVE IT

  • Just a rendering for now
  • We don’t know whether Lexus wants to build it or not
  • Tough competition from the Germans

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