Lexus LC Convertible is Coming Soon
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 was downright gorgeous. Second, it came with a naturally aspirated V-8 that’s both powerful and reliable. Third, Lexus finally unleashed a performance coupe that’s larger than the RC.
The Lexus LC coupe could gain a convertible and a high-performance LC F companion this year, but the drop-top is likely to appear well ahead of any hardcore go-fast model.
Automotive News reports that a Lexus LC convertible is a strong possibility, and would be one of the first derivatives to emerge if Toyota decides to expand the LC range.
“A convertible version would be the first to come to market, giving dealers their long-sought Lexus drop-top and an answer to the LC’s competitors, all of which offer a convertible iteration.”
Koji Sato, the LC’s chief engineer and platform engineer for Lexus’ new GA-L platform, told the industry publication that the architecture is structurally sound enough to support convertible models.
In addition to this, the LC has been packaged to accommodate an all-wheel drive system.
Why the LC? The LC is a new flagship 2+2 performance coupe for Lexus’ global model range, not only showcasing the qualities of design, beauty, engineering and advanced technology that define it as a premium vehicle manufacturer, but also symbolizing its ambition as a luxury lifestyle brand. The Lexus LC will go on sale in the U.S. in spring 2017.
The LC isn’t simply a car that looks good. It has been engineered in every dimension to deliver a very special driving experience. “Even sharper and more refined” were the constant watchwords as Lexus honed every aspect of the car’s performance, ride and handling. It is a contemporary interpretation of the finest traditions of the grand tourer, a coupe focused on the road, not the track. Its handling, responsiveness and comfort have been tuned to deliver a rewarding and hugely enjoyable experience.
The LC 500h marks a new step in the development of hybrid technology; it is the first model to benefit from Lexus’ Multi Stage Hybrid system. Adding a multi stage shift device to the 3.5-liter V6 hybrid powertrain helps transform the driving experience, witnessed in greater torque, more usable power across a wider range of engine speeds and rhythmic, linear acceleration that gives the driver the sensation of working with a ten-speed automatic gearbox. Moreover, these qualities are delivered with all the smoothness and efficiency for which Lexus Hybrid Drive is renowned.
The LC 500 is powered by the latest development of Lexus’ normally aspirated V8 gasoline engine, tuned to deliver 471 hp, with improved acceleration feel to the driver and the kind of engine note that only eight cylinders can deliver. This unit is matched to the aforementioned 10-speed direct shift automatic to offer a genuinely rewarding driving experience.