By on July 15, 2019

Earlier in the month, Lexus brought a convertible LC to the United Kingdom’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. While the car came clad in silvery camouflage and was officially referred to as a “prototype,” we didn’t take it all that seriously. Drop-top cars haven’t been in vogue for quite some time and — if we’re being honest — the LC hasn’t been super popular either.

A lot of that has to do with the coupe boasting an entry point of nearly six-figures. Sleek and sexy, the LC makes a wonderful grand tourer for those seeking something a bit more plush than a Porsche 911 and are willing to sacrifice a bit of performance for said luxury. However most people with the means to pick between the two will still select the more-expensive, and hardcore, German.

For holdover convertible enthusiasts, there wasn’t even a choice to be made. Porsche was offering an open-air experience while Toyota’s luxury arm was not — and had not since 2015. But that’s about to change, because Lexus has confirmed that the LC convertible will eventually enter production. 

The Japanese automaker verified the move with Automotive News on Monday, saying it would begin assembly “in the near future.” But it was dropping unsubtle hints to the rest of us prior to that (including a concept), suggesting an open-air LC would broaden the company’s lineup and give “a sense of a completeness to the brand’s flagship models.” It even referenced a probable production model, without explicitly stating there would actually be one. Now we know better.

For our money, this seems like a decent decision. While your author prefers being exposed to the elements on two wheels, rather than four, exceptions can be made for a more-traditional GT — which is what the LC is. Lexus’ current flagship (RIP, LFA) is not so much about achieving the best lap times and seeing what the car is like a ten tenths, it’s about making a visual statement and giving the auto an aggressive nudge here and there during a weekend road trip to somewhere nice.

Details on the car are, as of yet, nonexistent. Presumably it’ll be the standard LC but, you know, without a roof. Available in LC 500 and LC 500h hybrid formats, the current LC line starts at $93,225 (after delivery fees) for a coupe producing 471 horsepower from its 5.0-liter V8 with power routed to the rear wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. Optioning the hybrid reduces horsepower and raises the price… but it’s your money.

Lexus said to expect more details later this year.

[Images: Lexus]

 

 

 

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14 Comments on “Confirmed: Lexus LC Convertible...”


  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Confirmed: I want one. In Infrared.

  • avatar
    James2

    They camo’d the wrong part of the car.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    The LC is averaging 111 sales per month (US sales). If we’re generous, an LC convertible might move 10 units per month.

    By comparison, Toyota Mirai sales are blistering. The LC convertible was probably approved by the same geniuses who approved the Mirai.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Oh look – it’s the car I’m going to buy used when my kids are out of car seats!

    But that won’t help Lexus sell one new.

    • 0 avatar
      ToddAtlasF1

      I used to know a woman who bought an SC430 for the sort of depreciated price associated with single-use disposable luxury cars from Europe. She loved it.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    I don’t understand the point of camo it doesn’t hide any lines and the cars look exactly the same with a coat of paint or a dumb barcode wrap.

    Not a bad looking ride, certainly would consider if I were 20 years older, open up the V8 exhaust on an open top not named after a horse and you’ll put to shame nearly every other “luxury” car on the street sporting a sad sack 4 cyl or V6.

    The pricing is all wrong, there is nothing special enough about this car to justify the ridiculous price, your paying nearly double what my SS sedan cost to go 0.1 seconds faster from 0-60 without the awesome manual trans.

    • 0 avatar
      ToddAtlasF1

      There is something deeply wrong with the LC marketing team. Between product placement in an SJW comic book movie and this block-camo appearance, heads should roll.

  • avatar
    Peter Gazis

    Lexus fans because at your age:
    10) you don’t want anything to get between you and heaven.
    9) you can take full advantage bald head aerodynamics
    8) American & European cars are just too fast.
    7) you don’t need Viagra to get the top up.
    6) just crapped your pants now you don’t have to smell it
    5) You’re not backing up traffic. You’re leading your own parade.
    4) Panoramic roofs don’t come in bifocal.
    3) Melanoma just be happy you’re not in a Coma.
    2) who says your unattractive. On a scale of 1 to 10 urinate.

    And the #1 reason to buy a Lexus LC convertible.
    Face it, you’re kids and grandkids are a bunch of ungrateful pricks. They’re just lucky they came along long before DNA tests. Mine as well spend all your money before you die.

    • 0 avatar
      ToddAtlasF1

      I really feel for Buick. With full employment, they’re having a heck of a time finding quality shills to execute their social media strategy. CarMax says only Cadillac buyers are older than Buick buyers, and the Chinese have to rely on the likes to you to peddle Envisions? Poor babies.

      • 0 avatar
        Peter Gazis

        ToddAtlasF1

        Buick killed the Lacrosse
        Lexus ES sales are up

        CarMax sells used vehicles their statistics lag the overall market. Your facts are as outdated as Toyota’s product line.

  • avatar
    stuki

    Windshield is too raked for a ‘vert. C’mon Lexus, if Honda could make aerodynamics work with a proper windshield rake in the S2000 back in the day, You can do it now. It can’t be that impossible.


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