Lexus has confirmed that it plans to produce a convertible version of its flagship LC coupe, structuring the announcement around a run up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
“The Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrates the history and culture of the automobile and serves as a gathering place for some of history’s most notable cars and drivers,” said Lexus International Executive Vice President Koji Sato. “Lexus is honored to join this festival, and I could not be happier to unveil this prototype model of the LC Convertible here at the same venue where the LC coupe made its debut in 2016.”
No details were announced other than the vague statement that the LC convertible would go into production “in the near future.” Lexus had unveiled the well-received LC Convertible Concept earlier this year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, capturing the EyesOn Design Award.
The LC lineup is currently made up of two coupes — the LC 500 and the hybrid LC 500h. With the current state of electrification in the auto industry, it’s more than likely the convertible model will also have the two powertrain options.
The elegant presentation, precise craftsmanship and sporty performance of the LC 500s have established the model as one of the most internationally desired in the world.
The well-masked (pixelated) LC Prototype showed design proportions similar to the coupe — well-balanced on large wheels, with short overhangs front and rear. The car was piloted up the hill by Japan Super GT series racer Nick Cassidy. It will be tested at various venues in coming months, gathering feedback for engineers prior to the car’s production version’s debut, which has also not been disclosed.
Detailed specifications and pricing will be available at that time.