Keep in mind the Lexus LC Convertible idea from the Detroit Auto Present in January? Nicely, apparently Lexus (and the general public, it appears) favored it a lot that it’s placing the droptop model of the beautiful coupé into manufacturing, with specs and a launch date to be introduced in a while.
To whet our appetites, the corporate determined to place a camouflaged prototype via its paces on the Goodwood Competition of Pace over the weekend, pushed by Tremendous GT racer Nick Cassidy. The event mule will then hit numerous different venues to allow engineers to collect suggestions.
Regardless of the trippy QR code-like wrap, it’s clear that the automobile has retained the show-stopping appears to be like of the idea – which is not any shock, on condition that the latter appeared nearly precisely just like the hardtop, solely with its roof lopped off. Not that that’s a nasty factor, in fact.
Certainly, the dramatically lengthy and low proportions have stayed on, together with particulars just like the triangular headlights, the intricate spindle grille, sweeping curves and three-dimensional tail lights. The raised rear deck with its protruding twin strakes, in the meantime, have been lifted from the cabrio idea.
The one distinction is that the prototype loses the present automobile’s large – and glitzy – 22-inch alloy wheels, retaining the coupé’s 21-inch objects. Nonetheless, the bigger curler might present up on the choices record when the automobile enters manufacturing, so don’t depend them out simply but.
Technical specs have but to be launched, however we’d anticipate a manufacturing model to soldier on with the identical two engine choices because the coupé. There’s the LC 500 with a 5.zero litre naturally-aspirated V8 making 471 hp and 540 Nm of torque, mated to a 10-speed automated transmission, in addition to the LC 500h hybrid that pairs a 299 PS/356 Nm three.5 litre V6 with a 180 PS/300 Nm electrical motor for a complete system output of 354 hp, together with a four-speed automated that simulates the texture of a 10-speeder.
“The Goodwood Competition of Pace celebrates the historical past and tradition of the car, and serves as a gathering place for a few of historical past’s most notable vehicles and drivers. Lexus is honoured to affix this pageant, and I couldn’t be happier to unveil this prototype mannequin of the LC Convertible right here on the similar venue the place the LC coupe made its debut in 2016,” mentioned Lexus government vp Koji Sato.
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