Lexus will current a convertible model of its LC coupé on the Detroit motor present on Monday (14 January), forward of an anticipated manufacturing debut in 2020.
With a contoured rear deck designed to retailer a retractable roof, the convertible retains the identical dimensions because the LC coupé, and appears to be as production-ready as that automobile. There isn’t any indication but of whether or not the mannequin incorporates a material soft-top or folding metallic roof.
The LC Convertible is being positioned as a halo mannequin for Lexus, with the corporate hinting that its design will function the inspiration for future fashions.
Its 22in wheels trace on the mannequin’s efficiency ambitions, whereas a near-identical inside that includes the identical 2+2 format because the coupé units it up as a rival for high-end convertibles just like the Porsche 911 Cabriolet and new Ferrari Portofino.
Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC Convertible Idea, hinted at its potential to enter into manufacturing, affirming “manufacturing model of this idea could be exhilarating in many alternative methods”. Autocar understands manufacturing LC Convertible has been prioritised over a range-topping F variant of the LC in Lexus’s product plan as a result of its greater potential for international gross sales.
Historically, Lexus hardly ever shows an idea automobile with out intent of an imminent market launch, with examples together with 2016’s radical UX idea SUV evolving into the BMW X1-sized UX crossover.
A manufacturing model of the LC Convertible is prone to be made accessible with each the 5.Zero-litre naturally aspirated V8 within the LC500, and the three.5-litre V6 within the LC500h hybrid variant, which, coupled to a pair of electrical motors, produces 354bhp.
The LC Convertible idea will be anticipated to weigh greater than the 1935kg coupé on which it’s primarily based, which means a slight drop in prime velocity and acceleration occasions for a manufacturing model is probably going.
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