Lexus is taking a bit off the top of their LC 500 coupe to create the LC Convertible. Aside from a revised rear deck—and the convertible top, of course—the car stays largely the same, but that’s not a knock, it’s a compliment.
There are a few improvements to the LC Convertible. The engineers at Lexus revisited the front suspension to reduce unsprung weight and they improved chassis rigidity with a few extra braces. The convertible also has a reshaped and relocated suspension brace in the back to improve structural rigidity.
As for the convertible top, the folding fabric roof comes in four layers, with the frame concealed within the layers. Lexus claims that the roof takes only 15 seconds to open and 16 seconds to close and can do both at speeds up to 31 miles per hour. The heating and air conditioning system will automatically adjust to whether the top is up or down to ensure comfort. There are also neck heaters in this convertible. The interior is done in a white, semi-aniline leather. You can also pick up an Inspiration Series that features a Stuctural Blue exterior and a blue roof and gray trim—but these cars will be limited to only 100 units.
Under the hood the powertrain is familiar. The LC Convertible comes with a V8 engine that is capable of 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. The engine mates with a 10-speed automatic. With the roof down you’ll want to be able to hear the car over the rushing wind, and you will thanks to the inclusion of a pipe that brings the engine’s roar into the cabin. Lexus was very specific to note that this isn’t electronic sound, but the real deal.
Lexus plans to auction off the first LC 500 Convertible at the Barret-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, which starts January 11 and ends on the 19.