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Lexus designer Tadao Mori, talking of the simply revealed LC convertible idea, says, “A manufacturing model of this idea could be exhilarating in many various methods.” Would be ? This idea is exhilarating-so a lot so that we would like to use the identical current tense to its standing as a manufacturing automobile. To date, it is a present automotive making its debut on the 2019 Detroit auto present.

What’s there to consider, Lexus? The slinky LC coupe that is been on sale since 2017 nonetheless appears like an idea automotive that Lexus by accident shipped to dealerships. This for-now hypothetical topless variant cranks up the visible wattage to electrocution ranges. Just like the hardtop LC, the topless convertible has a rakish stance and voluptuous physique contours. A pair of bladelike flying buttresses move from behind every rear headrest to the taillights, tamping down the visible top of the LC’s booty. Though the convertible’s rear deck seems for much longer than the coupe’s stubby piece, the model works and is a lot better negotiated than the rear on its would-be competitor, the Mercedes-Benz SL-class.

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From the place we’re sitting, little in regards to the convertible idea appears conceptual. Unquestionably, it is a production-ready automobile (seemingly a chopped-up series-production LC coupe), albeit sporting too-big (and really engaging) 22-inch wheels. Drop an inch from these rims’ diameters to a extra pothole-friendly 20- or 21-inch design, be sure that the power-folding roof operates because it ought to and retains water out, and put this factor on sale!

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Lexus is offering few particulars in regards to the idea past its dimensions (predictably, it’s almost the identical measurement because the coupe, being 0.four inch longer and 0.2 inch decrease), and earnest quotes from its designer hinting that an LC convertible appears headed to sellers sooner or later. Ought to that pan out, search for the manufacturing mannequin to be out there solely in LC500 guise with the LC500 coupe’s 471-hp 5.0-liter V-8. The coupe’s LC500h hybrid powertrain most likely will not make the leap to the convertible, largely as a result of its lithium-ion battery pack sits between the rear shock towers, behind its vestigial rear seat-precisely the place the LC convertible’s roof would should be saved when lowered. However perhaps Lexus will discover a strategy to reconcile that packaging conundrum. One factor’s for sure: If Lexus builds this LC convertible (and we hope it does), it will possibly solely be heavier than the already porky coupe. If it appears this good, nonetheless, we can’t care.

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