New Lexus LC Convertible confirmed for production

Prototype of the upcoming Lexus LC Convertible revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, with production starting "in the near future"

Lexus has confirmed that the LC family is set to grow, with the gorgeous Coupe soon to be joined by an open top variant. Following on from the LC Convertible Concept shown at the 2019 Detroit Auto show, a prototype of the production model has made its disguised debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The BMW 8 Series Convertible competitor’s arrival  will mark the first time that Lexus has offered an open top GT car since production of the SC430 ended in 2010. Just like both its predecessor and the earlier concept, the LC Convertible is likely to use a retractable hard top roof. The mechanism will fit behind the cabin which, like in the Coupe, sports a 2+2 seating layout.

The new roof is expected to force the LC Coupe’s dramatic ‘floating’ roofline, that gently falls towards the bootlid, to be replaced by a more abrupt drop towards a long, flat rear deck. Expect boot and rear seat space – neither of which are generous on the Coupe – to be compromised further by the need to stow away the roof.

Confirmation of the convertible follows on from earlier spy shots of a hot LC F is also on the horizon. The BMW M8 rival will offer around 600bhp from a twin-turbocharged V8.

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