Lexus LC Convertible concept debuts in Detroit

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Lexus has revealed the LC Convertible Concept, scheduled to make its first public appearance next week in Detroit. Well, our questions have been answered: Meet the Lexus LC convertible "concept". In fact, it's one of the better coupe-to-convertible progressions we've seen of late-though full praise for the look may need to be held until we've seen the vehicle with the top up.

A six-figure sum is nearly inevitable then, but so too is the 5.0-litre V8 lump if the chief designer's winking comments about a production version being "exhilarating in many different ways" is to be taken at face value.

In addition to the visual appeal of the exterior sheetmetal, the LC Convertible concept attracts drivers and passengers alike with an allure of a cabin that caters to every need. The design is pretty much what you'd expect from an LC without a roof, meaning it's still painfully pretty.

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It's still at concept stage, and there are no details and when and how much, but from the look of the auto it's not far off the showrooms. He adds, "A production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways".

Lexus is providing no details as to powertrain options for the LC Convertible, but it would be shocking if the Coupe's duo of engine options weren't carried over for the droptop. It rides on 22-inch wheels that look fantastic, but that will probably be dropped on the way to actual production in favour of 20- or 21-inch units.

More than just a grand tourer, the strong exterior lines of the long, low and lean LC Convertible Concept reinforce its performance pedigree. That would suggest that the concept is all but ready to go into production, something very likely to happen, we anticipate, in the next year or two, at the most. Otherwise, it's the same LC that we know and love, and that's not a bad thing.

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