Lexus LC 500 Convertible Debuts Its Roofless Shape In Sunny LA

It will go on sale in summer 2020.

The Lexus LC 500 Convertible arrives at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and this model features a folding fabric roof. It goes on sale in summer 2020 as a 2021 model year vehicle.

he LC 500 Convertible looks largely similar to its coupe counterpart, except for a revised rear deck. The company notes the engineers’ effort to improve chassis rigidity with extra braces. The automaker also tweaks the front suspension to reduce the unsprung weight at this end, and the firm improves structural rigidity at the back by the reshaping and relocating suspension brace there. The exterior color choices include Ultra White, Smoky Granite, Liquid Platinum, Atomic Silver, Obsidian, Caviar, Infrared, Cadmium Orange, Flare Yellow, and Nightfall Mica.

The LC 500 Convertible uses a four-layer fabric top. Lexus consciously hides the frame underneath the material, so that you shouldn’t see it when the roof is in place. Drivers can operate the top within 15 seconds to open or 16 seconds to close at speeds up to 31 miles per hour (50 kilometers per hour). The automaker also tweaks the HVAC system to adjust the interior temperature if the top is up or down. In addition, there are neck heaters on this variant.

The powertrain is familiar from the coupe. Buyers get a V8 engine making 471 horsepower (351 kilowatts) and 398 pound-feet (540 Newton-meters) of torque. It runs through a 10-speed automatic. To hear the sound better, a pipe brings the engine’s note into the cabin, and Lexus specifically notes that this is not an electronic sound.

There will also be a limited run of Inspiration Series examples of the LC 500 Convertible with a limited run of 100 units. These vehicles feature a Structural Blue exterior with a blue roof and gray trim around the body. The interior wears a white, semi-aniline leather interior.

Lexus will auction the first LC 500 Convertible at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, that runs from January 11 through 19.

Source: Lexus

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