Something new is billed to happen with the LC Coupe as Lexus has announced it will re-imagine it as the new Coupe. The original Lexus LC500 Coupe when it was first shown as a concept way back in 2012, was a great sight to behold. One could imagine what it would look like when it is re-imagined as a convertible.
The dream will come to a reality with the unveiling of the exquisite Lexus LC Convertible at this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).
“This concept takes the unmistakable design of the LC coupe and re-imagines it as a future convertible,” said Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC Convertible Concept, ahead of the NAIAS debut. “It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible.”
Unlike the cumbersome Lexus SC convertible that vanished with a whimper in 2010 after an eight-year run, the new LC concept shuns a foldable hardtop for a conventional soft roof that better allows it to retain the basic shape of the coupe model.
As is the norm with a “concept” vehicle, there are a few points of exaggeration, most notably the 22-inch wheels that would all but certainly be downsized in production. But the fact that the show car has conventionally sized sideview mirrors is quite telling. That would suggest that the concept is all but ready to go into production, something likely to happen, observers anticipate, in the next year or two, at most.
This year’s showing by Lexus runs in sharp contrast to industry trends, most manufacturers shifting focus from sedans, coupes and sports cars to SUVs and CUVs as well as some new models that emphasize the “sport” in sport-utility, like Ford’s new Explorer ST.
The Japanese brand’s other introduction shines in the spotlight on two versions of its already sporty RC coupe, including a limited-edition “track” model specifically designed for serious performance enthusiasts.
“Aside from the LFA, (the limited-volume supercar of a few years back), this is the fastest, most powerful vehicle we’ve ever built,” said Bob Carter, executive vice president of sales for Toyota Motor North America.