Lexus has finally revealed its new LC500 Convertible in production form, with the newcomer joining the coupé version as an “aspirational halo model” for the Japanese luxury brand.
Measuring 4 760 mm long, 1 920 mm wide and 1 350 mm tall, the LC500 Convertible shares its 2 870 mm wheelbase with the aforementioned coupé.
The four-layer soft top is fashioned from fabric that Lexus promises won’t wrinkle, while also offering decent sound insulation. The roof can be opened (in 15 seconds) or closed (in 16 seconds) at speeds up to 50 km/h.
The automatic folding mechanism neatly stores the top under an integrated tonneau cover, while neck heaters and a transparent wind deflector are included in the cabin.
Lexus claims the “strategic placement” and shape of the rear suspension tower brace means the vehicle’s structural rigidity has been “significantly enhanced”. Other braces, meanwhile, are employed under the body.
Power comes from the same naturally aspirated 5,0-litre V8 used by the coupé, mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission and offering 351 kW and 540 N.m to the rear wheels. Lexus says the new model employs a “sound generator” to transmit intake noises through the dash panel.
From what we understand, Lexus plans to launch the LC500 Convertible in South Africa at some point in 2020.
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