According to a Motoring Australia interview with Lexus RC chief engineer Junichi Furyama, the new coupe has a potential future as a convertible:
However, while willing to reveal the rear-wheel drive two-door coupe boasted underbody bracing that would aid development of a replacement for the outdated IS 250C, Furyama was not prepared to confirm that a green light had been given to RC convertible production.
“We are preparing so if we decide to provide the convertible model from this it is possible from the engineering perspective,” he told motoring.com.au. “But there is no actual plan for a convertible.
“The main purpose of this car is to create an aggressive image for the Lexus brand. A hard top coupe is suitable for that purpose compared with a convertible, because a convertible is for older people.”
As Furyama-san mentions, the coupe is much too important to start talking about a convertible version just yet, and that’s even more true if the article is correct and the RC isn’t scheduled to be released until the second half of 2014.
(The above rendering by Theophilus Chin just proves how compatible the RC is with a convertible roof — going to be quite a looker when it comes out.)