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What will the Lexus LC Convertible Look Like?

Lexus LC Convertible

Japanese website Response is reporting that a Lexus LC convertible will be released in 2019 alongside the coupe’s first visual refresh. This may seem like an ambitious timeline, but stranger things have happened.

Flagship convertibles may be a small segment in overall sales, but there’s no questioning its prestige — an LC convertible is a logical step for Lexus as they expand the top-end of their lineup.

Response claims the LC design update will include a more aggressive front-face, including massive daytime running lights that extend into the hood. Technical challenges aside, the dramatic DRLs would be an impressive sight.

There’s also mention of a 3.0L turbocharged V6 with 443 horsepower being introduced with the LC, and I’m of two minds — the engine would be a perfect addition to the Lexus powertrain lineup, but not at the expense of removing the V8 character from the LC coupe.

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Gecko
How can Mercedes and BMW release a coupe, convertible and high performance variant all at the same time, but it takes Lexus three years?
Bean counters. They don't want to take any risks, that's PTSD from the Lost Decade. Instead of making something and worry about sales afterwards, they want the thing to sell before it's made (which is questionable logic).

See how long they experimented with the 86 (and half failed) to 'see if there's demand for Toyota sportscars' before starting this whole GR stuff? Even now they only build the Yaris GRMN in limited numbers despite it being a highly coveted hothatch (due to its purist appeal).

But now LC proved to be a success. With a convertible it could almost completely claim the $100k GT market for itself. The Mercedes SL, despite having a long rich history, fails to fend off this new comer.
Gecko
How can Mercedes and BMW release a coupe, convertible and high performance variant all at the same time, but it takes Lexus three years?
Bean counters. They don't want to take any risks, that's PTSD from the Lost Decade. Instead of making something and worry about sales afterwards, they want the thing to sell before it's made (which is questionable logic).

See how long they experimented with the 86 (and half failed) to 'see if there's demand for Toyota sportscars' before starting this whole GR stuff? Even now they only build the Yaris GRMN in limited numbers despite it being a highly coveted hothatch (due to its purist appeal).

But now LC proved to be a success. With a convertible it could almost completely claim the $100k GT market for itself. The Mercedes SL, despite having a long rich history, fails to fend off this new comer.
Gecko
How can Mercedes and BMW release a coupe, convertible and high performance variant all at the same time, but it takes Lexus three years?
Bean counters. They don't want to take any risks, that's PTSD from the Lost Decade. Instead of making something and worry about sales afterwards, they want the thing to sell before it's made (which is questionable logic).

See how long they experimented with the 86 (and half failed) to 'see if there's demand for Toyota sportscars' before starting this whole GR stuff? Even now they only build the Yaris GRMN in limited numbers despite it being a highly coveted hothatch (due to its purist appeal).

But now LC proved to be a success. With a convertible it could almost completely claim the $100k GT market for itself. The Mercedes SL, despite having a long rich history, fails to fend off this new comer.
mikeavelli
I wonder hardtop or softop? LC F roadster :D
That's the $64,000 question. I strongly and fervently hope they go with Lexus' first-ever soft top. The weight, mechanical complexity and space-robbing disadvantages of a retractable hardtop are sizable, and advances in soft top sound insulation make this, I think, a no-brainer. Heck, if soft tops are good enough for luxury brands that place a premium on quietness such as Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Mercedes' S-Class, they should definitely be good enough for Lexus...
mikeavelli
I wonder hardtop or softop? LC F roadster :D
That's the $64,000 question. I strongly and fervently hope they go with Lexus' first-ever soft top. The weight, mechanical complexity and space-robbing disadvantages of a retractable hardtop are sizable, and advances in soft top sound insulation make this, I think, a no-brainer. Heck, if soft tops are good enough for luxury brands that place a premium on quietness such as Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Mercedes' S-Class, they should definitely be good enough for Lexus...
mikeavelli
I wonder hardtop or softop? LC F roadster :D
That's the $64,000 question. I strongly and fervently hope they go with Lexus' first-ever soft top. The weight, mechanical complexity and space-robbing disadvantages of a retractable hardtop are sizable, and advances in soft top sound insulation make this, I think, a no-brainer. Heck, if soft tops are good enough for luxury brands that place a premium on quietness such as Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Mercedes' S-Class, they should definitely be good enough for Lexus...
ssun30
Bean counters. They don't want to take any risks, that's PTSD from the Lost Decade. Instead of making something and worry about sales afterwards, they want the thing to sell before it's made (which is questionable logic).
Honestly though, Lexus has always been like this. I don't think they've ever gone whole heartedly all-in like they should.
ssun30
Bean counters. They don't want to take any risks, that's PTSD from the Lost Decade. Instead of making something and worry about sales afterwards, they want the thing to sell before it's made (which is questionable logic).
Honestly though, Lexus has always been like this. I don't think they've ever gone whole heartedly all-in like they should.
ssun30
Bean counters. They don't want to take any risks, that's PTSD from the Lost Decade. Instead of making something and worry about sales afterwards, they want the thing to sell before it's made (which is questionable logic).
Honestly though, Lexus has always been like this. I don't think they've ever gone whole heartedly all-in like they should.
It's great that we'll get an LC vert in a couple of years. What about an RC vert as well? It could be a one, two punch from Lexus. The LF-C2 is basically a prototype for an RC vert. Curious what an LC vert will look like. Look forward to see and maybe get an LC convertible in the future.

LC 500
LC 500h
LC 500 C
LC 500h C
It's great that we'll get an LC vert in a couple of years. What about an RC vert as well? It could be a one, two punch from Lexus. The LF-C2 is basically a prototype for an RC vert. Curious what an LC vert will look like. Look forward to see and maybe get an LC convertible in the future.

LC 500
LC 500h
LC 500 C
LC 500h C
It's great that we'll get an LC vert in a couple of years. What about an RC vert as well? It could be a one, two punch from Lexus. The LF-C2 is basically a prototype for an RC vert. Curious what an LC vert will look like. Look forward to see and maybe get an LC convertible in the future.

LC 500
LC 500h
LC 500 C
LC 500h C
Holy fuq that is hot :heart_eyes:


"An inside source at the company said the LC was a “done deal” and likely to see the light of day within 18 months to two years."

Can someone explain to me why it will take Lexus 18-24 months to design a convertible for a car they started engineering in 2012? At that point, it will have taken 8 years to create an LC convertible.
Holy fuq that is hot :heart_eyes:


"An inside source at the company said the LC was a “done deal” and likely to see the light of day within 18 months to two years."

Can someone explain to me why it will take Lexus 18-24 months to design a convertible for a car they started engineering in 2012? At that point, it will have taken 8 years to create an LC convertible.
Holy fuq that is hot :heart_eyes:


"An inside source at the company said the LC was a “done deal” and likely to see the light of day within 18 months to two years."

Can someone explain to me why it will take Lexus 18-24 months to design a convertible for a car they started engineering in 2012? At that point, it will have taken 8 years to create an LC convertible.
They've likely just recently started working on the convertible, probably as part of the LC's first refresh. We're nearing the end of the TNGA-ification of Lexus aside from the IS and the BOF trucks so there's almost certainly more engineering time becoming available.
They've likely just recently started working on the convertible, probably as part of the LC's first refresh. We're nearing the end of the TNGA-ification of Lexus aside from the IS and the BOF trucks so there's almost certainly more engineering time becoming available.
They've likely just recently started working on the convertible, probably as part of the LC's first refresh. We're nearing the end of the TNGA-ification of Lexus aside from the IS and the BOF trucks so there's almost certainly more engineering time becoming available.
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The LC convertible has been spotted already back in the winter of this year. What everyone thought was an LC-F mule, was likely no other than an LC with a chopped roof.

I discovered this while trying to retrace steps, on when to expect an LC-F and comparing it to the timetable for the GS F and RC-F mule to prototype spy shots.

Which is when I then quickly realized that a zebra colored LC mule did not have anything special in sound, compared to a loud black LS testing 10 months ago. But its A pillars were oddly misaligned and its roof was incomplete as well.
The LC convertible has been spotted already back in the winter of this year. What everyone thought was an LC-F mule, was likely no other than an LC with a chopped roof.

I discovered this while trying to retrace steps, on when to expect an LC-F and comparing it to the timetable for the GS F and RC-F mule to prototype spy shots.

Which is when I then quickly realized that a zebra colored LC mule did not have anything special in sound, compared to a loud black LS testing 10 months ago. But its A pillars were oddly misaligned and its roof was incomplete as well.
The LC convertible has been spotted already back in the winter of this year. What everyone thought was an LC-F mule, was likely no other than an LC with a chopped roof.

I discovered this while trying to retrace steps, on when to expect an LC-F and comparing it to the timetable for the GS F and RC-F mule to prototype spy shots.

Which is when I then quickly realized that a zebra colored LC mule did not have anything special in sound, compared to a loud black LS testing 10 months ago. But its A pillars were oddly misaligned and its roof was incomplete as well.
Would TMC really make a LC convertible when it is a segment with the least sales?

The 2 LFA convertibles never came our, same with the LF-C2
Would TMC really make a LC convertible when it is a segment with the least sales?

The 2 LFA convertibles never came our, same with the LF-C2

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