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This is Lexus as good as confirming that an open-top version of its simply gorgeous LC flagship is on the way - it's called the LC Convertible Concept and it's going to have its debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit this month.
Little actual detail has been given about the LC Convertible at this stage, so we're guessing that it will use the same LC 500h and LC 500 hybrid and V8 drivetrains (respectively), but chief designer Tadao Mori has not-so-subtly hinted that a production version of the concept is ready to be green-lit.
Mori-san said of any potential showroom LC Convertible: "You would see its dynamic lines as you approach, hear its engine when you started it up and feel everything around you once on the road. It would engage the senses in a way that is unique and exciting every time you got behind the wheel. This concept takes the unmistakable design of the LC coupe and reimagines it as a future convertible. It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible."
Lexus says 'ultimate beauty' was the idea when penning the LC Convertible Concept, which features a white leather interior with contrast yellow stitching (bold), but - to be honest - the Coupe is utterly stunning as it is, so whipping the LC's roof off is hardly going to hurt it in the looks department.
Funnily enough, Lexus chose NAIAS 2017 as the debut for the LC Coupe, so there's a certain symmetry to the Japanese carmaker using this year's Detroit show as the place to first glimpse the forthcoming LC Convertible. Well, come on, who is fooled by this being a 'concept'? It's as good as launched, and that's all there is to it.