The LC 500 Coupe is already a thing of beauty and the drop-top is predictably even more of a show-stopper. Revealed at the 2019 Los Angeles International Auto Show, the LC 500 Convertible features a four-layer soft-top that can be opened or closed at speeds of up to 31 mph. The roof takes 15 seconds to open and just a second longer than this to close.
The LC Convertible has so far only been shown in LC 500 grade, which means a 5.0-liter V-8 sitting up front and pumping out 471 horsepower. The engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic and spins the rear wheels only.
The soft-top itself is offered in either Black or Beige to complement the LC 500’s color palette. At the back, the middle brake light has been incorporated into the trunk lid and when neatly stowed beneath a tonneau cover, the coupe’s dramatic design details like the tall grille and sharp, stretched headlights work just as effectively on the convertible. If sheer desirability was the goal, it appears that Lexus has hit the nail on the head with this one.
The cabin is also a treat, with premium-feeling materials and plenty of interesting design elements. There’s also a 10.3-inch split-screen and the welcome inclusion of Android Auto, although Lexus has persisted with its fussy trackpad-style infotainment system – the setup still trails what you can find in rivals like the BMW 8 Series Convertible.
The LC coupe starts at $93,325, and the convertible version should run even higher. Potential rivals include Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class Cabriolet and SL-Class, the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible, and the Porsche 911 Cabriolet.