Lexus’ stunning LC 500 sports coupe gets transformed into a top down dream car just in time for the coming summer’s droptop weather. The LC 500 Convertible features a four-layer folding soft top that maintains the LC 500’s stunning body lines whether the top is up or down. Lexus did have to make a few design tweaks to the LC 500 as it transformed into a convertible. At the rear, the trunk is accentuated with a “kicked up” design that lifts its profile slightly, while the surface of the spoiler is laterally broadened to emphasize the low, wide stance of the car. The center brake light is now integrated into the trunk lid, unlike the coupe where it rests on the top of the rear windshield. The roof can be opened or closed at speeds of up to 31 mph and an animated display on the instrument panel shows the top’s progress. The LC 500 takes just 15 seconds to drop its top and only 16 seconds for it to close.
Lexus’ famous Climate Concierge system has been tweaked to automatically maintain cabin temperature whether the top is raised or lowered. New neck heaters keep your upper body warm, along with a steering wheel heater, seat heaters, and fan system designed to blow air on your hands when gripping the wheel. To help restrict unwanted air from entering into the cabin, a transparent polycarbonate wind deflector was designed, which also makes it easier for top down conversation. There is also an available wind screen to further reduce wind buffeting at higher speeds.
Powering the LC 500 Convertible is the same lively 471 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 found in the coupe. Lexus did, however, tweak the LC’s suspension, specifically in the rear, where engineers reshaped and relocated the rear suspension brace tower to further enhance structural rigidity. Lexus also added deployable roll bars which are hidden from view until a rollover is detected, at which point they pop up to protect the occupants. Look for the new LC 500 to arrive at Lexus dealers this summer with a starting price around $100,000.