Lexus has unveiled its new and sexy LC 500 convertible, which joins the LC 500 Coupe that is currently on sale in Mzansi.
The new LC 500 Convertible’s public debut is scheduled to take place at the upcoming 2019 Los Angeles auto show, with a confirmed Mzansi introduction soon after. Besides going toppless, the new convertible has retained its award winning design cues that are almost entirely in concept form and should be a ‘hit’ when it reaches Mzansi markets. Changes made to accommodate the folding roof include lifted and widened rear trunk lid lines and most importantly the automatic folding mechanism stores the roof under an integrated cover that extends the bright interior color for a more sophisticated appearance. The roof can be opened or closed at speeds of up to 50km/h.
The 4 seat cabin remains largely unchanged from the Coupe model, with the only change being the “L” logo embossed on the back of headrests. The interior is still however a bit of a let down after the stunning exterior with a conventional look and layout. That let down will quickly disappear when you realize the high-grade fit and finish, intuitive layout, leather-lined exclusive seats that hold you in all the right places. Accessive wind flow whilst driving with the top down is kept in check by the use of a transparent polycarbonate wind deflector for improved cabin quietness.
The sonorous sounding 351kW/540Nm 5.0litre naturally aspirated V8 has been retained and now affords a more audible tone when the top is down. Drive is to the rear wheels via a 10 speed automatic (yes, that’s no spell error, the LC500 has 10 gears). Lexus engineers have created an engine induction sound that when enjoyed together with the bubbly V8 exhaust, enthrals occupants with a concert hall effect of engine symphony. Handling dynamics are taken care of by the Lexus Dynamic Handling system, a limited slip differential and a Vehicle Stability Control designed to enhance driving dynamics. Light materials, multi-link suspension and a stiff body ensure excellent agility when pushing this stunner on your favorite road.
The new LC 500 Convertible is scheduled to go on sale in 2020 with the local launch date yet be confirme stay tuned.