Are You Ready for a Roofless Lexus LC?

How to know if you're a born LC Convertible Concept driver

Posted: Feb 28, 2019

When the Lexus LC arrived a few years ago, the coupe proved notable for countless reasons, including its incredibly sexy exterior. One of the vehicle’s most surprising aspects, however, was the fact that it was never supposed to exist. The reason it does? Lexus fans loved the LC’s concept version so much that Lexus converted what was supposed to be a futuristic design exercise into street-legal reality.

It’s with this in mind that we’d like to turn your attention to the most recent Lexus LC concept vehicle, the LC Convertible concept that’s been turning heads at the 2019 auto shows. We’re not saying history is definitely going to repeat itself—an LC concept advancing to showroom availability—but we are saying it’s worth dreaming about the possibility, and whether you’d be a good match for a model like this. Some ways to tell:

You’re a person who can see the future (yours): Successful, ambitious people can generally picture where they’d like to be next, so they can continually work toward advancement. This is precisely what the LC Convertible concept also represents—an aspirational advancement of an already ambitious model. Chief Designer Tadao Mori puts it this way: “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.”

You know the best can always be made better: As one of Lexus’ flagship models, the current Lexus LC boasts a long list of top-tier features, from onboard Amazon Alexa* to a rapid-fire 10-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission. What could possibly make its driving experience even better? Enjoying all those premium features with the top down on a sunny summer day. (As you can see from the photos, the LC Convertible concept’s roof fits quite seamlessly into the vehicle’s elegant rear deck lid.)

You don’t mind being seen: When driving a vehicle like this with the top down, it’s a given that you’d be on display, too. And that means being okay with having the whole world know you’re the type of driver who’s earned such a premium driving experience. (The LC Convertible concept’s tailored white leather trim would give you an excellent backdrop, by the way.)

You enjoy driving for driving’s sake: Because there’s nothing quite like a premium, performance-minded convertible for sheer sensory-driving pleasure, the ideal Lexus LC Convertible driver is somebody who understands that driving is about more than the daily commute. It’s about the eagerness to get out and explore open roads and favorite destinations on a weekend afternoon—an appreciation of what it means to enjoy the exhilaration of just driving.

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Will an LC convertible ever become available as a production model? Only time will tell, and you can sign up to stay informed on LC Convertible concept developments. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to take a Lexus LC out for a quick test drive (your next service visit is a good time). Trust us, it’ll get you thinking about life with a premium Lexus coupe—with or without the top down.

By Brian Gill