• Body Type Convertible
  • Segment Luxury
  • Engine Displacement 5.0 L
  • Horsepower 470 PS
  • Transmission Type AT
  • Energy Type Fuel
  • Overview
  • Exterior
  • Interior
  • Features
  • Driving Performance
  • Ride Comfort
  • Fuel Comusmption
  • Conclusion
  • Overview

    Lexus LC Convertible Overview

    Lexus’s flagship drop-top grand tourer, the Lexus LC Convertible, is perhaps one of the most exciting product to come from the Japanese luxury automaker in recent times since the iconic Lexus LFA. Based on the futuristic 2012 LF-LC Concept, the stunning Lexus LC Convertible exemplifies a classic GT proportion with its long bonnet and short rear overhang packaged in a front-engine rear-wheel-drive format, but with a folding fabric roof in place of the carbon fibre hard top.

    Like the Coupé variant, the Convertible is equipped with a sonorous 5.0 litre naturally aspirated V8 engine and dubbed the Lexus LC 500 Convertible for obvious reason. Priced from RM 1,302,815, it is easily one of the most expensive models in Lexus Malaysia’s vehicle lineup, second only to the Lexus LS 500 Executive (Kiriko) luxury sedan and commands a hefty RM 100,000 premium over the Coupé variant.

  • Exterior

    Lexus LC Convertible Design

    The Lexus LC 500 Coupé is arguably the better proportioned piece of design, but Lexus has managed to retain the artistic panache and dynamic prowess of the Coupé by redesigning the forward pillars, rearguard, boot lid, additional underbody bracing and rear-biased weight distribution of the Convertible, all whilst retaining the seamless blend of sharp creases and smooth curved surfaces of the car.

    Unlike most Lexus, the exterior is no longer defined only by the extravagant spindle grille design, although it is still a stunning slab of a statement piece. The upsweeping beltline gives the impression of a hunkered down predator ready to pounce. With the soft top drawn, the streamlined soft top roof matches the hard-top’s sleek silhouette. Wrinkle-free cloth roof, which is available in several colours, are made from four layers of fabric, specifically designed to reduce noise and conceal the aluminium-magnesium frame.

    The sculpted rear fairings with the integrated tonneau cover tuck the roof in neatly out of sight when not in use while the transparent polycarbonate wind deflector channels wind away from the passenger at speeds of up to 60 km/h. Innovative active roll bar technology allows for a more streamlined design at the rear. The rear profile has also been subtly tweaked for an even more dramatic appearance. Integrated boot lid spoiler is exaggerated to accentuate the car’s athletic stance, punctuated by the quad exhaust tail pipe.

    Lexus LC Convertible Dimension

    The Lexus LC Convertible is Lexus’ flagship grand tourer and positioned just above the Lexus RC compact executive coupé. The convertible retains a near identical dimension to the Coupé, measuring at only 5 mm taller while occupying the same exact footprint. Tipping the scale at 2,055 kg, it is 90 kg heavier than the Coupé variant due to the extra underbody bracing to compensate for the lack of roof.


     Dimensions
     Length  4,770 mm
     Width  1,920 mm
     Height  1,350 mm
     Wheelbase  2,870 mm



     

  • Interior

    Lexus LC Convertible Interior

    Stepping inside from any one of the asymmetry doors, the convertible is just as well-appointed as the Coupé. The tiered dashboard layout with sweeping surfaces is upholstered in high quality leather and accented with metallic ornament. The Lexus logo embossed front seats are covered in semi-aniline leather, separated by an elevated centre console which houses the Remote Touch interface and an integrated grab handle.

    Driver gets the LFA-inspired digital instrument display with a moving rev counter alongside the 10.3-inch centre display that seamlessly integrates into the tiered dashboard design. Lexus hallmark analog clock adds a premium touch to the already up-market cabin.

    Key touchpoints in the cabin are finished in quilted and perforated leather. The ‘inside’ of the Convertible turns into ‘outside’ in 15 seconds (closing takes 16 seconds) using the controls hidden under the palm rest aft of the touchpad (max speed 50 km/h).

  • Features

    Lexus LC Convertible Features

    The fully automated roof system features insulated multi-layered fabric that folds away in near silence like a motorized origami with its operational status shown by an animation and progress bar in the multi-info display. And with the roof down, the transparent rear deflector between the rear seats channel air flow towards the rear while driving at speeds of up to 60km/h.

    The Lexus Climate Concierge automatically controls the cabin temperature, seat heaters and Ventilated Seats for the front seats depending on whether the soft top is open or closed. Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound System is available as standard and it incorporates an 11-channel amplifier that drives 13 speakers, including speakers integrated into the rear seat headrests. The system automatically adjusts the sound architecture in real-time to deliver the audio quality you enjoy with the top down, while harmonising with the sound of the engine.

    Safety comes courtesy of Lexus Safety System +, which brings along advanced driver assistance systems like Pre-Collision System, Lane Keep Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Automatic High Beam. Lexus innovative Active Roll Bars are hidden from sight and automatically deploy upwards only when a collision or a rollover is detected. 


  • Driving Performance

    Lexus LC Convertible Driving Performance

    Engine

    Under the hood is the same 2UR-GSE 5.0 litre naturally aspirated V8 engine from the Coupé that redlines at a stratospheric 7,300 RPM. It pushes out 477 PS at 7,100 rpm and 540 Nm of torque from 4,800 RPM. 0 to 100 km/h is dealt with in 4.9 seconds (0.5 second slower than the coupé) onwards to a top speed of 270 km/h.

    Coming from the same group of people that gave us the Lexus LFA, you can almost guarantee that the soundtrack coming from the quad tail pipe can rival even the best from Maranello. Through the onboard Active Noise Control, a sound pipe resonates and amplify the V8’s guttural induction roar into the cabin, while an active exhaust valve adds some bark at higher revs.

    The all-alloy engine is the most powerful iteration of the V8 engine from the Toyota UR engine family and features Yamaha-designed high-flow cylinder heads, titanium inlet valves and high-lift camshafts. Other notable tech includes the D4-S gasoline port and direct injection, and a Dual VVT-i with electric VVT-iE inlet camshaft actuation.

    Transmission

    Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 10-speed Direct Shift torque converter automatic transmission. Paddle shifters are available for manual override

  • Ride Comfort

    Lexus LC Convertible Ride Comfort

    To maintain the structural integrity of the convertible, Lexus engineers introduced some structural enhancements which include the rear suspension tower brace, and front/centre/rear underfloor braces to reinforce the torsional rigidity of the body, contributing to the suppression of excess vibration. Yamaha Performance Damper working alongside the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system to deliver Lexus’ hallmark ride comfort.

  • Fuel Comusmption

    Lexus LC Convertible Fuel Consumption

    Lexus claims a fuel consumption figure of 12.7L /100km and a CO2 emission of 290g/km.

  • Conclusion

    Lexus LC Convertible Conclusion

    The Lexus LC Convertible may not be as hard core as some of the performance oriented grand tourer like the Aston Martin Volante or the Ferrari Portofino, but just like the Bentley Continental Convertible, you will enjoy the journey more. Lexus themselves admits that the Lexus LC models only exist purely as a halo model, serving as a showpiece to pique your interest into the brand. 

    Other manufacturers simply don’t make cars like these anymore with stringent emission regulation and the inevitable future of electrification. The Lexus LC Convertible with its naturally aspirated non-hybrid non-electrified non-turbocharged 5.0 litre V8 engine is as far from the future as you can get, and kudos to Lexus for making it happen.

  • How much is Lexus LC Convertible in the Philippines?

    The Lexus LC Convertible price in the Philippines starts at ₱11,048,000. The lowest price is the 2021 Lexus LC Convertible 500, ranging all the way up to the 2021 Lexus LC Convertible 500 priced at ₱11,048,000.

  • Is the Lexus LC Convertible a good car?

    The Lexus LC Convertible is a popular car to buy as it offers powerful and efficient engine options as well as premium, spacious interiors. Even used Lexus LC Convertible cars offer the premium driving experience.

  • Is Lexus LC Convertible manual or automatic?

    We're learning that the 2021 Lexus LC Convertible is available with continuously variable AT transmission

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