Convertibles don’t feature strongly in the Lexus range but that doesn’t mean the carmaker doesn’t know how to make topless cars. To show its design skills, it has come up with an open-top concept version of its LC flagship, describing it as ‘an aspirational halo vehicle for the luxury lifestyle brand’s entire vehicle line-up’.

The new LC Convertible Concept is an artful reflection of the athletic proportions of the LC coupe. While not confirming that it will be on sale in showrooms, chief designer Tadao Mori said a production version of the concept would be exhilarating in many different ways.

“You would see its dynamic lines as you approach, hear its engine when you started it up and feel everything around you once on the road,” he said. “It would engage the senses in a way that is unique and exciting every time you got behind the wheel.”

The design goal for the stunning open-air roadster was the expression of ‘ultimate beauty’. “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,” Mori explained.

The concept is an emphatic demonstration that the Lexus design team has been exploring the brand’s evolution since the LC coupe, which debuted in Detroit two years ago, while revealing the Lexus brand’s new sense of creative ambition.

Every line of the LC Convertible Concept was drawn to evoke an emotional response – from the rake of the windscreen to the smooth contours of the bootlid that houses the convertible top. The dynamic shape evolved naturally from the original LC design, yet stands on its own with a unique identity. It blends uniquely Japanese aesthetics with the promise of sensory satisfaction that only a convertible can provide.

More than just a grand tourer, the strong exterior lines of the long, low and lean LC Convertible Concept reinforce its performance pedigree. Its short overhangs, 22-inch wheels and wide stance are all reminders of its performance potential.

The LC Convertible Concept offers drivers and passengers the allure of a cabin that caters to every need, reflecting the Lexus tradition of customer-focused design. From the comfort of its tailored seats to the feel of every switch and button, everything about this LC is crafted to make even the most common trip feel like an occasion. Crisp white leather trim abounds while yellow accent stitching adds colour without distracting from the subtle elegance of the overall design.

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