When it comes to luxury, Lexus know what they're doing. The intricacy and details that goes into their models surpasses the standards in most German models let alone European ones in general. They spend time on perfection rather than rolling out what seems "right" and its because of this their models always feel special, none so than the recently launched LC Convertible which touched down on our shores last week. The bespoke luxury drop-top forms part of the LC Coupe line up, powered by a roaring naturally aspirated V8, all fitted into that jaw dropping modern design which now features a folding cloth top. The design is nothing short of extraordinary, with sharp lines and edgy creases, tear-drop like lights with classy edgings make it one beautiful car to look at. With the Coupe being so gorgeous and having those sweeping lines with the roof line, the designs didn't have an easy task for cutting the roof off and tying in a foldable one but they've managed to do a stunning job. Tadao Mori, Chief designer had this to say, "Few convertibles are stylish and elegant when the roof is open and when it is closed. We put maximum effort into realising the same beautiful roof line for the LC Convertible as for the coupe". The folding roof boasts an extra fold in the soft top to fit in the space between the rear suspension towers, creating a character line running form the front to the back.
There is only one model for the LC Convertible and that is the LC 500, as mentioned before it boasts a very throaty naturally aspirated V8 petrol engine with direct injection, this in turn produces 351kW of power at 7100rpm and 540Nm of torque at 4800rpm. The 10-speed automatic gearbox has been recently-retuned with the revised chassis to leverage the best from the highly rigid GL_L rear wheel drive platform, and enable smooth ride comfort to coexist with excellent dynamics. The LC 500 Convertible can accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 4.7 seconds, the car has a claimed fuel economy of 12.7L/100km and a C02 emissions figure of 290g/km.
The interior of the LC 500 Convertible is ever luxurious as any high-end Lexus models, sporting only the finest materials and textures. The cabin is well laid and very kitsch, with impeccable craftsmanship that offers a level of opulence that intensely focuses on driver and passenger comfort. The instrument cluster features a LFA-style 8.0-inch digital screen with slide-out meter ring. A 10.3-inch multimedia screen with Lexus Remote Touch-pad. 13-speaker Mark Levinson Sound System, Dual-zone climate control, 10-way power electric seats with driver memory settings, heated and ventilated front seats, sports pedals and retractable door handles which make up just some of the features that are a standard on this model.
The Lexus LC 500 Convertible comes standard with a best-in-class 7-year/105 000km warranty and full maintenance plan. This approach from Lexus illustrates the belief Lexus has in its vehicles master craftsmanship and outstanding build quality. Price on this bad boy is R2 345 000.