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Presenting The Stunning Lexus LC Convertible Concept

Presenting The Stunning Lexus LC Convertible Concept

That arrives in form of the all-new LC Convertible Concept. And that's a great thing, as the LC convertible is another lovely machine, the removal of the coupe's graceful fixed roof having done nothing to diminish the visual impact of the rest of the car's flowing lines. Indeed, everything looks quite production ready. Well, the Japanese luxury brand is whetting your appetites with the LC Convertible concept, debuting at the upcoming North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

Lexus hasn't gone into specifics about the roof, either - it's only referred to as a "retractable top" in the press release. "It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible".

Yes, Lexus has chopped the top off of its flagship LC to create a stunning concept vehicle that will most likely preview an upcoming production model. Yes, there's every chance this model will make it through to production. If we were told Lexus designed the convertible before the coupe, we'd believe them.

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In addition to the visual appeal of the exterior sheetmetal, the LC Convertible concept attracts drivers and passengers alike with an allure of a cabin that caters to every need. Crisp white leather trim abounds while yellow accent stitching adds a pop of color without distracting from the subtle elegance of the overall design.

Save, perhaps, for the 22in wheels, which give the LC Convertible wonderful stance, but are probably a bit problematic when it comes to ride quality and pot hole negotiation. "A production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways", said Tadao Mori, the car's designer, being very careful to say "would" rather than "will". There's no mistaking which one Mori is referring to when he talks about how drivers would "hear its engine when you start it up and feel everything around you once on the road", however.