The Lexus LC coupe could gain a convertible and a high-performance LC F companion down the track, but the drop-top is likely to appear well ahead of any hardcore go-fast model.
Koji Sato, the LC’s chief engineer and platform engineer for Lexus’ new GA-L platform, told the industry publication that the architecture is structurally sound enough to support convertible models.
In addition to this, the LC has been packaged to accommodate an all-wheel drive system.
As for a high-performance LC F variant, the company seems keen, but technical issues mean that it won’t appear for a little while yet.
According to an engineer who spoke anonymously to Automotive News, an LC with a turbocharged version of Lexus’ current 5.0-litre V8 isn’t possible.
This means that any LC F is on hold until the LC’s mid-cycle refresh when a new-generation V8 should be available.
Speaking with CarAdvice at the international launch of the LC, Lexus Australia chief Peter McGregor was tight-lipped on plans for a convertible, although he did offer on the potential for an F model.
So far, Lexus has launched the new LC in LC500 and LC500h specifications. The LC500 features a 350kW 5.0-litre V8 connected to the rear wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The LC500h has a 264kW hybrid system with a 3.5-litre V6 and an electric motor. The hybrid setup drives the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission.
NOTE: LC Convertible rendering by Theophilus Chin.