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Lexus LC convertible 2020: Drop-top monster "will go into production"

Despite its limited audience, Lexus Australia is keen to get the drop-top LC delivered locally.

Lexus has confirmed that a convertible version of its flagship LC coupe revealed at Goodwood will go into production, and Lexus’ Australian arm is keen to make it available locally.

The car, clad in camouflage that looks a bit like a QR code, is not quite the first appearance of an LC convertible, with a concept already debuting at the Detroit motor show in January.

The new car follows the same design themes as the earlier concept, though, essentially removing the roof of the flagship V8-powered LC coupe, complete with the flush doorhandles and LFA-inspired rear light fittings.

The LC convertible seems to have kept all the design elements of the Detroit concept.

While there’s not much to go on for the interior, if the previous concept was anything to go by it will be a very tight 2 + 2 layout.

The production version of the convertible will be the first time Lexus has offered a drop-top since the second-generation Lexus IS coupe, and the Lexus SC-series before it.

Lexus Australia’s CEO, Scott Thompson, said: "We are very keen to secure this stunning new convertible for Australia now that production has been confirmed."

Despite its huge wheelbase, the LC convertible concept revealed at Detroit had a tight seating arrangement.

The LC, which starts from $190,000 in Australia, is still a very niche vehicle, moving just 11 units in the first half of 2019. It was outsold by primary competitors from Mercedes-Benz (SL-Class – 14 units) and BMW (8 Series – 44 units).

It is too early for even a suggestion of pricing and spec for Australian-delivered LC convertibles, but expect somewhere north of $200,000 for any version that arrives locally.

Do you think Lexus’ LC needs a drop-top version? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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