Lexus Australia has confirmed the first LC Convertible’s launch range, with an LC500 Limited Edition to be sold alongside a full-time LC500 variant from September 29.
While pricing is still yet to be released, the LC500 Convertible will command a premium over the recently updated LC500 Coupe (from $194,393 plus on-road costs) upon which it based.
Fewer than 10 examples of the LC500 Convertible Special Edition will be available locally, with each to be finished in Structural Blue paintwork, while a blue fabric roof will team with white-and-blue semi-aniline leather-accented upholstery. There will also have unique scuff plates.
The LC500 Convertible will otherwise be available with 10 paintwork options: Carnelian, Khaki Metal, Titanium, Deep Blue, Zinnia Yellow, Infrared, Graphite Black, Sonic Silver, White Nova and Slate Grey.
Four fabric roof and semi-aniline leather-accented upholstery combinations will also be available: black with black, black with Flare Red, beige with Ochre Brown, and black with Ochre Brown.
Compared to the LC500 Coupe, front and rear headroom are down 11mm and 4mm respectively in the LC500 Convertible, while cargo capacity is down 48L, all due to its four-layer, three-panel fabric roof, which can be lowered in 15 seconds at up to 50km/h.
The LC500 Convertible’s front seat heating is more comprehensive than that of the LC500 Coupe, while it’s also fitted with adjustable neck heaters and a transparent polycarbonate wind deflector positioned between the rear pews.
Deep seat cushioning has also been extended in the 2+2 LC500 Convertible, which also has Lexus logos embossed into the back of its front headrests.
As reported, underbody braces, a shear panel and a rear suspension tower brace increase body rigidity, with weight distribution shifting slightly towards the rear (48/52).
Shared with the new LC500 Coupe, a Yamaha-developed rear performance damper improves ride comfort, while Active Cornering Assist optimises handling.
The LC500 Convertible is powered by a 351kW/540Nm 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine, which sends drive to the rear wheels via a 10-speed torque-converter automatic transmission, which was retuned as part of the LC500 Coupe’s recent update.
Expect pricing and full specification details for the BMW 8 Series Convertible rival to be released by the end of this month. A hybrid LC500h variant won't be available, at least initially.