Lexus LC 500 convertible arrives in time for spring

Lexus achieves goal of launching the world’s most beautiful open top car

Reuben Van Niekerk
Lexus LC 500
LC 500
Lexus LC 500 convertible

The Lexus LC 500 Convertible is now available in South Africa, expanding the brands presence among the most elite market segments.


Hey good looking

The brief was to create the world’s most beautiful open to top car. This presented a considerable challenge as the essential styling motifs of the strikingly good-looking LC 500 coupe had to be incorporated. The roof presented a particular challenge as few convertibles are stylish and elegant when the roof is open and when it is closed, so maximum effort was put into realising the same beautiful roofline for the LC convertible as the coupe.


The cover is placed as low as possible, to avoid the familiar flat, platform look while the beltline kicks up behind the doors, creating a overall tight and clean profile. An extra fold in the soft top allows it to fit into the space between the rear suspension towers and creates a character line from the front to the rear.


Inside story

The cabin features innovative colour co-ordination to enhance the model’s special character and design, which is a necessity given the fact that it will be on display as soon as the top is down.


The LC 500 has been designed with a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning HVAC system that adjusts the temperature whether the top is raised or lowered. Climate Concierge with Upper Body Heating that automatically manages the air conditioner, seat heaters, neck heaters and steering wheel heater to ensure that the cabin remains comfortable regardless of the configuration chosen.


Even though the Lexus LC Convertible has a soft top, Lexus went to great lengths to secure the same kind of cabin quietness as that of the LC Coupe.


Precisely positioned wind deflectors and Active Noise Control combine with sound insulation and absorption techniques to help suppress unwanted harshness from entering the cabin.


Under the bonnet

The LC 500 Convertible delivers a unique and enthralling proposition as it combines open top driving with an incredible performance and the soundtrack to match.


The 5.0-litre normally aspirated V8 petrol engine with direct injection boasts 351kW at 7100rpm and 540Nm at 4800rpm. Gearbox duties are taken care of by a 10-speed automatic transmission that combines with the revised chassis to leverage the best from the highly rigid GA-L rear-wheel drive platform. The engine gearbox combination allows the LC 500 Convertible to accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 4.7 seconds.


Model range and pricing

The LC Convertible enhances the Lexus reputation for impeccable craftsmanship and a level of opulence in every area of the driving and ownership experience. A high level of specification means that everything comes standard and there are no options available.


The LC 500 Convertible is available in one model grade at R2 345 500.


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