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    Sneak Peek: 2020 Lexus LC Convertible

    Sneak Peek: 2020 Lexus LC Convertible

    The Lexus LC Convertible Concept was revealed at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Lexus has not yet given a commitment, but they hinted that they would like to see this concept go into production. Lexus Stevens Creek in San Jose will gladly open its arms to this eye-catching LC Convertible.


    Can you imagine the stunning Lexus LC 500 coupe transformed into a convertible? If our wish comes true, Lexus will put this concept into production by the end of 2019. If and when this goes into production, Lexus predicts that half of the LC buyers will opt for the convertible version. The LC 500 coupe would be redesigned into an open-air roadster with a vaguely taller and flatter rear deck to handle the droptop. The body will be designed with beautiful contours and a wide stance, featuring 22-inch wheels, and exclusive white leather-trimmed seats with gold accent stitching.


    The expectation for the LC Convertible would be the use of the same 5.0-liter V8 engine coupled with a ten-speed automatic transmission which powers the LC 500 coupe. This powertrain churns out 471-hp and 398 lb-ft of torque which can get you 0 – 60 mph in a mere 4.4 seconds. This speed could be slowed down a bit with a drop top, so the expectation is most likely 0 – 60 mph in 4.7 seconds with a top track speed of 168 mph. There is no commitment as to whether or not this fabulous convertible will also be available in a hybrid version. If Lexus takes the step to offer the hybrid derivative, it will be the only gas-electric convertible model on the market.


    The 2019 LC Coupe has a starting MSRP of $92,300, and the expectation would be that the convertible will demand several thousands more. So, expect a starting price of around $100,000 MSRP.


    Messing around Town

    What's this white LFA Roadster out doing burning doughnuts in Japan?

    We didn't even know these cars existed. Good thing someone's out enjoying it!


    Another Royal Wedding

    While many eyes stayed glued to screens for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, ours are glued to this screen for an unbelievable, one-off LS600h Landaulet built for the upcoming Monaco Royal Wedding:

    This image is reposted from a recent gallery on Autoblog. You can also see some beautifully-filmed behind-the-scenes video clips in their post. Here's what they have to say about the car: 

    "Yes, it's being called a Landaulet – you know, like the Maybach– but instead of the rear seat passengers being completely alfresco, there's a transparent bubble roof, in this case, one without any reinforcements or pillars. Lexus says that the roof was built by one of the world's leading transparent component-production companies in France. The entire Landaulet conversion was handled by Belgian coachbuilder Carat Duchatelet in close collaboration with Lexus, and it took just over 2,000 hours to complete. Even the Midnight Blue livery paint is a special touch – it was applied manually using several coats of bespoke, water-based paint."

    This has to be the most opulent passenger hybrid car made to date. We love the glass bubble roof and midnight blue paint! 


    Farewell, Flagship

    September is an exciting time to buy a car: new model-year cars are on their way, current model-year cars are discounted, and the weather's still good enough to warrant buying a convertible. For 2010, Lexus sold two convertibles, the SC430 and ISC (250 and 350).

    The SC430 succeeded the SC300 / SC400 in 2002, and, in the fashion of its predecessor, departed from the design language of its contemporaries in the Lexus lineup. To design the first SC, Lexus turned to the Calty Design Studio in southern California, where designers penned its lines after shapes formed by clay-filled balloons. To design the second SC, Lexus relocated its design team to the Amalfi Coast. There, they penned lines inspired by yachts and classic sports cars. The result is a sporting vehicle with decidedly unusual intentions for a Lexus.

    July marked the ultimate month for sales of the SC430. Since cars manufactured during the last few years of the production run were built on an special-order-only basis, the time for ordering a new SC430 for yourself has come to pass- but don't fret.

    2010 marked the first year of the ISC, an appealing proposition in its own right. At a price point roughly 40% less than that of the lovely SC430, Lexus buyers can enjoy the functionality of a four-seat folding-hardtop car. Comparatively, the ISC boasts a more commodious rear seat and greater options for customizing than did the SC.


    One Exclusive Lexus

    Here's one for enthusiasts, the extremely-limited ISC350 F-Sport. This car just happens to be black-on-black.

    Eddie Ghanim introduces us to the brand-new, limited production ISC 350 F-Sport. The car features every F-Sport performance accessory currently available from out parts department, special trim options, and a numbered, commemorative plaque.