Lexus is extending the LC 500 range to include a new drop-top model for 2020 and we’re looking forward to all the sweet, sweet noise
All you need today to be with the in crowd is a massive grille, and a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 paired to an eight-speed automatic you got from ZF. You’ll find those ingredients in Audis, Porsches, BMWs, and Mercs. The trick isn’t fitting in though, it’s standing out, and one of Motormouth’s most pleasant surprises of 2018 was a car that went against the norm.
The Lexus LC 500 is an expensive coupe that forgot to catch the commoditisation train, and even if it took some getting used to we can see the point – it’s just different enough to be special amidst all the template luxury cars coming out of Germany these days. The interior feels like it will outlast your house, and it emanates all sorts of strange sounds.
Oh yeah, those will be the snarls and pops of a naturally-aspirated engine, remember them? The Lexus LC 500 sticks with the services of the company’s 5.0-litre V8 with a Yamaha designed head, titanium valves, some hot camshafts, and an obsession with the rev limiter. This engine has been around for ages serving all of Lexus’ F performance cars for over a decade. In the company of force-fed rivals you could say the 5.0-litre V8 in the Lexus is old, or you could say it’s damn characterful and puts a smile on your face every time the needle screams past 4,000rpm.
We didn’t get bored of the noise, which is why it seems like a great idea to turn the Lexus LC 500 coupe into a convertible and let it all into the cabin. The Japanese has done that with a concept car ready for its world premiere next week in Detroit to kick start the 2019 motor show season.
Lexus doesn’t reveal if this concept comes with a hard-top or soft-top but the roadster sticks with the distinctive LC design and measures in with identical dimensions, except the convertible comes in a bit lower than the coupe. Otherwise it’s a concept that looks like a sure thing so you can expect Lexus to put this into production soon.
Perhaps they’ll lose the show car’s 22-inch wheels (the production LC 500 Coupe comes on 21s), otherwise get a load of that yellow stitching on the white leather. The Germans have a word for this sort of nonconformity, and it’s ‘kitsch’. But in Japan they call it something else, and it translates to not being a boring stickler with the emotional spectrum of a waffle iron.