Lexus has announced pricing and specifications for the new LC 500 Convertible, due to reach customers later this year.
The LC Convertible starts from £90,775, while top-spec models equipped with the Sport+ Pack begin at £96,625. Sport+ adds 21in forged alloy wheels, seat-integrated neck heaters and semi-aniline leather upholstery. Further options include a colour heads-up display, 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, and a selection of metallic paint colours.
Following its debut at last year’s Los Angeles motor show, the LC Convertible will launch solely with a 465bhp 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8, and carries a £10,000 premium over the LC Coupe, which can also be ordered with a V6 hybrid powertrain.
It weighs 90kg more than the equivalent LC Coupe, and 54kg more than the LC500h hybrid, but Lexus claims 0-60mph takes just 0.2sec longer in the convertible. Top speed matches that of the LC Coupé at 168mph, despite the added weight of the folding roof mechanism.
The folding fabric roof can be raised in 15 seconds and lowered in 16, at speeds of up to 31mph.
The previously-announced Regatta Edition will remain the most exclusive LC Convertible variant, with just 10 models being produced for the UK. All ten had sold ahead of the company opening online reservations for its debut soft-top.
The exclusive, blue-and-white-themed Regatta Edition is designed to “evoke the ambience of a luxury marina, lined with ocean-going yachts,” that Lexus claims was part of the original design inspiration for the car.
Regatta Edition cars are painted deep blue, with white used inside for the steering wheel, headlining and interior facings of the front pillars. The seats are also white, along with most of the interior paneling, while the headrests and door panels receive blue details.