Lexus LC500 Convertible - A New Era Of Open-Top Motoring

Lexus Malaysia, officially launched the Lexus LC 500 Convertible marks the Japanese luxury automaker’s first convertible model and brings with it the credentials and qualities that exemplify the flagship range of the brand.

Designed to further stimulate the senses, the LC 500 is testament of Lexus design, engineering and craftsmanship at its very best. Far from being a coupe with a chopped-off roof, the Lexus LC 500 was imagined with a convertible version in mind hence all the necessary reinforcements and storage areas were included at its design stage.

“The new LC 500 Convertible brings with it specific attributes that can only be associated with open top driving,” explains Deputy Chairman of Lexus Malaysia Mr Akio Takeyama. “Armed with dynamic performance and handling as well as a sexy sillhouette, the new model not only elevates the sensorial experience for the driver but also allows them to feel more closely connected to the car, the road and their surroundings.”

The addition of the soft-top design has allowed Lexus engineers the luxury of further accentuating the sleek lines of the coupe. The LC 500 Convertible remains faithful to many of the defining features of the LF-LC concept car that inspired it. The signature low, sharp front design, 3-beam LED projector lamps and Spindle Grille, complements the convertible’s design to deliver a truly dynamic look.

At the rear, the full LED combination lamps, boasting an infinity mirror design, helps create a sense of depth to the design whilst the third brake light integrated into the edge of the trunk lid further streamlines the profile. The LC 500 Convertible sits on 21-inch forged wheels with two-tone polished finish and black coating that affords the model with a muscular stance.

Top up or top down, the LC 500 Convertible cuts a striking silhouette, befitting its status as one of the world’s most beautiful open-top cars. Best of all, this beauty is able to transform in mere seconds. The hydraulic-operated soft top features an innovative folding mechanism that allows it to open in 15 seconds and close in 16 seconds.

The soft top – constructed from a 4-layered material (3 layers of fabric + NVH material) – can be opened or closed at speeds up to 50kmh for added convenience. A tonneau cover is also incorporated to cover the roof storage space in order to give the LC 500 Convertible a neat appearance when the roof is opened.

Interestingly, due to its lightweight structure, the new roof contributes to the car’s dynamics, whilst eliminating significant intrusions to the trunk and cabin space, which can come with a heavier, bulkier hard top. Despite the addition of the folding roof, the LC 500 Convertible tips the scales at a mere 90kg more than its coupe sibling while the luggage compartment still delivers a respectable 149 litres of space.

The LC 500 Convertible is offered in White Nova Glass Flake, Deep Blue Mica, Sonic Silver, Terrane Khaki Mica Metallic, Naples Yellow Contrast Layering, Blazing Carnelian Contrast Layering, Radiant Red Contrast Layering, Black, Graphite Black Glass Flake, Dark Gray Mica and Sonic Titanium with roof coloured options in black and beige. In terms of interior colours, the LC 500 Convertible is offered in Flare Red, Black and Ocher.

Inside, the LC 500 Convertible blends the worlds of luxury and technology to produce a sophisticated and highly-refined interior. The 2+2 cabin combines elegance, superb comfort and modernity to create a driver- focused cockpit.

The driver’s cockpit is designed to instil confidence with intuitive layout of the controls and a seating position offering a commanding view of the road due to the low-bonnet line and the low-profile instrument panel. The model features an eight-way power adjustable semi-aniline leather sports seats with heater and ventilation for the perfect driving position.

Crafted for comfort and practicality, the car features a Takumi designed gear shift that fits the driver’s palm perfectly. Catering to the demands of modern drivers, the LC 500 Convertible arrives with an impressive 10.3- inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display, which provides immediate access to audio or climate controls and various systems, including the voice-activated navigation system.

Integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the system also allows you to seamlessly cast your device's interface onto the vehicle's multimedia display. Befitting its sporty pretentions, engineers have equipped the LC 500 Convertible with features such as an 8-inch Digital Combination Meter as well as a Heads-up Display. A remote touch interface is also conveniently located on the centre console for added convenience.

Affording audiophile levels to the LC 500 Convertible, Lexus engineers equipped the car with a 13-speaker Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound System. In true Lexus Omotenashi spirit, this system automatically adjusts the acoustic design based on the ambient sounds. So whether the roof is open or shut, the perfect environment for a rich audio experience is always achieved.

Lexus engineers also designed the cabin to reduce wind noise via the unique shape of the beltline and rear moulding which suppresses wind from entering. A transparent wind deflector located behind the rear seats also helps reduce buffetting, keeping the cabin serene up to speeds of 60kmh.

While the new LC 500 Convertible stylishly blends the coupe’s unique roofline with the character of a convertible achieving an exquisite profile, the LC 500 Convertible still manages to closely-mimic the driving qualities of the Coupe allowing owners to enjoy the tin top’s dynamic performance with the alfresco freedom of a convertible.

The secret to this feat has been through the employment of structural bracing, reinforcement of welding points and the use of body adhesive joints to create the highly rigid body required to create excellent handling stability.

The LC Convertible’s suspension has also been optimally tuned to deliver comfortable yet precise road-going performance. The Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) has been further optimized to complement the convertible, providing an impressive 650 different levels of damping force.

Drivers can expect breath-taking performance courtesy of the 5.0-litre V8 engine tucked under the hood. Paired with a seamless Direct-Shift 10-speed automatic transmission, the naturally aspirated, direct-injection powerplant produces 470 horses along with 540Nm of torque on tap. 0-100 kmh is achieved in 4.9 seconds with top speed electronically-limited to 270kmh.

Despite its impressive performance figures, the LC 500 Convertible returns a fuel efficiency of 12.7 L / 100 km (combined) thanks in part to its cutting-edge engine design mated to the transmission’s Artificial Intelligence Shift Control. The intelligent feature helps predicts driver's intention and selects the appropriate gear for the best driving experience.

Once again safety takes top priority in the latest Lexus model. The new LC 500 Convertible arrives with the Lexus Safety System+ (LSS+), which features a suite of advanced safety systems designed to mitigate untoward incidents on the open road.

This includes Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Automatic High Beams. The vehicle is also equipped with a total of six airbags with Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert as standard features.

Being a convertible, the new Lexus model also boasts important safety features that are specific to a vehicle of its class. Chief of this is the active roll bars that extend upwards when a rollover is detected. When not deployed, the rolls bars are hidden from view to retain the neat silhouette of the convertible.

“The arrival of the new LC 500 Convertible demonstrates Lexus Malaysia’s commitment in delivering the very best in performance, luxury and exclusivity, which discerning drivers crave for in today’s automotive market. This ultimate luxury performance car is a true stand-out that brings sexiness back to the road,” said Mr Ravindran K., President of Lexus Malaysia.

The Lexus LC 500 Convertible is priced at RM1,350,000.00 after sales and service tax without insurance. Owners will be able to enjoy a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty plus free service throughout that duration or for its first 100,000km as long as it is cared for accordingly by trained Lexus professionals at authorised Lexus Centres. Early purchasers will receive their new Lexus LC500 Convertibles beginning February 2021 so hurry to your nearest Lexus Centre to secure your new pride and joy.

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