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Lexus brings 2020 LC Convertible prototype to Goodwood

by Ronan Glon

It will likely make its debut at the 2019 Los Angeles show.

The LC Convertible concept Lexus unveiled during the 2019 Detroit auto show is well on its way to production. The Japanese firm sent a pre-production prototype to the Goodwood Festival of Speed to show enthusiasts what its next drop-top is capable of.

The prototype is fully wrapped in shiny camouflage, but we can tell it hasn't changed a whole lot since the Detroit show. That means it's all but identical to the futuristic-looking LC coupe already on sale but it receives a folding roof. Speaking of, we don't know whether it's a folding hard top, like the SC and the IS C, or a folding soft top. We're betting Lexus went with the latter option, though.

There's no word on what the prototype is powered by. The LC hardtop is offered with two powertrains: a 471-horsepower 5.0-liter V8, and a 472-horsepower gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain made up of a V6 and a pair of electric motors. Regardless of what powers the prototype sent to Goodwood, odds are both drivetrain options will be available when the LC Convertible goes on sale.

Lexus hasn't revealed what's next. We expect the production variant will make its debut at the 2019 Los Angeles auto show, and arrive in showrooms in early 2020 priced at around $100,000. When it lands, it will compete in the same segment as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Convertible, and the BMW 8 Series Convertible.

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