The Design Challenge

So just imagine you are the head of Lexus design and you want to set your team a task. For a bit of fun you tell the team on that first morning. Right guys go and take the LC Coupe and create me the worlds most beautiful open-top car.

Now that’s a straightforward statement, but you must keep and preserve all the styling and design that has seen the LC coupe win multiple international awards already


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Creating the coupe roof line

The line of the roof was to be key to the designers achieving their goal, as Chief Designer Tadao
Mori explained: “Although there are many convertible models out there, few of them are stylish
and elegant both when the roof is open and closed. Particularly when the roof is raised, ridge
lines in the uneven surface tend to give an unrefined impression. That’s why, for the LC
Convertible’s design, we put maximum effort into realising the same beautiful roof line as the
To produce the desired silhouette, the point where the soft top meets the car’s rear quarters has
been moved as far towards the rear of the car as possible to create a fastback look when the roof
is raised. Particular attention has been paid to the tensioning of the soft top to ensure a smooth
surface, and the frame and other elements are perfectly concealed, so the roof has a clean and
elegant tapered form.
When viewed from the rear, the line of the soft top emphasises the compact proportions of the
cabin, contrasting with the wide-flaring under-body and projecting a dynamic look.

Sleek and Dynamic Silhouette

It is another common feature of convertibles that the design can seem stretched out from the
tonneau cover to the boot lid, particularly when the roof is down. This has been avoided on the
LC by profiling the rear end so that it rises in a duck tail, producing a distinctive silhouette that is
sleek and dynamic. The beltline also kicks up behind the doors to give the look of the body
wrapping around the cabin, creating an overall tight and clean profile.

Engineering Ingenuity

One of the principal challenges was to minimise bulkiness in the bodywork in the shoulder area
immediately behind the rear seats. The design team was able to accommodate the folding roof in
an extremely compact space by creating an extra fold in the soft top so that it can be stowed in
the space between the left and right-hand rear suspension towers. This has also allowed for a
sharp and fine character line to be created, running from the front to the rear of the car.
To produce this line and achieve a high-quality finish, Lexus has adopted an incremental forming
process, in addition to the conventional press used to mould the aluminium tonneau cover.

Perfect Continuity between Exterior and Interior

In a convertible the cabin is more open to view and more closely connected to the car’s exterior
design. Lexus has sought to bring a perfect sense of continuity to the exterior and interior of the
LC Convertible by using innovative colour co-ordination, enhancing the model’s special character
and brave design.
Three soft top colours are available: Sand, Black and Marine, the latter two suitable for use with
any of the bodywork paint options. With these choices and further options for interior colours,
owners have the freedom to specify a car that captures their personal style.

Co-ordinating A-pillars

Co-ordinating the interior A-pillar trim with the colour of the roof lining is a rare quality design
feature but one that Lexus applies throughout the LC range. The effect is all the more stylish in
the LC Convertible, as the pillars are in clear view whenever the roof is lowered. The colour
co-ordination catches the eye and accentuates the luxurious quality of the interior

Upholstery Detailing

Special attention has also been paid to the detailing on the seat upholstery, with a unique quilting
pattern applied to the shoulder section of the front seats, adding both elegance and tactile quality.
Perforations with three different hole diameters are organised in graduated pattern in which they
appear to progressively fade away.

Special Edition Colour Scheme

The LC Convertible will be launched with a Special Edition model with a colour scheme that
matches Structural Blue bodywork with a white and blue interior and Marine soft top – a
combination inspired by the colours found at a luxury marina. White is used extensively in the
cabin, including Lexus’ first all-white steering wheel and the carpeting. This contrasts with the
door trim which is finished in a blue synthetic leather. Rather than a printed pattern, this
material has a grain that gives a three-dimensional effect with texture and shading.

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