Lexus shows off LF-C2 convertible concept
Lexus Canada has brought its LF-C2 convertible concept to the show floor in Toronto.
This is not to be confused with the LF-LC coupe concept that became the LC 500 production vehicle and redefined Lexus’s design direction on making its debut in Detroit last month.
The LF-C2, rather, made its global debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2014, but this year’s Canadian International Auto Show marks its first appearance in Canada.
Essentially a convertible version of the Lexus RC coupe, the concept’s first appearance gave no indication of whether the roof would be hardtop or fabric — in fact, Lexus said at the time that as a concept car, the LF-C2 has no top at all. Its current appearance north of the border doesn’t offer any more definitive answers as to what a production version might look like.
Design highlights include: an interesting grille with a two-tiered meshing motif; a cascading centre stack with colour matching the exterior paint, carrying continuity from front to back; quad chrome exhausts; ribbed five-spoke alloy rims; and a quadruple-stacked rear tail light treatment.
At the time of its initial unveiling, anticipation was high that the concept would go into production as early as this model year. That hasn’t materialized thus far, though its reappearance here in Toronto will give enthusiasts some hope that a road-going iteration might yet surface.
Any version that does enter production can be expected to match the RC’s powertrain options. In Canada, the RC comes in two trim levels — three, if you count the heavily performance-oriented RC F — though, it’s not clear which of these, if any, would be made available in a droptop version.
The RC 300’s 3.5-litre V6 is tuned to produce 255 horsepower, while the RC 350’s makes 307 horsepower and comes with F Sport packaging as standard. Both are paired with a six-speed automatic.
The RC F’s 5.0-litre V8 is the most powerful V8 ever from Lexus, rated at 467 horsepower and mated with an eight-speed automatic.
Lexus currently only has one convertible model in its lineup, the IS C, and that car isn’t available in Canada at present. Showing this car in Toronto could be a not-so-subtle gauge of interest in the luxury convertible market up here in snow country — and given the recent warm spell in the area, it seems they’ve picked a good winter to do it.