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Lexus said to greenlight LC convertible, more powerful LC F

by Justin King

Brand president Yoshihiro Sawa says the luxury market \"requires a convertible.\"

Lexus reportedly intends to expand its LC lineup with a convertible and a performance package.

Company leadership has already given an official green-light to the drop-top edition, and the LC F is 'likely' to get a nod, according to Auto Express.

The entire convertible segment has declined at a faster rate than sedans in recent years, but Lexus is said to be under pressure to offer at least one to better match the breadth of body styles available from German rivals.

"I hope that we will have a convertible in the near future," Lexus International president Yoshihiro Sawa said in a statement to Auto Express. "We know the luxury market requires a convertible."

A recent rumor suggests the LC F will be powered by a new twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with 621 horsepower, a significant jump over the LC 500's 471-pony output. It is also expected to shave a few hundred pounds, with a refined chassis tuning and bigger brakes.

The new LC offerings are believed to be on track to arrive in 2019 or 2020.