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By Charl Bosch

Motoring Journalist

Dramatic soft-top Lexus LC Cabriolet priced

The four-layer canvas roof can be opened and closed in 15 seconds at up to 50 km/h.

Having made the confirmation last year, Lexus South Africa has officially divulged price and spec details of the drop-top LC Cabriolet.

Unveiled in production spec two years ago after bowing as a concept months before, the dramatic looking LC Cabriolet largely differs from its coupe sibling in the removal of the hard-top roof for a four-layer beige or black canvas lid that can be opened and closed in 15 seconds at speeds up to 50 km/h.

Lexus LC Cabriolet
Drop-top rides as standard on 21-inch forged alloy wheels.

In addition to new rear dampers, revised Adaptive Variable Suspension made out of aluminium and more bracing to compensate for the removal of the roof, the cabriolet’s only other differences from the coupe include a wind deflector, stronger windscreen pillars, neck heaters integrated into the headrests and a new climate control system that automatically adjusts when a drop or rise in temperature is detected.

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For South Africa, the LC Cabriolet offers a choice of three interior colours; black, Ochre and Flare Red with the extensive specification sheet consisting of:

  • thirteen-speaker, 918-watt Mark Levinson sound system;
  • adaptive cruise control;
  • 10.3-inch infotainment system with dual USB ports, embedded satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto;
  • dual-zone climate control;
  • adaptive LED headlights;
  • eight-inch digital instrument cluster;
  • retractable door handles;
  • semi-aniline leather ventilated and heated electric seats, with memory function for the driver;
  • electrically adjustable steering column;
  • rain sense wipers;
  • keyless entry and push-button start;
  • heated steering wheel;
  • Pre-Crash Assist;
  • six airbags;
  • Blind Spot Monitor;
  • Lane Keep Assist;
  • Lane Departure Warning with Steering Assist;
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert;
  • Active Cornering Assist

Riding as standard on 21-inch forged two-tone alloy wheels, and outfitted with a mechanical limited slip differential, the GA-L underpinned cabriolet continues to derive motivation from the same normally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 as the coupe that sends 351kW/540Nm to the rear wheels via a ten-speed automatic gearbox.

Lexus LC Cabriolet
Interior in beige with black being the other option.

Top speed is limited to 250 km/h with the 0-100 km/h dash taking 4.7 seconds. Like the coupe, six driving modes are offered; Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport S, Sport S+ and Custom

In total, the LC 500 Cabriolet colour palette comprises eleven hues;

  • Black;
  • White Nova;
  • Sonic Silver;
  • Graphite Black;
  • Sonic Titanium;
  • Dark Grey;
  • Naples Yellow;
  • Blazing Carnelian;
  • Opulent Blue;
  • Solar Storm Red;
  • Terrane Khaki Metal


Priced at R2 345 500 compared to the coupe’s R2 158 200, the LC 500 Cabriolet’s sticker price once again includes a seven year/105 000 km warranty and maintenance plan.

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