* Lexus confirms the production of its flagship LC coupe with a convertible

* The concept model makes its dynamic world debut on the hill course at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed

* Lexus extends its LC flagship coupe range, with a dramatically styled open-top version is to go into production shortly.

The good people of the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK will see the world debut of the LC convertible near-production car for four days on the famous hill course. The new prototype will showoff among some of the world’s most exclusive and prestigious vehicles at the festival of speed for the most elegant modern and classic sports cars.

The convertible sports coupe will extend Lexus’ luxury lifestyle offerings, expanding the LC line-up.

The LC has quickly become one of the most sought-after and internationally acclaimed sports cars Lexus has ever created. Pat of this is in thanks to its combination of striking design, excellent craftsmanship, and exhilarating performance. The potential to include a convertible was the topic of discussion at the (NAIAS), North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI, when the LC Convertible Concept debuted. The concept’s design goal was to express ultimate beauty, and it provoked an enthusiastic response from both industry experts and the public. Like the LC itself, the concept car won the prestigious EyesOn Design Award in January.

The LC convertible will project a distinct identity but share the coupe’s athletic proportions. The large wheels and short overhangs signal its performance pedigree and, of course, the rewarding driving experience. The exterior of the prototype model will tease the design detail and dynamic capabilities of the full production version at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Professional race driver Nick Cassidy will drive the LC convertible prototype onto the hill at Goodwood Festival of Speed. Cassidy is currently with LEXUS TEAM KeePer TOM’S competing in the GT500 class of the Super GT series in Japan. The prototype LC convertible will visit exultant venues, gathering feedback for the engineers.

Describing his deep feeling for this moment, Lexus International Executive Vice President Koji Sato said: “The Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrates the history and culture of the automobile, and serves as a gathering place for some of history’s most notable cars and drivers. Lexus is honored to join this festival, and I could not be happier to unveil this prototype model of the LC Convertible here at the same venue where the LC coupe made its debut in 2016.”

Detailed specifications and timings for the LC convertible’s market introduction will be at a later date.