If you have been anywhere near the Lexus LC 500, coupe or convertible, you’d know what a monster it is in terms of side. Whether it’s the lines, the bulges, the head or taillight fixtures, nothing about it is subtle.
TOM’s, world-renowned aftermarket providers for all things Toyota and Lexus, has other ideas. This is the TOM’S Lexus LC500 Convertible and they’ll sell you the complete car for 19.95 million Yen.
Funnily enough, that’s still less than what you’d pay for a standard LC 500 Convertible in Malaysia. It was launched here last November to the tune of RM1.35 million while the Coupe version, launched locally three years earlier, was priced at RM940,000.
Each body part has been made from dry carbon fibre typically used in motor racing, including the front, side and rear diffusers. The aerodynamic improvements brought upon by these body parts were derived from the company’s involvement in motorsports.
The body kit also includes a wide-body conversion, which adds 50 mm to the car’s original width; now at nearly two metres.
As it is a convertible, known to have reduced body rigidity compared to the hard-top, TOM’S has stiffened up the body with anti-roll bars for the engine bay and undercarriage. The anti-roll bars are expected to improve steering response as well as vehicle stability.
Under the hood of the LC 500 Convertible is a 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated V8 paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission, producing 470 and 540 Nm. The figures are similar in the Coupe however, the coupe is 0.5 seconds faster from 0 to 100 km/h at 4.4 seconds.