As last of the 500 LFA supercars rolls off the production line, a Roadster variant is being prepared to take up the mantle.
As Lexus reworks its sedans to keep up with the German competition, the luxury Japanese automaker is also continuing to add a little pizazz to its lineup. We recently reported on the LF-LC undergoing pre-production development, and now the word on the street is that the LFA supercar is set to gain a convertible version sometime in the middle of 2014. Rather than offering the LFA Roadster alongside the existing coupe, reports indicate that Lexus will first complete the production run of 500 LFA coupes, wait a year and then start selling the roadster.
Though that could leave Lexus with enough time to implement some enhancements, Automotive News expects the 552-horsepower 4.8-liter V10 to carry over essentially unchanged along with the rest of the LFA's overall package - just without a roof. As for the LF-LC, look for that to take more of a junior-LFA approach, taking on the likes of the Porsche 911 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage, than more directly filling the void left by the departure of the SC430.