Special edition LC Convertible goes back to its design inspiration roots

Lexus is turning to the open seas as the inspiration behind its latest special edition model. Evoking the ambiance of a luxury marina — Lexus’ words, not mine — the Toyota-owned luxury brand is commemorating the opening of orders for the new LC Convertible by rolling out a special edition LC droptop called the Regatta Edition.

Dressed to impress, the LC Convertible Regatta Edition’s theme has roots to the origin story of the LC’s design, which Lexus described as being inspired by ocean-going yachts. It’s a saucy piece, for sure, but sadly, access to the LC Regatta Edition is going to be very difficult. Lexus didn’t say how many units of the LC Regatta Edition it plans to build, but allocations in the U.K. and Europe have completely dried up. No word yet on how many units are headed to America, or if they’re still available, to begin with.

  • 2021 Lexus LC Convertible Regatta Edition
  • Year:
    2021
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  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    471 @ 7100
  • Torque @ RPM:
    398 @ 4800
  • Displacement:
    5.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.4 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    168 mph
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What’s so special about the Lexus LC Convertible Regatta Edition?

2021 Lexus LC Convertible Regatta Edition Exterior
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Lexus is the author of a list of impressive special edition models, so it’s no surprise that the Lexus LC Convertible Regatta Edition hits us in all the right spots. It’s not a particularly flamboyant special edition, but the exclusive touches mesh with the roadster’s identity, making the Regatta Edition look all the more natural.

Let’s start with the color scheme. Lexus calls the exclusive paint “Structural Blue,” which a lot of you may have already heard of. Lexus first showcased the unique paint finish at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show before using it on, ironically, a special edition LC Coupe called the “Structural Blue Edition” a year later.

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The Structural Blue paint is unique because of its composition. According to Lexus, it features a special kind of pigment that has no less than 40 separate layers, including a 15-micrometer layer between the primer and clear coats.

It also comes with nano structures in the paint that help generate iridescence, a unique characteristic that creates the impression of the blue paint finish changing shades depending on the amount of light it’s subjected to. Lexus took 15 years to perfect that specific shade of paint before showing it off in Geneva four years ago. That tells you how important the paint is, and that Lexus doesn’t just use it on every special edition model it creates.

2021 Lexus LC Convertible Regatta Edition Interior
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In many ways, the LC Convertible Regatta Edition is special because of its paint alone. But there’s also more to it than that. The hood, for example, is finished in a different Marine Blue shade that’s in place to mirror the LC Coupe’s roofline. The interior looks as clean as it can be in white leather. The material covers a majority of the LC Convertible Regatta Edition’s interior surface, including the seats, steering wheel, headlining, and even the interior facings of the front pillars. Adding some much-needed contrast is the deep blue paint that you can see on the instrument panel and door cards. More blue accents can be found on the headrests, upper shoulder area, and grab handles of the LC Convertible.

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Lexus LC Convertible specifications
Type V8, aluminum block and cylinder heads
Displacement 5.0 liters
Bore x Stroke 94.0 X 89.5 mm / 3.7 X 3.5 in
Compression Ratio 12.3 : 1
Horsepower 471 HP @ 7,100 RPM
Torque 398 LB-FT @ 4,800 RPM
0-60 mph 4.4 seconds
Top Track Speed 168 mph

Final Thoughts

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I don’t need any convincing when it comes to Lexus’ special edition models. I’ve long been a fan of what Toyota’s premium brand rolls out. If it can spend almost two decades perfecting a specific kind of paint to use on a special edition model, then I’m all for what other things Lexus can pull off in the name of exclusivity.

The LC Convertible Regatta Edition is themed accordingly, but, in essence, this model is just the convertible version of the Lexus LC Coupe Structural Blue Edition that we saw in 2017. Not that there’s anything wrong with it; if Lexus wants to tout its Structural Blue paint finish under the guise of a differently themed special edition name, then by all means, do it. The important thing, after all, is the content of the book, not the title.

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To display the beautiful design of the new LC Convertible to its best effect, Lexus has created the Regatta Edition, an exclusive version of the model that features a unique colour combination. The use of deep blue for the bodywork and roof and white and blue for the interior evokes the ambience of a luxury marina, lined with ocean-going yachts – an image that was part of the original design inspiration for the car.

The exterior is finished in Structural Blue, a Lexus colour originally developed for the LC Coupe which uses advanced paint technology to replicate the intense depth of tone found in the natural world. Using micro-particles in the pigment, it reflects light in a way that highlights the curves in the bodywork and which changes the perception of light and shade when viewed from different angles.

This tones perfectly with a Marine Blue finish for the Regatta Edition’s folding soft top, emphasising how the designers have succeeded in retaining the LC’s distinctive coupe roofline in the context of the convertible.

Conscious of how the interior of a convertible is more often open to view, Lexus’ designers ensured there is a harmonious flow between the inside and outside of the car. This quality is perfectly captured in the Regatta Edition with its combination of dark blue and white. White is the dominant colour, used for the interior facings of the front pillars, the steering wheel (including the centre pad) and the headlining. The instrument panel and door panels have contrasting deep blue upper and white lower sections, while the front seats are upholstered white perforated semi-aniline leather with blue highlights on the head rests, upper shoulder area and grab handles.

The LC Convertible Regatta Edition has been produced in a very limited number. The LC Convertible’s launch timing is autumn 2020.

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