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Detroit show: Lexus chops LF-A top

Chop-top: LF-A gains elegance in roadster form over the coupe.

Lexus unveils roadster version of its planned super-coupe

18 Jan 2008

LEXUS has unveiled a chop-top version of its LF-A luxury super-coupe concept at the North American International Auto Show.

The LF-A two-seater roadster continues to use the use the lightweight carbon-fibre and aluminium body of the 911 Turbo-chasing coupe, despite the additional structural issues that come to the fore when designers take a gas axe to the roof.

The coupe is due for production inside two years, which is enough time for the roadster to also be prepared for a simultaneous showroom debut.

31 center imageThe roadster uses the same front mid-mounted, high-revving, naturally aspirated 500-plus horsepower (373kW-plus) 5.0-litre V10, driving the rear wheels through a sequential manual transmission.

The cabriolet stands just 1219mm tall, which is equivalent to the coupe, but adds a speed-adaptive rear wing.

The other striking feature of the rear is a pair of wrap-around, arrowhead-shaped tail-lights that bracket two large grilles, the latter venting heated air from the two rear-mounted radiators.

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