Lexus unveils show-stopping concept
The LF-LC hybrid sports coupe is a big hit in Detroit. In fact, it might be best of show.
Lexus LF-LC Hybrid Sport Coupe Concept
With recent offerings such as the LF-A and the 2013 GS, Lexus has infused some passion into the company's traditionally staid luxury-car lineup. The LF-A is an honest-to-goodness supercar, with razor-sharp handling and pavement-ripping power, and the new GS raises the bar for handling in the luxury sedan market, outperforming even Germany's best. Despite those accomplishments, neither car features truly awe-inspiring styling.
Enter the LF-LC Concept, unveiled Tuesday at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This sports coupe is stunning. It might only be a design exercise, but if the LF-LC points to a possible new design language for Lexus, we applaud the effort.
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Lexus LF-LC Concept
What is it? A hybrid sports coupe built as a design study. Lexus says it marks the beginning of a new phase in the company's history, one with more emotion and inspiration.
What's hot? The LF-LC is definitely one of the hottest cars in Detroit, if not the hottest. The car's organic flowing lines, low stance and swept-back silhouette show that Lexus is indeed aiming to design more passionate products. Designed in California, the LF-LC is labeled a hybrid, but no mention was made of the powertrain. One Lexus insider told us there is talk of 500 horsepower, if the car were to be produced.
Inside, the LF-LC blends new technology with the traditional luxury of wood and leather. It features two 12.3-inch LCD screens, one in the instrument panel and one on the center console to control the infotainment system. Lexus says information can be swapped between the two. A touch-screen "tech board" on the center console would allow drivers to control the information on the LCD screens.
What's not? The LF-LC suggests a halo car that would be more visible and accessible than the LF-A, and a replacement for the unloved SC400. But it could be a tease.
How much and when? If public response is positive, and we expect it to be, Lexus could build a sports car costing anywhere from $60,000 to $100,000. We won't even guess about when, though.
MSN Autos' verdict: Lexus appears to be committed to a sportier future, and both the design and sports car suggested by the LF-LC would fill that role. Though the car may never see production, the passion with which it is designed could find its way into numerous Lexus products. Let's hope a sports car comes out it, though.
Kirk Bell has served as the associate publisher for Consumer Guide Automotive and editor of ScaleAuto Enthusiast magazine. A Midwest native, Bell brings 18 years of automotive journalism experience to MSN, and currently contributes to JDPower.com and Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com.
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It's about time somebody came up with something new and nice. I'm figuring a lot of people don't have mirrows at home with some of the "ugly" comments. Know just build the damn thing for the public as Lexus or Toyota!!!!!
I guess Jaguar didn't show the C-X75 - a super sexy hybrid they actually plan to build. It runs as an electric car or under power from a small capacity highly boosted
internal combustion engine with incredibly low CO2 emission and high MPG.
With sub-three second 0-60mph time and an anticipated top speed in excess of 200mph. Crucially, this performance aims to be generated alongside incredibly low emissions, thanks to Project C-X75's lightweight construction and cutting-edge powertrain technology, micro-turbine technology to recharge the hybrid system road-going supercar plans to use a state-of-the-art, small-capacity, highly-boosted internal combustion engine with one powerful electric motor at each axle.
The same people that write comments on here do also drive! Left pedal is brake, right pedal is gas...moron!! Accelerator problem? User problem.