Latest Lexus LF-LC concept pics show luxurious new 2+2 coupe that's being considered for production
8 January 2012

These are the latest pics of the Lexus LF-LC, ahead of the sports car concept's Detroit motor show debut. Lexus says the concept “takes the new Lexus design direction one step further”. The LF-LC previews a luxurious new 2+2 coupe that Lexus is known to be considering for production. The futuristic styling of the car evolves the L-Finesse design language for Lexus’s production cars, seen in its latest more aggressive guise on the new Lexus GS and to make it onto next year’s new Lexus IS.

The concept sports a similar face to the LF-Gh concept from the New York motor show. There are also several nods to the Lexus LFA supercar in its design, particularly at the rear and in the sculpting of the front bumper.

The name of the concept could prove to be significant in determining the LF-LC’s production future. Lexus, Toyota and Scion always give their concepts codenames that explain its positioning. LF stands for Lexus Future, while the L would appear to be a nod to the LS. The C is likely to stand for Coupe.

Autocar uncovered plans for a coupe-cabriolet version of the LS in 2010. The model, tipped to go on sale by 2015, is being billed as a successor to the discontinued SC and would rival the Mercedes SL.

The production car, insiders have indicated, would use a shortened version of the next-generation LS’s platform, which is due to go into production in 2014. It is likely to take the LC600h badge for production and feature a hi-tech hybrid drivetrain.

Lexus’s Calty design studio based in California is responsible for the LF-LC. The team at Calty has been responsible for many recent Toyota, Lexus and Scion concepts, including the CT200h-previewing LF-Ch from 2009.

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4 January 2012

Jeez, I'll have nightmares about that front end tonight!

4 January 2012

Side view looks great.

Then you see the front....

What a mess

4 January 2012

[quote Richard H]

Side view looks great.

Then you see the front....

What a mess

[/quote]

My thoughts exactly. That's a front end to scare pedestrians. The motoring equivalent of a beautiful woman with crooked teeth.


4 January 2012

[quote Johnny English]

[quote Richard H]

Side view looks great.

Then you see the front....

What a mess

[/quote]

My thoughts exactly. That's a front end to scare pedestrians. The motoring equivalent of a beautiful woman with crooked teeth.

[/quote]

Agree too. The front looks way over-designed and fussy. The designer(s) must have had a several changes of mind during drawing that nose.

4 January 2012

Somehow, Darth Vader's mask springs to mind looking at the front! Side on looks good

4 January 2012

[quote Overdrive]Agree too. The front looks way over-designed and fussy. The designer(s) must have had a several changes of mind during drawing that nose.[/quote]

It is quite obviously Toyota's attempt to out-catastrophe the Ampera.

4 January 2012

i'm with everyone else, that front end is quite simply dreadful. The side though, is gorgeous...

i don't know if it's just me, but i'm becoming quite keen on lexus. They are one of the only manufacturers who concentrate on big capacity petrols (even if they have got electric motors strapped to them!) and the LFA is amazing to see in the flesh. I saw my first over the xmas holidays in France of all places. The guy driving gave it the beans and the noise was amazing!

4 January 2012

I think the word you guys are looking for is aggressive.
There hasn't been too much of that is cars of late and if this is new face of the LS then that is not a bad thing. As far as design language goes I'd take this over the "one for all" philosophy of Audi.

4 January 2012

The side looks good, front end is a tad too busy though, i dont think it would be hard to make it a rather good looking car though, few tweaks to the front end and im sure it will come out looking half decent. Only a concept at this stage so lets hope the production version turns out to be good.

4 January 2012

[quote il sole]i'm with everyone else, that front end is quite simply dreadful. The side though, is gorgeous...[/quote]

Yep, I'm with you and the other posters here. Side view is muscular and elegant, front is..... :-O

I'm quite impressed that Lexus has managed to combine such massively different vistas on one car. Just bonkers.


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