2012 Detroit Motor Show – Lexus LF-LC
Perhaps one of the most beautiful cars shown this year in Detroit is the Lexus LF-LC Hybrid Sports Coupe Concept. The car was developed by the Calty design studio located in California and it is intended as a driver-focused vehicle that previews a possible future design language.
One of the most interesting features of this concept would have to be its one-piece glass roof that also serves as the rear screen and the windscreen. It has a lightweight, cantilevered pillar that is inspired by modern architecture and not only it enhances the car’s sleek lines but it also improves the visibility.
The Lexus LF-LC adopts a “waterfall” front grille while the design of the rear lights are inspired by the afterburner of a jet fighter. This is a rear-wheel drive, front-engined sports cars that comes with the company’s Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive. Inside the cabin is a mixture of smooth leather and suede, along with wood and brushed metal trim.
It has race-inspired, lightweight front seats and a race-inspired steering wheel that contains the start button and integrated controls. Inside the cabin there’s also a remote touchscreen system which allows the driver of the car to operate controls without having to shift position or alter the line-of-sight. There are twin 12.3-inch LCD screens that are capable of providing information and navigation displays.
If there will be a production version of this concept, it will probably be based on a shortened version of the LS’s next-gen platform that is scheduled to go on sale in 2014. Most likely it will wear the LC600h badge and should have a hybrid powertrain.
Source: Lexus via Autocar.co.uk
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