Lexus has promised to boost its image with more sporty and desirable cars – and this could be the start. This is the new LF-LC – a stunning coupe that will debut at the Detroit Motor Show next week.
Although the car is officially described as “an exercise to explore the future of Lexus design”, it could preview a new coupe to take on the BMW 6 Series, Jaguar XK and Mercedes SL.
Designed by Lexus’ Calty studio, based in Newport Beach, California, the 2+2 features a host of dramatic details. Most obvious is the targa-style glass roof, which combines with a long bonnet and chunky A-pillars. At the front is an even more aggressive version of Lexus’ latest family nose – first shown on the LF-Gh concept, which previewed the new GS.
But the LF-LC features an even more prominent grille, as well as striking triple LED headlights and a pair of huge intakes that feed air to the brakes. At the back it takes its inspiration from Lexus’ LFA supercar, with a pert tail, LED rear lights and more air vents. Enormous 21-inch wheels finish off the look.
The cabin is full of flowing shapes covered in purple, quilted leather and wood veneer. Emphasising the luxury feel are the leather-trimmed instrument binnacle, chunky multifunction steering wheel and sporty leather seats.
Further details had yet to be revealed as Auto Express closed for press, but ‘hybrid’ badging ahead of the rear wheelarches points to petrol-electric power.
While Lexus has more important new cars to launch – the BMW 3 Series-sized IS is due for replacement – there’s a good chance the LF-LC will go into production.
There is a gap in the line-up for a sports coupe and parent companyToyota is readying a replacement for the legendary Supra, to sit above the, new GT 86 coupe, which would feature a 400bhp 3.5-litre V6 hybrid. A production version of the LF-LC