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"The concept we're showing here in Detroit continues the Lexus design
revolution started with the CT and GS," said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice
president and general manager. "The concept hybrid 2+2 liberates the idea of a
sport coupe and pushes the boundaries of performance, style and technology."
Challenged by the Lexus Center in Japan to come up with a design for a future
hybrid sport coupe concept, the company's Calty design studio in Newport Beach,
Calif., sought to advance the redefinition of Lexus with emotive, avant-garde
beauty and advanced technology, yet remain within reach for premium buyers.
"Our entire studio worked to develop this beautiful interpretation of Lexus
originality," said Kevin Hunter, president of Calty. "The LF-LC concept embodies
our vision of what a premium sport coupe could be."
The LF-LC displays the new Lexus design language in its bold interpretation of
the signature Lexus spindle grille and rear architecture. Sumptuous curves blend
smoothly into dynamic angles, creating an inviting display of lines, shadows and
Framed by a deep aluminum surround, the mesh pattern of the spindle grille takes
3D sculpture form, and functional air intakes in the bottom corners of the
grille show the fusion of distinctive style and engineering functionality.
Daytime running lights are shaped like an "L" while the vertical fog lamps
utilize a fading dot matrix pattern to suggest a sense of movement.
The profile of the LF-LC creates a powerful, dynamic silhouette that is
unmistakably that of a serious driver's car. The lines of the vehicle emphasize
direction and motion.
The concept car's glass roof features a lightweight, cantilevered pillar with a
glass-to-glass juncture inspired by modern architecture. A rising, kick-up
window graphic and polished aluminum trim are unexpected elements. Overall, the
greenhouse design enhances driver visibility while adding to the sleek lines of
The dynamic cabin lines are carried through to the rear deck, sculpturally
integrating the spindle grille theme to echo the front of the vehicle while
creating a unique sense of width. The tail lamps, inspired by the look of a jet
afterburner at take-off, use inner lighting to create a remarkable sense of
depth. The rear is also fitted with fog lamps, repeating the fading dot matrix
pattern of the front fog lamps. Visually, the integrated tail and fog lamps
repeat the "L" shape and lead the viewer's eye down to the powerful Lexus quad
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