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It’s Lexus’s RC roadster concept
No sooner has the Lexus RC Coupe landed - and brought with it a mad, V8-powered RC-F variant - than Lexus has deemed it time to prepare us for the prospect of an open-topped version.
This is that version. It’s called the Lexus LF-C2, and - officially at least - it’s an opulent, “2+2 roadster design study that captures the key themes in a strong future style direction for Lexus.”
What it also does is remind us that the RC is set to come with a drop-top variant, as well. This being a concept, however, means that it’s been shorn of any kind of roof whatsoever - not a folding metal or fabric covering in sight.
What you get instead is body work influenced by the way “surface shapes interact with different types of light”, which in turn led to a layered paint process that Lexus decided would seem correct in a golden yellow.
So you’ve got the signature Lexus Predator grille, triangular LED headlights, front bumper vents, chrome tipped exhaust pipes, a new rear diffuser and five spoke 20in alloy wheels.
Lexus has dropped an analogue clock set inside, a ‘straightforward’ instrument cluster, a thick, leather steering wheel and ‘form fitting seats’. All fine and dandy.
This being a concept means there is no word on engines, but should an RC roadster ever see the light of production - and we’d wager it’s a solid bet - expect the standard 2.5-litre four-pot hybrid drivetrain, and the larger 3.5-litre V6 rear-driver.
What about a mad, naturally-aspirated V8 ‘F’ version? We can only hope.
“When you put something in the right light, people see it in a way they never have before,” explains the LF-C2’s chief designer Yasuo Kajino. How do you lot see it?