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The Lexus LF-LC: a big hit in Detroit
Actually, it hasn’t. Dropped all the details, that is.
Unveiling the concept in Detroit, Lexus bosses talked plenty about design
language and styling direction and plunging waterfalls (not really sure what
that last one was about, to be honest)… but frustratingly wouldn’t reveal
what was hiding under the LF-LC’s sleek bonnet.
Still, the little we know is promising. We know the LF-LC is
front-engined and rear-wheel drive. We know it’s a hybrid (sorry, live with
it). We know it’s a 2+2 with a pretty cursory pair of rear seats.
And, most importantly, we know Lexus is desperate to bring
the LF-LC – or something very like it – to production. A proper 2+2 sports car
would provide a vital link between the bonkers LFA hypercar and the rest of
Lexus’s worthy-but-largely-dull line-up (IS-F honourably excepted), and if it
looks like the LF-LC then so much the better.
Because this thing is stunning. OK, most of the flourishes –
the one-piece glass wrapover windscreen-roof, the evil light clusters, the
filigree wing mirrors and, most obviously, the loopy, swoopy interior with
pop-up touchscreens – will have to be toned down for production, but even so,
the basic proportions and styling of the LF-LC are spot-on.
Lexus says the coupe previews its new brand styling
direction. Any styling direction that includes rear lights inspired by
fighter-jet afterburners is fine by us.
So, if Lexus won’t tell us, we’ll leave it up to you lot.
What do you think is lurking under the LF-LC’s bonnet, hooked up to a
commendable-but-essentially-unnecessary electric motor? The V8 from the IS-F?
The V10 from the LFA? Or something else entirely?