Lexus shows the LF-LC concept in blue at 2012 AIMS [video]

Could get a production version in 2015.

At the beginning of this year during the Detroit motor show Lexus unveiled the stunningly beautiful LF-LC with a red paintwork. This week at the 2012 AIMS they’ve brought the premium sport coupe wearing an Opal Blue hue inspired “by the lustrous base color found in the naturally occurring semi-precious opal stone of outback Australia.”

As a reminder, the car’s styling is the work of Calty design studio located in Newport Beach, CA. We are dealing with a hybrid 2+2 coupe that features an Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive consisting of an Atkinson-cycle combustion engine and a high-energy battery pack, providing a combined output of 500 hp (372 kW).

It is believed that the LF-CC (considered as a true SC successor) will get a production version and will be called the LC 600h. Various reports are indicating that the vehicle will be powered by a hybridized V8 5.0-liter engine with up to 500 hp (373 kW), enough for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in less than 5 seconds.

More details about the concept are shared in the following press release.

Source: Lexus

Lexus Reveals LF-LC Blue at 2012 Australian International Motor Show

• Lexus reveals LF-LC Blue concept
• Concept leverages Project LFA with use of carbon fibre
• Debuts next generation Lexus Hybrid Drive with high energy battery pack
• New drivetrain develops 372kW
• Unique Opal Blue inspired by precious stone

Lexus LF-LC Blue Concept

SYDNEY, Australia, Oct. 18, 2012 - Australia Lexus has revealed the stunning LF-LC Blue concept at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. Clad in unique Opal Blue, it is the second version of the LF-LC, first debuted at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year.

The all-new Opal Blue exterior is inspired by the lustrous base colour found in the naturally occurring semi-precious opal stone of outback Australia.

Beneath the blue skin LF-LC combines advanced technologies and materials with organic design, giving an insight into what the future of sports cars may hold. Central to the concept is a suite of advanced materials and technologies, including lightweight carbon fibre and the next generation of Lexus' industry-leading hybrid powertrain.

New to LF-LC and derived from project LFA, LF-LC leverages Lexus' extensive in-house experience in marrying carbon fibre and aluminium alloy materials to achieve a light body mass. The result is an extremely taut body that responds quickly and crisply to driver inputs - providing the perfect platform for the next-generation Lexus Hybrid Drive system.

Dubbed Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive, the system features a powerful and efficient Atkinson cycle combustion engine which is mated to an advanced high-energy battery pack. The high-energy battery pack is designed to deliver greater power from a smaller battery than those currently used in Lexus' range of hybrid vehicles. Combined, the LF-LC Blue concept's petrol/electric hybrid powertrain develops 372kW (500hp) - the most of any Lexus hybrid.

Lexus Australia's Tony Cramb said that LF-LC Blue is a demonstration of what the future may hold for sports cars.

"For decades, Lexus has been synonymous with hybrid drivetrains, superior build quality, comfort and reliability," Cramb said. "With the LF-LC we now reinforce our design and technology credentials. The LF-LC is absolutely stunning. Its good looks mask some very exciting design and engineering innovations that will influence Lexus vehicles in the future.

"LF-LC is part concept, part reality: the concept hints at what's to come from Lexus, while the reality has us actively studying how we can engineer and build a vehicle like this in the future."

Supporting LF-LC's engineering feats is a stunning, technology-laden exterior and interior, clad in a new white and brown interior. Commanding the concept's bold front end are sculpted "L" shaped daytime running lights, vertical fog lamps and a fading dot matrix pattern to convey a sense of movement.

Continuing the sense of motion, LF-LC's side profile is commanded by deeply sculpted air intakes behind the doors. A wrap-around glass roof provides a panoramic view to the outside world while slicing through the air.

The concept car's glass roof features a lightweight, cantilevered pillar with a glass-to-glass junction inspired by modern architecture. LF-LC's dynamic lines are carried through to the rear deck, sculpturally integrating the spindle grille theme to complement the front of the vehicle while creating a unique sense of width. Tail lamps, inspired by a jet aeroplane afterburner, make use of 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 exhaust.

The interior of the LF-LC concept contrasts the cool ambience of advanced technology with soft textures and organic shapes to create a driver-focused synergy of form and function. The cockpit expresses a feeling of both openness and security. The driver is enveloped by deeply scooped side panels and a high, curved console. The effect is to focus the driver zone on the controls and on the road.

Based on Lexus' commitment to creating an intuitive driving experience, the
LF-LC incorporates a remote touch-screen device that allows the driver to comfortably operate controls without shifting position or altering their line of sight.

Twin 12.3-inch LCD screens provide information and navigation display. Inputs come from a touch-screen control board piercing the swept centre console. The interface is used to control the audio system, climate controls and navigation, and features a pop-up touch-screen keyboard for more complex entries. Set directly in front of the driver, multi-level meters layer analogue and LCD technologies. The bottom layer displays temperature, fuel and the background for the Eco meter. The middle layer is the tachometer mechanical centre ring. The topmost layer provides indicators for the tachometer, speedometer and Eco meter.

Surfaces throughout the cabin are presented in a combination of smooth leather and suede, with brushed metal trim and wood accents. The lightweight, race-inspired front seats are formed of multiple layers and repeat the interlacing curves that define the cabin interior. The racing-style steering wheel is clad in lightweight carbon fibre and contains integrated controls and start button.

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JonathanIppoli1 JonathanIppoli1
This is hidious .This car looks like it was in a wreak already.
Oct 20th, 2012 5:56pm
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DarkoInem DarkoInem
Oct 19th, 2012 11:06pm
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Rolling sculpture...One of the best shapes ever.
Oct 19th, 2012 1:11pm
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RaulLeal RaulLeal
awsome! just do it! :D well done Toyota!
Oct 19th, 2012 11:26am
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autoficianado autoficianado
I can't see any compelling reason to buy this car from Lexus at 80k when the German 3 make better sports cars in that price range.
Oct 19th, 2012 1:10am
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sultan599 sultan599
Its because a lexus is a reliable brand, whereas the other 3 aren't. You have to own one to experience it.
Oct 19th, 2012 4:14pm
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I love this car truly amazing design but man those wheels and steering wheel look gorgeous!
Oct 19th, 2012 1:06am
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peterjames7 peterjames7
Wow hated this car in the the other colour but i take my words back it looks awesome in this blue!
Oct 18th, 2012 9:25pm
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DBaskov DBaskov
This car looks good in any color. I'm kind of curious as to what the price is going to be. Since it's a high performance hybrid with upmarket design, I have a feeling that it won't be any cheaper than 80k. Either way it's a great looking car and would be a great addition to Lexus line up, which will throw some much needed combination of sportiness and elegance in the mix.
Oct 18th, 2012 9:41pm
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nexuseven nexuseven
Yes! It looks awesome, I like design of the headlamps :-)
Oct 19th, 2012 2:00am
3 1