We can’t say that we were particularly won over the by the styling of the Lexus LF-LC concept car from Detroit 2012, but you can’t deny it makes an impact. There’s obvious LFA in the overall silhouette, but it’s much more developed in its detailing. High-ups within the company love it… so it will apparently go into production almost unchanged by 2016. Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda has instructed it to go into production as-is.
According to an interview with Lexus Europe vice president Alain Uyttenhoven by Autocar, it could be based on a shortened LS platform, rather than the sports car chassis that Toyota has just embarked upon with BMW (the next Supra and Z4 will share the same basis). Other speculation includes the likelihood of V8 and hybrid options, over 500bhp, torque vectoring and a 10-speed automatic gearbox.
Interestingly it’s likely to carry the SC moniker, a tag most recently applied to the rather ‘boulevard’ coupé convertible. The LF-LC takes that name in a completely different direction.