A piece of news that will surely delight all Lexus fans, and probably many others, Lexus has today confirmed that the LF-LC concept car will enter production. The Lexus LF-LC concept first made its local debut at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. The stunning coupe was introduced to much fanfare with its striking blue metallic paint job inspired by opal stone of the Australian outback.
“That was (intended as) a concept car, and I think it surprised everybody, including us, when Japan said due to overwhelming response they decided to do it. It’s a huge win,” said Brian Smith, Lexus’ vice president for marketing.
Smith however, declined to reveal further details about the LF-LC, including how close the production car will resemble the concept or when production will begin.
The LF-LC will most likely be an all-wheel drive performance hybrid and have an output of over 370 kW. It will see advanced use of carbon fibre components and is expected to have an all aluminium body chassis.
Earlier in February this year, Lexus International executive vice-president, Kazuo Ohara said:
“The top-end coupe would be an all-new car, possibly built from a newly developed set of underpinnings. That means it would take around four years to make it to production, and would be extremely costly to establish.
“We probably have to do something new,” Ohara says of the platform of the potential new model. “It’s our job to be able to make it affordable, even if it’s expensive. I cannot disclose anything more at this moment.”
Although we won’t see the production Lexus LF-LC until probably 2017, the fact that Lexus has decided to build the hybrid coupe is a welcoming development.