Lexus takes the lid of LF-C2 Roadster concept

Lexus LF-C2 Roadster concept front quarter

Following a couple of teaser images, Lexus has flipped the lid of its LF-C2 Roadster concept which made its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Designed as a 2+2 roadster, the LF-C2 does not have any kind of top covering the cabin, with its exterior design said to be influenced by the way various surface shapes interact with different types of light.

“We’ve been instinctively drawn to and inspired by those things that capture the beauty of light. When you put something in the right light, people see it in a way they never have before,” explains Lexus’ Chief Designer, Yasuo Kajino.

Lexus LF-C2 Roadster concept front

Dressed in Golden Yellow exterior paint job, the open top luxury GT combines Lexus’ multi-layer paint process with the body panels’ sharp edges, planes and curves to exude a different character when viewed from different angles and under different lighting conditions.

The front fascia of the LF-C2 is highlighted by a more experimental expression of Lexus’ signature spindle-shaped grille.

The concept’s grille features a refined braided mesh theme that displays Lexus’ high level of craftsmanship and changes its appearance when viewed from different angles and lighting conditions.

It sits between triangle-shaped LED headlights, a signature element of Lexus sports cars, and indicator lamps that initiate the character line of the LF-C2.

Lexus LF-C2 Roadster concept top

The character line sweeps through the car’s arrow-shaped body and ends at the abbreviated rear deck.

Vents in the front bumper send cool air to the brakes and help manage airflow through the body to help keep the front end stable at high speed.

The LF-C2’s profile shows a swooping line from the car’s front bumper fin to the steeply-angled A-pillar.

Small vents in the side sills direct air to the rear brakes and out the fin-like rear diffusers.

Lexus LF-C2 Roadster concept rear
The rear end of the LF-C2 is highlighted by Lexus L-shaped taillight bulbs, an exhaust system with chrome-covered quad exhaust tips, and a new rear diffuser design.

Measuring 4,715mm in length, 1,840mm in width and 1,385mm in height, the LF-C2 is 23mm longer and 13mm lower than the Lexus RC Coupe. The concept’s impactful stance is planted by five-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels.

The exterior extends into the cabin as the centre console originates from the rear deck and runs down the length of the cabin all the way to the dashboard.

Lexus LF-C2 Roadster concept interior

 

The dashboard design presents functional simplicity with an attractive-yet-straightforward instrument cluster, a central video monitor controlled by a remote touchpad on the centre console and a classically-styled analogue clock placed between the central air vents.

White-and-grey leather surfaces are soft to the touch while LED lights run along the length of the interior below the windows.

No details about the concept’s powertrain has been released by Lexus, an upcoming RC Convertible will likely share the coupe’s range of engines.

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