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Stylish Lexus LF-LC Coupe Looking Good For Production

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On: Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 11:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

Stylish Lexus LF-LC Coupe Looking Good For Production

Toyota has already begun its journey to become a more sporty, fun to drive brand. Not only has it developed cars like the GT 86 (and maybe a Supra successor), it's also restructured its marketing strategy. If it keeps things up, it will regain the reputation for sporty driving it had back when the Celica and Supra were household names.

Toyota also appears interested in carrying the strategy over to its luxury brand, Lexus. In fact, it already has with the LFA. Of course, a super-expensive, limited run supercar isn't enough to get many customers really excited. According to a new report, it is developing the LF-LC coupe as a more mainstream but still high-end sports car.

According to Automotive News, Lexus insiders are saying that the LF-LC concept, which Lexus first showed at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, is almost certain to see production. It sounds as though the odds have officially increased from 50/50. In Detroit, Lexus called the LF-LC a design study and didn't appear to have any production plans. The overwhelming reaction to the concept has reportedly convinced it that it's the car to help make the brand sportier and more attractive to consumers.

The coupe would be much more attainable than the LFA, possibly competing against the Porsche 911 Turbo and Aston Martin Vantage in the $120,000 range. Given that price range, the LF-LC would serve as a more mainstream complement to the limited edition LFA, and Automotive News' report says it could be a sort of LFA 'lite' in terms of technology and build.

In Detroit, Lexus said that the LF-LC concept uses a front-engined, rear-driven powertrain with Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive, so the production model may use some form of hybrid power.

Though the concept has an undercurrent of technology, the powertrain is but an afterthought, and the LF-LC's main focus is on styling. Fluid lines, jet afterburner-inspired taillamps, redesigned spindle grille, glass-to-glass roof pillar and sharp headlamps combine to provide an aura of sporty sophistication. The production version may get toned down, but the concept foreshadows a dramatic car.

It's an exciting time for Japanese sports cars. All three Japanese luxury brands are considering flagship-level sports cars, and they may all use some form of hybrid power. Acura is the first brand that's committed to building a flagship sports car in the form of thenew hybrid NSX. Infiniti is considering a production version of the Emerg-E concept that it showed at the Geneva Motor Show, among other halo car possibilities.


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