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Lexus LF-LC Concept Looks Happy In Blue

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On: Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 3:51PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lexus LF-LC Concept Looks Happy In Blue

We already knew the Lexus LF-LC was quite a looker, but a new coat of blue paint shows that it looks good in whatever it's wearing. Lexus debuted the LF-LC Blue concept at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show, keeping chatter alive about a concept sports car that might eventually see production.

Lexus debuted the original LF-LC - which looked mighty fine in red, too - at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, later hinting at the possibility of production. For the Australian show, Lexus covered the car in Opal Blue. Not that it needed an excuse for the luscious paint, but the color is actually linked to Australia by way of the semi-precious opal stone found in the Outback.

The concept uses the Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive, which Lexus reveals puts out a total of 500 hp from gas and electric components. Lexus hasn't detailed the specific powerplants used, but has said in the past that the system is front-engine and RWD.

The LF-LC uses a combination of aluminum and carbon fiber to create a light, taut body that appears ready to pounce. As car companies enjoy doing, Lexus creates a sense of motion using the L-shaped headlamps, deep side cuts and sweeping hood lines coming off the bold spindle grille. The concept also features a panoramic glass roof and jet afterburner-inspired tail lamps.

The leather-and-suede interior has wood and brushed metal accents. Twin 12.3-inch touchscreens provide information and navigation, and a touchscreen on the center console controls functions like audio and temperature. The racing-style steering wheel is outfitted with carbon fiber and integrated controls.

Lexus still falls short of confirming the LF-LC for production, but it continues to tease.

"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," says Lexus Australia's Tony Cramb. "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."

Let's hope that Cramb and Co. figure it out.

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