Lexus has revealed a new high performance sports coupe concept- the 2012 Lexus LF-LC
The 2012 Lexus LF-LC combines advanced technologies and materials with an organic design that points to styling cues that will influence future Lexus sports models. The concept in particular pioneers use of lightweight carbon fibre and the next generation of Lexus’s industry-leading full hybrid powertrain.
The experience and in-house capabilities Lexus has gained in the development of the LFA supercar have directly benefited the creation of the 2012 Lexus LF-LC, notably in the successful marrying of carbon fibre and aluminium alloy materials in its construction to achieve a light body mass.
It provides an ideal platform for the next generation Lexus Hybrid Drive system. Dubbed Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive, it features a new, high-energy battery pack designed to deliver to greater power from a unit that is smaller than those used in Lexus’s current full hybrid model range.
The full petrol-electric system in the LF-LC produces a maximum 500bhp (372kW), more power than any other Lexus hybrid.
LF-LC Blue demonstrates what the future may hold for sports cars. Lexus has been synonymous with hybrid power, superior build quality, comfort and reliability; with the LF-LC it now reinforces its design and technology credentials. The concept hints at what is to come from Lexus, which is now actively studying how it can engineer and build a vehicle like this in the future.
This is not the only variation of this design to come from the minds of our Lexus engineers. The if the model is actually given the go ahead for the production line, it is expected to go into production sometime in late 2014. This is certainly set to be a game changer in the hybrid sector of the motor industry. It’s great to see the development of engines and alternative power becoming so successful- this is a step in the right direction.
The 2012 Lexus LF-LC is certainly one to watch!
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