Lexus LF-C2 Concept Pushes All the Emotional Buttons
Over the years, Lexus has admitted that some of their products haven’t always pushed the right buttons in the styling department, or at least pushed them aggressively enough. That era seems to be behind us however. This is the firm’s vibrant new LF-C2 concept. According to Lexus, it’s a 2+2 roadster inspired by “sunshine, warm weather, and winding roads”, and while it’s safe to say it launched at the appropriate auto show for that type of thing, it has caused quite the emotional stir in the process. RELATED: Check out more photos of the all-new Lexus LF-C2 Concept
The LF-C2 embraces the wild conceptual shapes of 2012’s LF-LC and imbues those traits with the current design language of the RC and IS models. The prominent front grille has been slightly updated and it sits between triangular LED lamps, followed around to the back by slices and bodylines designed to appear differently in various types of light.
Is it too radical for a four-seat Lexus drop-top? Some fans think so. But Lexus is sticking to their guns on this one. “The LF-C2 concept shows what’s in store for our brand’s future design direction,” notes Lexus vice president Jeff Bracken. It’s a design we suspect should mature nicely over the coming years.
PHOTOS: Take a look back at the stunning 2012 Lexus LF-LC coupe concept
Its most prominent feature or lack thereof, is its roof, which was purposefully omitted to give the car more of a grand touring feel. That lack of a roof gives us an eagle-eyed view down into the cockpit, and from what we see – it looks pretty splendid. The techy center console originates from the rear deck, sloping down through the back seats like a ski run, and slices the white-and-grey leather-hewn interior in two.
Lexus says that its chunky leather-wrapped steering wheel implies that the LF-C2 is a driver’s car, but with no powertrain specs to speak of, that bit remains up in the air. Though the luxury arm of Toyota certainly has a few current engines we wouldn’t mind seeing shoehorned underneath this hood.
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