Lexus showcases the stunning LF-LC Hybrid Coupe in Singapore for the first time
From 1 July till 30 August 2013, Lexus fans and car enthusiasts in Singapore will have a rare opportunity to have an up-close look at the award-winning Lexus LF-LC concept coupé. To be displayed locally for the first time, the LF-LC concept car is specially flown in and will be housed at the new LEXUS BOUTIQUE at 33 Leng Kee Road.
The Lexus LF-LC was unveiled to global acclaim at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, showcasing the brand’s design revolution while pushing the boundaries of performance, style and technology. This concept car was first conceptualised at the Lexus’ Calty design studio in Newport Beach, California, and was embarked upon as the future hybrid sports coupé, embodying the brand’s belief in combining advanced technology with avant-garde beauty. The Lexus LF-LC is part of the brand focus to use great design to invoke an emotional connection with people, as recently encapsulated by the brand’s “AMAZING IN MOTION” campaign.
INSPIRED BY NATURE. DRIVEN BY THE FUTURE.
1. FUTURE OF LEXUS DESIGN
The LF-LC epitomises the new Lexus design language in its bold interpretation of the signature Lexus spindle grille and rear architecture. Drawing inspiration from nature in the form of a tree leaf, the LF-LC accentuates sumptuous curves blended smoothly into dynamic angles, creating an inviting display of lines, shadows and corners. Framed by a deep aluminium surround, the mesh pattern of the spindle grille takes 3D sculpture form and the opposed “L”s resembles water droplets falling down the grille. L-shaped daytime running lights with vertical fog lamps that utilise a fading dot matrix pattern suggest a sense of movement. A rear deck spindle grille design echoing the front of the LF-LC with L-shaped tail lamps using inner lighting – inspired by the look of a jet afterburner at take-off – creates a sense of depth and width.
The interior of the Lexus LF-LC matches the futuristic exterior with deeply scooped side panels and high, curved console designed to enhance driver focus. Comfort is combined with elegance as the interior features a blend of smooth leather and suede alongside brushed metal trim and wood accents. To complement the advanced technology within the vehicle, twin 12.3-inch LCD screens act as information and navigation displays. There are also pop-up touch-screen control boards that allow passengers to control audio, climate, navigation and other adjustments within the vehicle. The LF-LC glass roof features a lightweight, cantilevered pillar with a glass-to-glass juncture as inspired from modern architecture.
2. WORLD’S MOST ADVANCED POWERTRAIN – LEXUS HYBRID DRIVE
As part of Lexus’ continuous commitment as a pioneer and leader of hybrid technology, the front-engine, rear-wheel drive LF-LC features the world’s most advanced powertrain, the Lexus Hybrid Drive. Combining the powerful Atkinson cycle combustion engine with an advanced high-energy pack, the LF-LC produces an expected 438 horsepower. A light and driver-responsive body mass is achieved for the LF-LC by leveraging on the Lexus LFA Project in marrying carbon fibre and aluminium alloy materials.