Lexus has unveiled its LF-LC Blue high performance sports coupe concept at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, Australia. The LF-LC Blue represents a further development of the model that was revealed at the 2012 Detroit motor show earlier this year. While the Detroit model dons a burning red finish, the one displayed in Sydney sports an Opal Blue finish, as inspired by the natural base color of the Australian gemstone. The LF-LC is an amalgam of advanced technologies and materials and carries an organic design that will serve as styling cues for future Lexus sports models. The LF-LC Blue features the use of lightweight carbon fibre and the next generation of Lexus’ full hybrid powertrain.
Lexus banked on its experience and in-house capabilities gained from development of the LFA supercar to create the LF-LC. This is much notable on the successful combination of carbon fibre and aluminium alloy materials in the concept’s construction, resulting to a light body mass. The LF-LC Blue provides an ideal platform for the next generation Lexus Hybrid Drive system.
The so-called Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive features a high-energy battery pack designed to deliver more power from a unit smaller than those in Lexus’ current full hybrid model range. The LF-LC’s full petrol-electric system provides up to 500bhp (372kW), which is significantly higher than any other Lexus hybrid. The LF-LC Blue is touted to demonstrate the future of sports cars, as Lexus has been synonymous with hybrid power, superior build quality, comfort and reliability. The LF-LC concept provides a glimpse of what Lexus might be planning for the future.