As you may know already Lexus will introduce the all-new LF-CC Concept later this week at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and all the media said that the car previews the new IS. Well, it appears that things are not quite like this, as the car turns out to be a coupe version of the GS sedan.
Still, we don’t say that the media reports are wrong, as the new IS will carry the new spindle grille when it will make its debut next year in March, at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
Regarding the GS coupe, Lexus will build such a car as Toyota president Akio Toyoda wants to revitalize the Toyota and Lexus brands with sportier cars. Everything began with the Lexus LFA supercar, but we all know that the volume was limited.
Toyota will also revive the Supra and it will develop it with Bmw. Regarding the LF-CC, this concept uses a the 2.5-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine coupled with the high-output electric motor found in the new ES 300h Hybrid. The system will deliver a total output of 200 hp and the power will be delivered to the rear wheels.
Lexus designers penned the new Lexus LF-CC Concept as an evolutionary study of the carmaker’s distinct L-finesse design language. The new Lexus LF-CC Concept comes with a new reinterpretation of the hallmark Lexus 'spindle' grille that features a three-dimensional mesh as encased in a deep, metal-finish surround.
The spindle grille – framed by the bonnet lip, lower spoiler and projecting front fender tips – is flanked by three-LED projector headlamp as accommodated between the lower and upper fender surfaces. Interestingly, the headlamps are without a conventional, one-piece cover. Meanwhile, the Lexus LF-CC Concept features Independent Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) as fully integrated into the upper bumper.
When viewed from the side, the profile of the Lexus LF-CC Concept exposes the convex curve of the bonnet flowing harmoniously through its raked windscreen and into the roofline. The roofline of the concept is designed to peak towards the rear of the cabin, a design that helps highlight the traction derived from its rear-wheel drive powertrain. The Lexus LF-CC Concept also features bodywork stretched tight between its front and rear fenders. As styled, the rear fender is less prominent than its front counterpart, thereby emphasizing that the weight of the vehicle is biased on the rear for maximum traction.
Lexus LF-CC Concept also follows a design form found on the Lexus LF-LC concept and high-performance Lexus LFA – an airflow regulating fin which sculpted form flows upwards from lower sides to the rear wheel arch. This airflow regulating fin helps generate more downforce over the driven wheels, which means traction is further enhanced.