The coming new Lexus LF-C2 convertible concept has rolled a little further into the light this week, as revealed in this latest teaser image.
Described simply as an “open-air concept”, this new preview adds further credence to speculation that the LF-C2 will eventually debut as a convertible companion to the new RC Coupe.
Lexus has yet to confirm production plans for the LF-C2, although it is clear from this shot alone that showroom-ready lines will dominate the concept’s styling.
Watch for the concept to make its official debut at this week’s LA Auto Show, ahead of a likely production premiere in mid to late 2016.
LF-LC Supercoupe Still Coming
Another Lexus executive has weighed in on the production potential for the popular LF-LC concept, revealed first in Detroit back in 2012 and again at the same year’s Australian International Motor Show.
Talk in recent months has ranged from the LF-LC’s future as a high-powered successor to the hero LFA supercar, through to a reborn ‘SC’ that would be more accessible than the LFA but more potent than the last SC.
This week, Lexus Europe vice-president Alain Uyttenhoven told British mag Auto Express that production is indeed confirmed, hinting that the present plan will see the LF-LC drop closer to the ‘new-generation SC’ side of the rumour ledger.
It seems however that we can bet on the production LF-LC to be a more capable offering than the bulky and convertible second-generation model.
“It will not be a full carbon car costing £350,000. It will be - in terms of construction - a more normal car, a car than can be manufactured in larger quantities than just a batch of 500. This shows there will be more emotion from the brand,” Uyttenhoven said.
Technical details remain unclear, with rumours pointing to a 370kW petrol-electric six-cylinder hybrid system or the RC F Coupe’s 351kW 5.0 litre V8.
Lexus may even offer both, creating tiered performance levels across a two-model range.
A new 10-speed auto is also understood to be on the way, featuring a version of the ‘Sport Direct Shift’ system used by Lexus today.
Production timing for the new model is still to be revealed - if indeed production is confirmed - but reports point to a debut as early as 2016.