Lexus LF-C2 Revealed Further, LF-LC Still On The Table Photo:
Mike Stevens | Nov, 18 2014 | 0 Comments

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.

In production, the four-seater C2 - or ‘RC Convertible’ - will face off against BMW’s new 4 Series Convertible, Audi’s A5 Cabriolet and the recently spied topless version of the new Mercedes C-Class.

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.

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