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Lexus LF-LC Production Coupe Will Mirror Concept Styling: Report Photo:
 
 
Mike Stevens | Jul, 18 2014 | 7 Comments

Lexus is gearing up to reveal a final production version of its swooping LF-LC concept with very few design changes, new reports suggest.

Unveiled in early 2012, the LF-LC came both as an evolution of the company’s powerful LFA supercar and as a preview of the new IS sedan and RC coupe.

Those two were previewed again by the more production-focused LF-CC concept, but fans have long held that the LF-LC would also make its way to the road.

Now, a new report with Britain’s Autocar suggests that not only will the sleek concept enter production, but that it will do so with most of its design intact.

Speaking with the magazine this month, Lexus Europe vice president Alain Uyttenhoven confirmed that Toyota boss Akio Toyoda had made sure of it.

“[Toyoda] “doesn’t want the production car to look any different from the concept,” Uyttenhoven said.

Like the LFA, the LF-LC - which could debut with the ‘LC’ badge - will be a special halo model for the brand, focused more on image than volume sales.

“The production LF-LC will not be huge volume [car] for Lexus, but it will bring huge emotion,” he said.

“Every year there will be a new model for Lexus, either a volume car like the NX or a model to boost brand image.”

The body of the new coupe will reportedly incorporate high-strength steels, along with a liberal use of aluminium and carbon fibre panels and components to keep weight down.

The new coupe isn’t likely to be another V10 hypercar however, with Lexus expected to focus more this time on affordability and accessibility.

Power is expected to come from either a 370kW petrol-electric six-cylinder hybrid system or the RC F Coupe’s 5.0 litre V8, producing around 350kW in LC form.

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.

Keep your eyes peeled.

 
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