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Lexus once again goes "Predator" with the LF-LC Concept

Lexus has long been known for quality, reliability, and tomb-like interior quietness. What the company hasn't always been known for, however, is bold styling. The company definitely amped things up a bit with the LFA supercar, but the adventurous styling is starting to filter slowly down the ranks to "lesser" Lexus models.
Lexus today officially pulled the wraps off the LF-LC Hybrid Sport Coupe Concept that will preview the likely replacement for the discontinued Lexus SC430. The stylish four-seater has a face that only a mother could love (and that mother would have to be a relative of the Predator), but the rest is quite breathtaking.

Unfortunately, Lexus spends most of its time in the press releases waxing poetic about the design of the vehicle instead of giving us the gritty details on the advanced hybrid powertrain. All that we do know is that the vehicle will be front-engine, with rear-wheel drive. We're guessing that production version will be available with the Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive found in the Lexus GS 450h, which is good for 338hp by combining a 3.5-liter V6 with a water-cooled permanent magnet electric motor.
But seeing as how 338hp is mere peanuts in today's luxury horsepower wars, we wouldn't be too surprised to see a V8 hybrid offering for those craving a bit more performance (while at the same time keeping fuel efficiency in check).

“Our entire studio worked to develop this beautiful interpretation of Lexus originality,” said Kevin Hunter, president of Calty. “The LF-LC concept embodies our vision of what a premium sport coupe could be.”
“This thought-provoking design exercise is a stunning expression of creativity,” said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “Combined with a next-generation hybrid powertrain, this concept promises a rewarding driving experience that is also kinder to the environment.”

Let's just hope that the production model isn't too watered down (although we highly suggest you they do something with that grille).

Source: Lexus

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Not a huge fan of Lexus...
By Freeseus on 1/9/2012 2:42:20 PM , Rating: 2
... but I wouldn't mind taking this for a test ride. I really like the aggressive design in the front.

The car design warrants more torque and hp. And perhaps less hybrid and more uranium.

RE: Not a huge fan of Lexus...
By Motoman on 1/9/2012 3:13:51 PM , Rating: 2
Have to agree. While that front end may be a bit of a jolt the first time you see it, I think it's an aggressive design that that conveys the "predatory" intent of the car. Thumbs up.

RE: Not a huge fan of Lexus...
By Mitch101 on 1/9/2012 5:04:43 PM , Rating: 2
It looks neat at first but I wonder if in a few months youll have buyers remorse that the front looks strange.

RE: Not a huge fan of Lexus...
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/9/2012 7:03:03 PM , Rating: 2
Nope, that thing looks HOT!

RE: Not a huge fan of Lexus...
By Reclaimer77 on 1/9/2012 7:41:33 PM , Rating: 1
It does indeed look hot. Too bad it's a hybrid.

RE: Not a huge fan of Lexus...
By Brandon Hill on 1/9/2012 7:42:50 PM , Rating: 2
Put the crack pipe down! ;)

RE: Not a huge fan of Lexus...
By vol7ron on 1/10/2012 9:23:57 AM , Rating: 2
The stylish four-seater has a face that only a mother could love (and that mother would have to be a relative of the Predator)...

Are you kidding? It's not the retro, new-age classic look, it's better. Maybe you're not yet used to it, or prefer a different look/feel, but I think a lot of people will disagree with you on that statement.

RE: Not a huge fan of Lexus...
By Reclaimer77 on 1/10/2012 4:54:10 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I'm not sure what he's on about. I mean that second pic, what a profile! It's just sleek and gorgeous. Maybe a bit too Nissan Z'ish, but since when did people think the Z was ugly?

As far as the front end, it's a concept car, so it's safe to say that will probably be toned down for production. But even as is, it's pretty damn sporty looking.

RE: Not a huge fan of Lexus...
By Omega215D on 1/10/2012 11:44:57 AM , Rating: 2
Nah, it's like an extremely aggressive Honda S2000. I wouldn't get tired of seeing it in my driveway if I could afford one.

Then again I have some strangely aggressive looking sport bikes in my garage.

RE: Not a huge fan of Lexus...
By inperfectdarkness on 1/10/2012 10:03:27 AM , Rating: 2
they really need to put it at a price point around 40-50k. really hard to opt for something with anemic power (potentiallly even in v8) when a c6 grand-sport is a more attractive option at the same (or even cheaper) price point.

RE: Not a huge fan of Lexus...
By kkwst2 on 1/10/2012 2:37:24 PM , Rating: 2
I would propose that there is very little overlap between a potential buyer of a Corvette and this car.

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