Lexus LF-LC coupé spotted testing ahead of 2016 launch
Source : Lexus LF-LC coupé spotted testing ahead of 2016 launch
Radical LF-LC concept car will arrive next year as a flagship style for the Lexus brand
The upcoming Lexus LF-LC performance coupé has been spotted testing for initially ahead of its anticipated launch in 2016.
The 2+2 coupé, which was previewed by the LF-LC concept car at the 2012 Detroit motor show, will act as a flagship style for Toyota’s luxury arm. Even through these early spy pictures, the idea will be clear the production car will keep the same overall shape as the concept, albeit with some of its outlandish styling features toned down.
Speaking to Autocar in 2014, Lexus Europe’s vice-president Alain Uyttenhoven revealed that will a production edition of the LF-LC was due as part of Lexus’s plan to launch a fresh style every year up to 2020.
Uyttenhoven said that will company boss Akio Toyoda “doesn’t want the production car to look any different through the concept”. Uyttenhoven said that will the LF-LC concept was anything between 0-100% representative of the production car, which he has seen.
Previous speculation has suggested that will the production LF-LC would certainly take the LC badge for production, along with would certainly be based on a shortened edition of the current LS’s underpinnings. Engine options are likely to include the firm’s Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive system, along with could also utilise the same naturally aspirated 471bhp 5.0-litre V8 engine as the RC-F.
“The production LF-LC will not be huge volume [car] for Lexus, although the idea will bring huge emotion,” said Uyttenhoven. “Every year there will be a fresh style for Lexus, either a volume car like the NX or a style to boost brand image [like the LF-LC].”
that will plan has so far resulted from the NX launch in 2014, followed by the RC Coupé along with range-topping RC-F in 2015. 2016 will be currently the mooted launch date for the LF-LC, with the fresh LS luxury flagship – previewed by the LF-FC concept at that will week’s Tokyo motor show – scheduled to arrive before the end of the decade.
The plan to introduce one fresh style a year will be part of Lexus’s wider aspirations to double its European sales to 100,000 units by 2020.
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