Brave design inspires and excites people. We saw that first-hand when the Lexus LF-FC concept car was unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in 2012. But critics wondered if its dramatic lines and design ideology would ever make it through to a production vehicle.
They have. And what’s more, the production Lexus LC displays a statement of intent about the design and engineering direction of all future Lexus products. So let us take a closer look at the coupe’s exterior and examine some of the features and ‘firsts’ that have the allowed the conceptual design to be transferred to production reality.
The production model shares many of the concept car’s key design elements, proportions and visual dynamism. It displays an athletic, aerodynamic shape with sensual curves and a flowing, carbon fibre roof option. These create a wide and imposing vehicle stance and a package that is both passionate and highly functional.
The frontal area presents a powerful interpretation of Lexus’s signature spindle grille, with a chrome border on three sides and a radical new 3D mesh design that varies in visual tension. The L-shaped daytime running lights sit below new triple-LED headlamp units, designed to incorporate one of the motor industry’s thinnest projectors. This allows for a low bonnet line with a short front overhang.
Functional vents are worked into the exterior design to help improve aerodynamic stability and cooling. The car’s athletic profile is characterised by a fast sloping roofline, a wind-cutting silhouette, a long (2,870mm) wheelbase, compact overhangs (920mm front, 970mm rear) and low-set bonnet.
The curves and flowing lines maintain a consistent tension in the sheet metal, through to a rear end that features slim, multi-layered lamps with a lighting effect that presents a sequential L motif. A rear diffuser and optional rear spoiler help manage airflow when driving at high speed. The wheels are 20-inch machined cast aluminium or optional 21-inch forged aluminium.