Lexus LF-C

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  1. GReddy EX

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    Lexus introduced its third new concept design within a year when it unveiled the LF-C luxury sports coupe concept. The LF series of concept vehicles is designed to define and launch a new direction in design for the Lexus brand. The LF-C provides a hint of the direction Lexus is considering for the next generation IS 300 sports car.

    "Design is among the most important differentiating factors between products and the LF-C expands the current IS 300 sport sedan into a new category previously not addressed in the Lexus lineup," said Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager Denny Clements. "The LF-C concept is designed to target an extremely young, affluent buyer with a strong element of surprise."

    The surprise is provided by stylists from the Calty Design Research Center in the form of a 4-position retractable hardtop in the LF-C. The unique hardtop design allows the car to transform itself at the touch of a button from a coupe to a convertible, to a targa or to a speedster, depending on the driver's mood. The powered top stows neatly into the trunk through a surprisingly small rear-deck opening.

    A large rear wheel drive platform utilizes a high-output, front-mounted V8 engine with a six-speed sequential automatic transmission as the basis and motivating force for the LF-C. The LF-C is only slightly longer overall than the current IS 300. Significantly, the LF-C sits about two inches lower and is nearly five inches wider than the current IS 300. The broad stance and short overhangs strike an aggressive pose with ample dimensions to comfortably accommodate four adult passengers.

    "We used a combination of convex and concave surfaces to control the balance of light and shadow on the car which creates this beautiful contrast of having sharp lines within the sculpted exterior surfaces," said Kevin Hunter, vice president of Calty Design Research, Inc. "The idea was to create a sense of strength and softness at the same time, adding an air of mystery."

    The designers used long, integrated lines to simplify the overall form of the LF-C. The distinctive roof rail tapers as it moves forward from the rear, mimicking the sculpted theme of the main body. The extreme tapering of the main body shape from front to rear, which is then wrapped and interlocked by the rear fenders, is designed to show strength and power from every angle.

    The interior communicates performance with drive-by-wire steering and Formula One inspired shifter and steering wheel with the gauges stacked along the steering column axis, ascending toward the base of the windshield. The gauges are transparent, with needles moving from the ring, rather than the center. A dynamic and flowing center console, in a solid tapered form, runs the length of the interior. Displays and controls are hidden beneath this transparent console surface that is multi-layered, which creates a sophisticated, high-tech look and feel. The console is flanked on each side by arched, wing-like instrument panels situated low in front of the driver and passenger to create a feeling of openness.

    Four lightweight individual bucket seats use slender shapes inspired by modern stemware to create a contrast of sport and elegance. The effect provides roominess along with a snug and secure feeling. "We've known for some time that if Lexus ever prioritized styling the way we have product quality and advanced technology, we would once again change the luxury car playing field," said Clements.



    I like it :wiggle: ... the lights are a little "blah" though...

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    looks HOT in side view with the top down

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    probably will take some time to get used to
     
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    Bottom PIC, the Lexus in the dash, chopped? Annodized? I'm confused :o ...
     
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    Has potential, but rear end sucks!
     
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    ugly with the roof up, the coolest thing about it is the HUD
     
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    - GReddy...is it supposed to be the new SC coupe by Lexus
     
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    the ass looks sorta shitty... but the rest of the car is nice. would look better as a two-seater, I think
     
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    - Prob built to compete against the M3 and Audi S4 for the price category atleast. SC 430 is to pricey to compete in that league.
     
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    i think this will get adapted to the new IS
     
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    i'd pimp that
     
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    a lexus product specialist ( :rolleyes: ) told me that the next IS will be available in coupe and convertible form. maybe this is it
     
  12. GReddy EX

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    ha, no need to roll your eyes. This is, in fact the "preview" of the direction of the next generation Lexus IS. Lexus seems to be trying to offer it in a coupe, sedan and convertible form... like how other luxury brands (BMW, Audi, etc) offer their entry level cars in these variants. :wiggle:

    Lexus introduced its third new concept design within a year when it unveiled the LF-C luxury sports coupe concept car at the New York International Auto Show today. The LF series of concept vehicles is designed to define and launch an entirely new direction in styling for the Lexus brand. The LF-C provides a hint of the direction Lexus is considering for the next generation IS 300 sports car.

    "Design is among the most important differentiating factors between any two products and the LF-C expands the current IS 300 sport sedan into a new category previously not addressed in the Lexus lineup," said Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager Denny Clements. "The LF-C concept is designed to target an extremely young, affluent buyer with a strong element of surprise."

    The surprise is provided by stylists from the Calty Design Research Center in the form of a 4-position retractable hardtop in the LF-C. The unique hardtop design allows the car to transform itself at the touch of a button from a coupe to a convertible, to a targa or to a speedster, depending on the driver's mood. The powered top stows neatly into the trunk through a surprisingly minimal rear-deck opening.

    A large rear wheel drive platform utilizes a high-output, front-mounted V8 engine with a six-speed sequential automatic transmission as the basis and motivating force for the LF-C. With an expanded wheelbase of 5.1 inches, the LF-C is only slightly longer overall than the current IS 300. Significantly, the LF-C sits about 2.0 inches lower and is nearly five inches wider than the current IS 300. The broad stance and short overhangs strike an aggressive pose with ample dimensions to comfortably accommodate four adult passengers.

    "We used a combination of convex and concave surfaces to control the balance of light and shadow on the car which creates this beautiful contrast of having sharp lines within the sculpted exterior surfaces," said Kevin Hunter, vice president of Calty Design Research, Inc. "The idea was to create a sense of strength and softness at the same time, adding an air of mystery."

    Calty used long, integrated lines to simplify the overall form of the LF-C. The distinctive roof rail tapers as it moves forward from the rear, mimicking the sculpted theme of the main body. The extreme tapering of the main body shape from front to rear, which is then wrapped and interlocked by the rear fenders, is designed to show strength and power from every angle.

    The interior communicates performance with drive-by-wire steering and Formula One inspired shifter and steering wheel with the gauges stacked along the steering column axis, ascending toward the base of the windshield. The gauges are transparent, with needles moving from the ring, rather than the center.

    A dynamic and flowing center console, in a solid tapered form, runs the length of the interior. Displays and controls are hidden beneath this transparent console surface that is multi-layered, which creates a sophisticated, high-tech look and feel. The console is flanked on each side by arched, wing-like instrument panels situated low in front of the driver and passenger to create a feeling of openness.

    Four lightweight individual bucket seats use slender shapes inspired by modern stemware to create a contrast of sport and elegance. The effect provides roominess along with a snug and secure feeling.

    "We've known for some time that if Lexus ever prioritized styling the way we have product quality and advanced technology, we would once again change the luxury car playing field," said Clements. "The LF-C is a stunning example of how Lexus will address the future and change it at the same time."

    Text and photos courtesy of Toyota Motor Europe S.A./N.V.


    found more photos too... I'll post them in the original
     
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    it's probably a recording.. if you look at the sides of the dash you'll see more roadside hooplah.. cameras to replace mirrors = old & busted for concept cars.
     
  14. GReddy EX

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    hardly... it's not new that's for sure, but not busted... and seeing as how Lexus was the pioneer of the factory reverse camera on the RX330, it fits them quite well...

    Toyota also has an automatic parking systsem in development on the Prius, that will come here later this year :wiggle: Honda has one as well, but no U.S., no care :big grin:

    http://www.wishtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1604161
     
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