You may recall seeing a beautiful red sports car unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show early this year. It is now Australia's turn to see the car, the Lexus LF-LC, just as spectacular as the original but this time in blue. This new blue was inspired by the brilliant blue of some opals found in the Australian outback.
Apart from its unique colour, this Lexus also prefigures what could be the sports car of the future. Its bodywork is made of light carbon fibre and hides a hybrid power plant under the hood. Yes, you read right, this magnificent car is a hybrid!
This power plant, called the Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive, couples an Atkinson-cycle combustion engine with a groundbreaking high-power battery. The battery is smaller and can store more energy than existing ones. This combined power plant produces 500 hp, which is more than any other Lexus hybrid. We're not talking about fuel economy here but raw power.
The Lexus LF-LC's cabin features white and brown trim and is stuffed with technology. The glass roof offers a panoramic view along with efficient streamlining. The somewhat cold ambience created by the abundance of electronic gadgets is offset by soft materials and organic shapes where everything has been designed with the driver in mind. Cabin surfaces are covered in smooth leather and suede, materials highlighted by brushed metal and wood trim. Two 12.3-inch LCD screens display information and navigation data.
Externally, the car's lines reflect Lexus's new image where everything is accentuated. Its “sand” grille is reprised on its stern to create unity between front and back. The Lexus logos are tinted blue to indicate that the beast is a hybrid.
Although Lexus has no plans to release a production version of the LF-LC, we can always dream. In any case, don't miss the Australian International Motor Show, running until October 28.
By Christian Gagnon - autoExpert.ca