Lexus Green Lights a Red-Hot Concept Coupe for Production

Lexus will build the hot concept that wowed the Detroit auto show.

Lexus stunned the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit with the LF-LC concept coupe, previewing an age of more aggressive styling for the staid brand. Now the company is making good on that concept car’s promise by introducing a production version at the 2016 Detroit show in January.

Australia’s got inside scoop that the production coupe will arrive with the 5.0-liter V8 seen in the RC-F and will be called the LC 500. A V6-powered hybrid-electric LC 500h version is also likely, along with a more powerful LC-F sport version to come later.

The concept originated from Toyota’s CALTY design studio in Newport Beach, California, whose designers Lexus general manager Mark Templin thanked at the auto show. “One look at this coup and you can see their passion came through,” he said. “The fluid lines through the entire silhouette of the car create a dynamic profile that emphasizes direction and motion. It features a glass-to-glass roof pillar that has never been done before, and paired with a sliding glass roof, there’s tremendous visibility for the driver.”

We have to wait for the 2016 Detroit show to see how many of these details make it into the production version.

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Photos by Toyota Motor Sales, USA