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Lexus Says Concept Portends Future of Brand

Stunning luxury coupe would seem to have production intent.

by on Jan.10, 2012

Lexus unveiled the stunning LF-LC concept at the Detroit Auto Show Monday.

Lexus has unveiled a dramatic new concept coupe that draws a bit of its inspiration from the LFA supercar — but its power from a hybrid drivetrain.

It’s fairly normal for automaker executives to use a lot of hyperbole when discussing new concepts at the Detroit Auto Show, but Mark Templin, group vice president and general manager of Lexus, was obviously excited over the sleek new coupe.

“This is one hot lookin’ car,” Templin said as the Lexus LF-LC was unveiled in the Riverview Ballroom at Detroit’s Cobo Center.

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Drawn by designers at Toyota’s Calty Design in Newport Beach, Calif., the concept is powered by Toyota’s next-generation hybrid powertrain, although it didn’t provide additional details.

Also pointing toward the production possibilities for the concept is that Lexus has discontinued the unloved SC 430, as its once-avant garde styling failed to age gracefully, leaving the brand with no grand touring coupes or convertibles in its lineup.