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THE TWO-DOOR LF-CC CONCEPT COUPE SETS A NEW DESIGN STANDARD FOR LEXUS BY OFFERING ONE OF ITS BOLDEST VISUALS TO DATE

The main pillars of the LF-CC, Lexus’s latest concept model, which made its long-awaited world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in 2012, are “design,” “driving pleasure” and “state-of-the-art hybrid technology.”

The LF-CC’s bodywork is its most striking asset, thanks to the expertise and experience accumulated within the Lexus Design Division over the 10-year or so period since the introduction of its L-finesse philosophy. L-finesse, coined from the brand’s core values of “leading-edge” and “finesse,” is a self-imposed design concept to which Lexus has always aspired. Over time, the designers have honed the concept, improving it each time they develop a new concept or production model.

“We went back to basics to restudy and develop our visual language, thereby setting this vehicle far and away from its rivals in terms of exterior styling,” says Takeshi Tanabe, project manager of the Lexus Design Division.

The spindle grille makes its presence known on this vehicle with its 3-D-esque profile. Strong, sculptural lines originating from the grille run from the surface of the hood to the rear. The large front fenders — another no-nonsense design feature of the vehicle — are aerodynamically shaped to guide the flow of oncoming air to the engine and front brakes.

Completing this distinctive look are the LED projector headlights inserted in the narrow gap between the upper and lower fender surfaces. The clever headlight system is a unit of three independent lights, each with its own heat sink, sharpening the frontal expression of the vehicle and making it even more dynamic.

The bodywork on the side is also impressive. The distinctive lines rise upward from beneath the body via the rear fenders and move toward the rear before seamlessly merging into the trunk lid and spoiler. Thanks to the uniquely sculptured roof treatment, the car has a distinctive coupe profile. It is easy to imagine the car being thrust into top speed in no time at all.

“The modeling experts applied the finishing touches to the 1/1 clay model to ensure the perfect exterior styling of the vehicle,” Tanabe says, reflecting on the careful creation process in which the human touch is always integral.

The rear-wheel drive LF-CC is powered by a combination of the all-new 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder gasoline engine and a compact magnet electric motor. This cutting-edge hybrid power train emits an industry-leading 100 g/km of CO2. It also benefits from a power split device that combines and reallocates power from the engine, electric motor and generator, depending

on operational requirements.

In the past, Lexus enjoyed great success with the SC, a luxury sports coupe known as the Jewel of Lexus because of its elegant appearance and sporty steering. Since its removal from the lineup in 2010, there has been demand for something to take its place in Lexus’s portfolio. Although it is not a direct successor, the LF-CC, or at least the production model of it, is certainly the natural contender to fill the void that has been left.

TEXT BY SHOGO HAGIWARA
PHOTOGRAPHY BY GREG WHITE