When the Lexus LF-LC concept dazzled at this year’s Detroit auto show, we were told it had little to no chance of being produced. However, after the show car garnered such a positive reaction, Lexus is more seriously pondering the possibility of LF-LC production.
Lexus product planning chief Karl Schlicht revealed to Autocar that the LF-LC’s chances of making it to production have increased significantly. Although a concrete decision hasn’t been made yet, Schlicht said, “We’re now up to a fifty percent chance from a zero percent one,” after the sport coupe’s debut at the Geneva show earlier this month. “Every top Toyota Motor Company manager is aware of the great reception it has received and now we’re talking about how we can do it and fit it into the product plan.”
The sexy new coupe, styled by Toyota’s Calty design studio in California, is supposed to show the latest evolution of Lexus’ design language, while also borrowing styling cues that have appeared on previous Lexus production vehicles. The LF-LC’s mesh spindle-shaped front grille is also seen on the new Lexus GS sedan, while the concept’s swept-back headlights and rear draw inspiration from the Lexus LFA supercar. But the LF-LC’s futuristic details such as the camera-lens technology in the headlights, the spiraling center console shape, and the glass-to-glass roof pillar are what essentially made the car a showstopper.
We’ve previously reported that a production LF-LC could be built on a shortened version of the next Lexus LS chassis, and now those rumors are fifty percent closer to becoming true. As for a future Lexus GS F model, the GS-topping model could use a detuned version of the LFA’s V-10 engine. While the car hasn’t yet been approved, Schlicht said to Autocar that he would “love to see” the performance sedan head to production.