LF-CC displays the latest evolution of the L-finesse design language and signature spindle grille, to be reflected in future Lexus D-Segment vehicles
Announces the market launch of a mid-size coupe in the near future
Features a new 2.5 litre full hybrid powertrain with class-leading CO2 emissions, which will be introduced soon in the Lexus model range
Following the unveiling of Lexus’ award-winning hybrid 2+2 sports coupe concept, the LF-LC at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show and its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show, a new, mid-sized coupe concept, the LF-CC makes its World Premiere at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
The more compact, rear-wheel drive, full hybrid LF-CC already integrates various design cues from the LF-LC; a first illustration of how concept cars are truly influencing future Lexus models and, in this instance, future D-Segment derivatives.
Announcing the launch of a premium mid-sized coupe in the more accessible D-segment in the near future, the LF-CC reinforces Lexus’ commitment to create more engaging, inspirational vehicles through attractive design, a superior driving experience and advanced technologies.
The LF-CC showcases the latest evolution of the company’s unique L-finesse design language, with the boldest yet interpretation of the signature Lexus ‘spindle’ grille. Framed by the bonnet lip, deep lower spoiler and powerfully projecting front fender tips, the grille mesh is encased in a deep, metal-finish surround and takes on a pronounced, 3D form.
A unique, 3 LED-projector headlamp design is housed in the narrow gap between the lower and upper fender surfaces, without a conventional, one-piece cover. Independent Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) are fully integrated into the upper bumper surface to complete this unique new design.
The broad lower fenders are aerodynamically sculpted to manage the flow of air to the engine bay and front brakes, whilst reinforcing the powerful, dynamic road presence of the new Lexus signature frontal design.
In profile, the powerful convex curve of the bonnet flows seamlessly through a steeply raked windscreen into a roofline which deliberately peaks towards the rear of the cabin to emphasise the traction available from the vehicle’s rear-wheel drive powertrain.
The bodywork is stretched tight between the front and rear fenders, and the rear fender is less pronounced than that of the front, reinforcing the concentration of vehicle weight over the driven wheels for maximum traction.
Further developing a design form initiated on the LF-LC concept and the high-performance LFA, the sharply sculpted form of an airflow regulating fin flows from underneath the side of the car and upwards through the rear wheel arch. This aerodynamic detail is designed to increase downforce over the driven wheels, further improving traction.
The airflow regulating fin merges with the falling roofline in a pronounced rear spoiler integrated within the boot lid, seamlessly fusing design and aerodynamic elements to give the vehicle its distinctive, coupe proportions.
To the rear, the full width bumper flows into the rear wheel arches to emphasise the LF-CC’s broad, powerful stance. Lexus-characteristic L-shaped combination lamps feature a layered, strongly three-dimensional design, and the lower, concave bumper section incorporates a full width spoiler to further enhance rear-wheel drive traction. The rear stop lamp is nicely integrated into the shark antenna.
The LF-CC is finished in a new, ‘Fluid Titanium’ exterior colour, a metallic finish with exceptionally high brilliance which combines sharp, bright highlighting with dark shaded surfaces to reinforce the powerful forms of the bodywork’s sculpted surfaces.
The LF-CC’s interior hints at the progressive luxury of a future Lexus model cabin layout, and represents a further development of the company’s HMI (Human Machine Interface) design philosophy.
The dashboard is divided into two distinct zones: an upper, Display Zone, with a multi-display screen located at an ideal distance for at-a-glance viewing, and a lower, Operation Zone, which allows access to the uniquely designed shift lever and an innovative touch tracer display for remote system control.
This clear division of zones creates a unique fusion of an airy, spacious cabin and a sporting cockpit which places the emphasis on a snug, highly focused driving environment. All functional driving components are consolidated in the driver’s seat surroundings, combining outstanding ergonomics with advanced HMI technologies.
The driver benefits from a low, highly focused driving position with a sporting, wide grip steering wheel, optimum pedal placement and high-visibility instrument dials. The touch tracer display for remote system control is located directly behind the shift lever for maximum comfort and ease of operation.
Coordinating with the ‘Fluid Titanium’ exterior colour, the seats, door panels and instrument binnacle hood are trimmed in a warm, elegant amber leather finish. The extensive use of metallic finishes and soft touch materials throughout reinforces the premium quality of the environment. The contrast between the exterior and interior colour schemes gives the car an elegant yet simultaneously sporting image.
ALL-NEW 2.5 LITRE FULL HYBRID POWERTRAIN
Representing a new Lexus powertrain for future production, the LF-CC is equipped with an all-new, highly efficient, 2.5 litre full hybrid powertrain delivering a combination of the engaging performance appropriate to a sporting, D-segment coupe and low CO2 emissions, targeted below 100 g/km. This powertrain will achieve class-leading energy efficiency, with more than 2 hp produced per gram of CO2.
This Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain features an all-new, ultra-smooth running, 2.5 litre 4-cylinder petrol engine mated to a compact, high-output, water-cooled permanent magnet electric motor.
In addition to the petrol engine and electric motor, the LF-CC hybrid drive system further comprises a generator, a high-performance battery, a power split device which, via planetary reduction gears, combines and re-allocates power from the engine, electric motor and generator according to operational requirements, and a compact power control unit to govern the high speed interaction of the system components.
Adapted specifically for the hybrid powertrain, the all-new 2.5 litre, DOHC, 4-cylinder petrol engine benefits from several technical improvements. It adopts the Atkinson cycle and D-4S direct injection technology to optimise both the power and fuel-efficiency benefits of Lexus Hybrid Drive.
Lexus will introduce this new hybrid powertrain into its model range in the near future.
Lexus at the 2012 Paris Motor Show
Besides the world premiere of the new LF-CC, Lexus will also display the all-new LS 600h F SPORT in Western European premiere. The new LS flagship sedan reflects the bolder Lexus exterior and interior design direction, and brings enhanced driving dynamics, world-leading refinement, luxury and innovative advanced technology.
Introduced by Paul Van der Burgh, Director Lexus Europe, the Lexus Press Conference will be held at 8.45 AM CET on September 27 (hall 4, stand 120).
So is this the rumored GS coupe, judging by the size classification?
Could be the GS Coupe. Or it could be the new IS Coupe. We'll find out eventually. The people on Club Lexus are going batshit crazy over this car. So gullible and willing to believe anyone who types anything about this car just about. Makes me sick.
Unlike other Lexus hybrids, the body design doesn’t aim to make explicit the hybrid powertrain or fuel-economy potential. “We used to show the cars were hybrid, but now this is more emotional and sporty,” says Lexus Design group manager Takeshi Tanabe. The long nose will also house gasoline engines, which at present consist of a version of the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four (IS 250), 3.5-liter V-6 (IS 350), and the 5.0-liter V-8 in the IS F in the U.S. This would be the first IS hybrid.
Tanabe explains, “In the past, Lexus was about reliability, quality, comfort, and silence. We still have that, but we are adding emotion through the design to attract younger buyers. From now, from the new GS and this CC Concept, we’re adding excitement.”
“Maybe some will like this car; maybe some won’t,” says Tanabe. “I don’t want to say we’ll offend people who don’t like it, but I do want to be distinctive.”
Lexus to build production version of dramatic coupe
The dramatic Lexus LF-CC coupe, which appeared at this week’s LA show, is heading for production Autocar can reveal. First seen at the Paris show in September this year, the LF-CC is expected to morph into a showroom model by 2015.
Autocar understands that a senior Lexus engineer has been assigned to the project and serious work will start on the production engineering at the beginning of 2013. A Lexus source said the company wanted to build a car that was ‘exciting and emotional’ and reflected the future image Lexus image as ‘sporting’ brand.
The source also admitted that the company was seriously studying building a compact SUV similar in concept to Land Rover’s Evoque. However, the idea was ‘still being considered’ mainly because of the doubts that such a model would fit in with Lexus’s future direction.
The new sports model is likely to come in both cabrio and fixed-head forms and is thought to be based on the same rear-drive platform as the new IS and GS models, probably using the IS’s shorter wheelbase and the GS’s wider track.
Like all Lexus models, the production car will be a hybrid, most likely using a tweaked version of the GS’s 350h drivetrain, which currently offers 300bhp. The production styling is thought to be close to this LF-CC concept car, itself a more viable version of the outlandish LF-LC concept, which also appeared at the LA show albeit in fresh paint.
Lexus sources said that the company wanted to slot the new car into the space vacated by the old SC coupe-convertible, which was discontinued in 2010. Lexus’s first SC coupe was launched in 1991. The US will be the most important market for the new car. It is too early in the development process to know whether the car will be offered in the UK.
Exciting news today — in a move that suggests a new high-performance coupe is in the works, Lexus has trademarked RC F in the USA & Europe.
The model designation RC was first discovered last November, when Lexus reserved RC 350 with the Australian Patent Office.
At the time, the speculation was that the RC would be a new mid-size coupe partially based on the LF-CC concept, and the filing of this new RC F trademark adds weight to the theory, as it fits the pattern established with current IS & IS F.
It’s still the early days, but the idea of a coupe built with the same performance focus as the current IS F feels like a match made in heaven and a perfect compliment to the Lexus lineup. Looking forward to learning more.
(For completion’s sake, Lexus RC F was filed under United States Patent & Trademark Office #85770072 and European Union #011314226.)
Today we have created a very cool rendering for the upcoming IS F Coupe — AKA RC F.
In developing our rendering for the next IS F Coupe we used design elements seen on the LF-CC Concept and combined them with elements revealed by the spy shots. We have tried to make the sports coupe as sporty as any other Lexus F model you’ve seen in the past.
Despite the heavy camouflage, it’s easy to notice that the IS F Coupe has a more aggressive front end, that boasts larger air intakes on each end of the bumper and a slightly revised grille insert. A small hood scoop is also visible on this test car, making it crystal clear that this is no standard IS F.
The prototype rides on multi-spoke wheels combined with large, slotted brake rotors, big brake calipers.
For the rear, it gets a quad-tip exhaust setup along with a modest, pop-up spoiler on the trunk lid. The rear photos also show us that the fenders on this coupe are much wider than on the regular IS.
For the RC F, 455 HP and 8 Speeds Wrapped in Carbon Fiber
It's the all-new RC, Lexus' challenge to the new BMW 4 Series. We cornered a Lexus insider just after the Nurburgring photos were taken and managed to extract the story. From the RC's three powertrains to the flagship RC F's 455-hp, 5.0-liter V-8; from the RC F's carbon-fiber body parts and LFA-inspired handling to its eight-speed transmission, here's the full story, including an artist's impression of what the raunchy RC F will look like.
Slated for an autumn 2014 introduction, the new RC (stands for Racing Coupe!) and its RC F big brother will be the most exciting model to ever emerge from Lexus's lineup by far. Sure, the V-10-powered,$400,000 Lexus LFA supercar ranked sky-high in the excitement stakes, but you needed your own hedge fund to afford one.
The RC draws the essence from the LFA, mixes it with the best from the IS, and adds an eye-opening engine lineup that will cater to all tastes. The RC lineup will land in Lexus showrooms late next year for around $40,000, while the fire-breathing RC F will be priced a little north of $100,000.
Draped in a newly penned exterior that borrows lines and surfaces from the LF-CC concept that debuted at the 2012 Paris auto show, the RC gets a brand-new body, a revised wheelbase shorter than that of the IS, and a new spindle grille to distinguish it from the IS.
Meanwhile, the flagship RC F employs carbon-fiber parts including the hood, roof, and trunklid. Oh, and that hood scoop has nothing to do with induction. Our insider tells us the intake sucks air in and channels it to the underbody, where it improves the car's downforce. The RC F also gets a speed-sensitive automatic rear spoiler adapted from the LFA, suspension settings 15mm lower than the RC, and other aerodynamic tweaks learned from the LFA that will allow the RC F to clear 186 mph.
The RC F sits on a new chassis with a reinforced subframe and Sachs monotube shock absorbers, special control-arm rear suspension, uprated coil springs and stabilizers, a specially tuned Lexus Dynamic Handling system, and 19-inch BBS wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 rubber. Co-developed by Brembo and Lexus, the brake system will employ six pistons on the front and a four-piston setup on the rear with slotted rotors all-round.
Now comes the tastiest part: the engines. In addition to the V-8 in the flagship RC F, the RC lineup has a new turbocharged 2.0-liter, a 2.5-liter hybrid and a 3.5-liter V-6 with Torsen LSD.
We're going to focus mainly on the RC F, given its implications. Powered by a 5.0-liter V-8, the RC F generates 455-hp at 6800 rpm and 401 lb-ft of torque at 5200 rpm. Our insider also reveals that the RC F will clear strict new Euro-6 emissions regulations. To achieve that, the RC F will incorporate Lexus' (and Toyota's) first-ever cylinder deactivation technology in which four cylinders will be shut down during high-speed cruising. The RC F will also incorporate a paddle-shifted, eight-speed, three-mode (Normal, Sport, and Snow) automated manual transmission called Sports Direct Shift borrowed and revised from the IS F. It's also fitted with an advanced fuel supply system and race-tuned exhaust for a beefier note.
Expect to see the RC F flagship unveiled at the Detroit auto show in January, with the three other RCs debuting in April at the New York auto show with a planned on-sale date of September 2014.
Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda has been talking about a Lexus sports car for the masses for a couple of years now. With the base RC's entry price of around $40,000, you could say it's finally here… almost.
So I guess this would be what people a few years ago thought was the rumored IS-F coupe. Interesting engine selections. Considering that the current Toyota hybrid 2.5L system for rwd use was unveiled in the Crown we can expect it would be the same system.
Lexus Racing announced a new race car based on the Lexus “LF-CC” that will compete in the Super GT Series GT500 class starting next season. The vehicle will replace the Lexus SC 430 currently used in Super GT races.
The Lexus LF-CC is a two-door coupe concept that debuted at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012. It features a dynamic exterior with an emphasis on aerodynamics and cooling performance.
Vehicle shakedown will begin at the Suzuka Circuit this afternoon.
Our spy shooters caught the 2015 Lexus RC F coupe testing in Death Valley, providing yet more hints about the future Japanese sports car. We now believe that, rather than being badged as an IS coupe, the two-door version of the Lexus IS will be called the RC. It will battle the BMW 4 Series — and the hot Lexus RC F coupe will take on the upcoming BMW M4.
-Striking concept-to-reality coupe explores new frontiers for Lexus.
-High performance V6 gas and hybrid powertrains accentuate the strong sport-nature of RC.
-New Lexus dedicated coupe with the most aggressive use yet of the iconic spindle grille.
-High contrast interior colors with unique new trim create a driver’s cockpit that enhances the fun-to-drive intention of RC.
The all-new Lexus RC coupe will make its world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show on Nov. 20,2013. The press conference will be held at 8:45 a.m. and a live webcast stream of the event will be available at http://www.lexus-int.com.
Two RC models will be displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show – RC 350 with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, and the RC 300h hybrid with a 2.5-liter engine. Today Lexus released photos of the all-new RC in advance of the world premiere. The RC line brings to life the luxury marque’s focus on emotional appeal through a dynamic and alluring two-door coupe. It has been developed to raise the brand’s profile with a broader audience and new-to-Lexus customers. It injects emotional appeal into the Lexus DNA that is synonymous with build quality, refinement and reliability.
Lexus designers have infused the RC design with deeply contoured lines never before seen in the Lexus line-up. They have integrated the widest and lowest application yet seen of the Lexus spindle grille.
Triangular headlamps evoke the sporty characteristics of the LF-LC styling while concept vehicle inspiration is evident in the unique three-lamp LED design. At low beam, the lamps adopt an L-shaped pattern as an expression of the Lexus identity. The sharp, thin design of the rear combination lamps adopts the symbolic Lexus L-shaped motif.
RC’s aluminum wheels continue the concept-to-production design philosophy with two available combinations – a deeply sculpted 10-spoke 19-inch wheel or a muscular five-spoke 18-inch version, each precision-machined and finished with elegant black and platinum center caps.
A new Lexus painting process that uses multiple layers of clear and deeper-colored coating brings the RC coupe to life with a brighter and more contrasting shade, especially on the racy red exterior.
Highly acclaimed sport concept vehicles have greatly influenced the interior of the RC coupe, with maximum use of contrasting colors, materials and lighting. A purpose-built Lexus-first lighting package provides a great sense of occasion, with illumination that reflects upwards, rather than downwards, to envelop the interior. High contrast interior trim, including a new tone called Clove, emphasize design lines and accentuate the elegant cabin. Genuine shimamoku wood highlights – the result of an intense, layered wood production technique refined by Lexus – are used to emphasize the surrounding trim.
The driver’s cockpit is divided into operational and display zones. The upper zone houses the instrument panel and a seven-inch navigation screen while a layered center console integrates a new Lexus first Remote Touch Interface.
Important for a coupe, the seats utilize an integrated foaming construction method – much like the molding of racing seats – to ensure optimum occupant comfort and support.
Overall very agressive, in a positive way. Not a thing of beauty like the LF-LC but very purposeful. I like what they did with the rear the most, the front is a bit overdone for my tastes, specially the grill treatment. While the lights combo on the front is still ugly, it's a little bit better than what was done on the IS. Have to give it to Toyota, the front fender stamping is an interesting piece. Wonder if its steel or carbon fiber.
New coupe is a “kick ass driver’s car” and a taste of the future, declares global boss
Lexus International executive vice president Mark Templin has also told motoring.com.au the RC is only the beginning of a flow of exciting performance models from the company.
The RC launches at the Tokyo motor show as a V6 and hybrid this month and is expected to be topped by a V8 RC F that is tipped to be launched at the Detroit show in January.
A version powered by the company’s new 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine is also expected to join the range.
“In the past we have been a very good company at building great cars and delivering great experiences to customers but not so much at driving the emotional quotient of our brand,” Templin admitted.
“Cars like the LFA got us started, the GS continued that, IS continued that. The RC will take it to another level.”
Templin, who is the third most senior Lexus executive globally and also a managing officer of the Toyota Motor Company, was speaking at last week’s Australian ES sedan media launch.
“We want people to be passionate about our brand for more than just the way the dealer takes care of them or the fact that the car doesn’t break.
“We want them to get excited about the products and have fun with the products and want to show them off to other people and be advocates for the brand.
“The more we can create those advocates the more they become our marketing department and our sales force. They do all the hard work for us, they sell cars for us and even though everyone is not going to buy a coupe it helps make the brand more special.”
The RC was previewed by the LF-CC concept car and is based on the modular rear-wheel drive architecture of the IS and GS sedans. It fills the same role in the range as the new 4 Series does for BMW and the A5 for Audi.
“The car is great because it is wider than IS, it’s got the track width of GS, it’s shorter than IS. It’s got bits from both of those cars and it’s going to be a kick ass driver’s car with a lower centre of gravity and some other things that will make it a fantastic car to drive.
“It will also get people excited about Lexus design.”
Lexus has made attempts to inspire passion previously, going as far back as the ‘L Tuned’ modifications of the early noughties. That branding has since been replaced by F Sports, but Templin admits that hasn’t been a great success either.
“We have not done a real good job of communicating the whole F portfolio. Some people even close to us didn’t understand it. You had the F Sport accessories for the young guy who buys an IS used someplace – he wants to have an IS F one day – and he can make his car cool.
“Then you get to the next level where you have F Sport cars which we build, which don’t have all the performance attributes of a real F car but gets you closer. And then there’s the real F car on top of that and I would love for us to have that across the line... we aspire to be more like that.”
Putting the unique limited edition LFA Supercar aside, there has only been one F ‘halo’ model developed and that’s the V8-powered second generation IS launched in 2007. But along with the RC F a GS F is expected soon.
“F is an important part of our forward strategy,” Templin added. “At each step I want to have halo cars that make the brand, make people passionate about Lexus.”
…there was a Canadian trademark application that was previously filed November 3, 2010, by Weir-Jones Engineering Consultants Ltd. of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, for the mark “RC F” which covers products like “Automotive lubricants for terrestrial and marine vehicles; automobile parts; automotive parts for terrestrial and marine vehicles”.
In general, due to the overlap with Lexus’ “automobile parts”, Weir-Jones would be entitled to the trademark registration once they start to use the trademark on such products in Canada. Furthermore adding the word LEXUS before the RC F mark would not necessarily avoid the problem of not being entitled to trademark registration.
On September 24, 2013, Toyota Motor Corporation filed an application for the trademark “RC 500 F” under Application No. 1644774. This mark will more likely make it to registration.