Lexus will unveil a new concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 9, 2012. Designed by Calty, the company’s design studio in Newport Beach, Calif., the concept showcases the new design direction embraced by Lexus.
The interior of this Lexus design concept hints at the new contemporary, upscale and uniquely Lexus design direction. Created by Calty, the company’s design studio in Newport Beach, Calif., the concept vehicle will debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit at 1:25 pm Eastern time on January 9, 2012.
Why is it these businesses are taking to the highend market for these cars man this is just a major disappointment. All these companies want to design these supercars that not many people can buy. When they cou1d be designing and se11ing something 1ess extravagant but a nice performance car to the pub1ic.
BLACK SUNSHINE ROAR!!!!!!!
My Zanpakuto's name is Black Sunshine and its in its Shikai form, Bankai is yet to come.
Car manufacturer like Lexus builds supercar for halo car while re-couping some of their money back from R&D by selling such a car (it don't mean they get their money back 100 percent). The R&D can be trickle down into production cars for the masses. FT86 for example, gets some of LF-A's technology.
Likewise car manufacturer such as VW Group who commissions Bugatti to build the Veyron. What they learnt by building Veyron, can be applied for VW, Audi, Skoda, and Lamborghini.
In other words: If they build such an awesome car as an engineering exercise, why not try sell it? If it went well, consumers who buys their production cars will benefit anyway because it then signals management above to sign off the use of the technology they use in their supercar for their production vehicles.
As for Ferrari, well, they're on another league because their R&D for their production cars are from Formula 1.
Taking the new Lexus design direction one step further, the LF-LC 2+2 sport coupe will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit at 1:25 p.m. Eastern time on January 9, 2012.
“Crafted from a clean sheet of paper at the request of Lexus headquarters in Japan, the LF-LC blends both high technology and organic shapes to connect the driver to the machine,” said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “The clean lines of the vehicle emphasize motion, creating a distinctive look for this futuristic sport coupe.”
Conceived as a design exercise to explore the future of Lexus design, the LF-LC was created at the company’s Calty design studio in Newport Beach, Calif.
Since its birth in 1989, Lexus’ focus on the “hard” science of quality and reliability has been impressive. Even though it has some sporty models in its portfolio, the premium Japanese automaker is still mostly known for building luxury cars better known for quality than performance. On top of that, these products fall short in executing a styling language that appeals to the consumer’s passion for automobiles—the “soft” science. Let’s face it, buying a car is a very emotional decision. Ultimately, it is a personal statement expressed on the road. No matter how great a car performs, or how problem free it may be, looks count...a lot.
Lexus realizes the seriousness of its “boring car” reputation and is intent to change the course. On the eve of the 2012 North American International Auto Show, we had an exclusive, behind-the-scenes peek at the new Lexus LF-LC concept car, a core from which all future Lexus models may draw inspiration.
Kevin Hunter, president of Calty Design Research, noted that they were given a clean sheet of paper to design the LFLC. The mission was to come up with a new 2+2 hybrid coupe concept to redefine Lexus’ future design language. Only a few written attributes were given as criteria: avant-garde beauty, originality, driving joy and unequaled technology. No wonder the Calty team, including Ian Cartabiano (see Ampersand for interview) and Edward Lee for exterior, and William Chergosky and Ben Chang for interior, was excited to work on this rare project. In fact, the designers were also told specifically by the president and CEO of Toyota, Akio Toyoda, to make sure the concept must have the “wow” factor.
The work on the LF-LC began in May 2010. As with any car design, the folks at Calty looked for inspiration. And they found it in nature, in the form of a tree leaf for its complex shape but also its flexibility to be sculpted into various flowing forms. The result is the stunning LF-LC concept, a car that captures the simplicity and the smooth-flowing nature of a tree leaf; yet a more thorough look reveals an intricate network of details not unlike what you would discover when you examine that same leaf close up.
The face of LF-LC incorporates elements of the Lexus spindle grille that also appears on the recently introduced GS. Each L-shaped headlight contains three LED projectors that resemble forward-looking camera lenses. The pointed snout set off by large vertical air scoops that flank the grille, plus the ribbon-like fender surfaces bending and folding aft, are some of the elements of the strong front-end treatment. In profile, the LF-LC has a muscular lean-back stance delineated by a simple flowing roofline that’s cantilevered at the A-pillar to give an airy feel to the passenger cabin. Large air scoops are nestled inside the wide rear fenders. And around the back, the Lexus spindle outline is repeated with bold character lines in the fascia, capped with taillights designed with depth to simulate the appearance of a jet engine with its afterburners on. Thin, vertical fog lamps fall from the edge of the taillights and nicely complement the stacked quad exhaust pipes.
Inside the LF-LC, the tumbling ribbon surface theme is seen again on the dash, surrounding the passengers on the door panels and down the center console. The front and the rear seats are highly sculpted and wrapped in rich smooth leather, their inner surfaces accentuated with suede and contrasting stitching. The steering wheel is race-inspired with integrated controls. The multi-layer digital instrument cluster houses an analog-style tachometer as well as transparent OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) displays that show other vital information. Two 12.3-in. LCD screens form the infotainment center, controlled by a touchscreen Techboard on the center console. On the Techboard, every action is duplicated and traced on the LCD screens so you won’t have to look down and be distracted from driving. Behind the Techboard is a leather-skinned gear selector. Overall, the interior’s leaf-like ribbon surfaces not only create an open cabin feel, but also wrap the driver and the passengers snugly in their respective spaces.
Will the LF-LC concept add the necessary “soft” science— the soul—to Lexus’ future car design? Will it help Lexus stay competitive with premium European automakers? Maybe, if it is warmly received at Detroit and the design leads to consistency. Without this, Lexus can spoil its own chances.
Lexus has tried for a more distinctive look in the past— witness the first-generation SC coupe (1990s), the second generation GS sedan (mid-1990s to mid-2000s) and the recent LFA supercar. But when you look at the rest of the brand’s lineup, namely the ES, IS, HS, RX, GX and LS, there are no strong styling statements made.
So the challenge for Lexus is not the lack of exciting new design ideas, but one of absolute commitment to execute the styling language consistently across the entire model line. Building a spectacular one-off LF-LC concept is impressive. But the real measure of success lies in the translation of the LF-LC’s spirit and soul into all future Lexus models.
Official pictures of the new Lexus LF-LC coupe concept revealed ahead of its Detroit show debut
Official pictures of Lexus’s new sports car concept have been revealed. The LF-LC will be unveiled at next week’s 2012 Detroit motor show, and as well as previewing a new styling direction (dubbed L-Finesse) for Toyota’s upmarket brand, it gives us a taster of what a new sub-LFA model could look like. It could even influence a sharply appointed replacement for the firm’s Mercedes SL rival, the notoriously unloved SC430.
A coupe/convertible version of the next LS luxury saloon has been rumoured in the past, and this concept’s nametag suggests it could be the first stepping stone towards a production car. If that is the case, here’s hoping the numerous LFA styling cues remain – the LF-LC is a striking looking thing. The ‘hybrid’ badge on the side means a petrol-electric drivetrain will sit beneath the bodywork of this concept at least, perhaps the Lexus LS600h’s 439bhp 5.0-litre V8/electric setup.
• Design study created at Calty to explore future of Lexus design
• Exterior highlighted by dynamic shapes, intriguing details and expansive use of glass
• Interior features high technology set off by organic shapes and materials
Lexus today unveiled a new design concept for a hybrid 2+2 sport coupe at the North American International Auto Show. Showcasing the future design direction for Lexus with an emphasis on a driver-focused vehicle, the LF-LC concept will be at the Lexus display through January 22.
“The concept we’re showing here in Detroit continues the Lexus design revolution started with the CT and GS,” said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “The concept hybrid 2+2 liberates the idea of a sport coupe and pushes the boundaries of performance, style and technology.”
Challenged by the Lexus Center in Japan to come up with a design for a future hybrid sport coupe concept, the company’s Calty design studio in Newport Beach, Calif., sought to advance the redefinition of Lexus with emotive, avant-garde beauty and advanced technology, yet remain within reach for premium buyers.
“Our entire studio worked to develop this beautiful interpretation of Lexus originality,” said Kevin Hunter, president of Calty. “The LF-LC concept embodies our vision of what a premium sport coupe could be.”
The LF-LC displays the new Lexus design language in its bold interpretation of the signature Lexus spindle grille and rear architecture. Sumptuous curves blend smoothly into dynamic angles, creating an inviting display of lines, shadows and corners.
Framed by a deep aluminum surround, the mesh pattern of the spindle grille takes 3D sculpture form, and functional air intakes in the bottom corners of the grille show the fusion of distinctive style and engineering functionality.
Daytime running lights are shaped like an “L” while the vertical fog lamps utilize a fading dot matrix pattern to suggest a sense of movement.
The profile of the LF-LC creates a powerful, dynamic silhouette that is unmistakably that of a serious driver’s car. The lines of the vehicle emphasize direction and motion.
The concept car’s glass roof features a lightweight, cantilevered pillar with a glass-to-glass juncture inspired by modern architecture. A rising, kick-up window graphic and polished aluminum trim are unexpected elements. Overall, the greenhouse design enhances driver visibility while adding to the sleek lines of the car.
The dynamic cabin lines are carried through to the rear deck, sculpturally integrating the spindle grille theme to echo the front of the vehicle while creating a unique sense of width. The tail lamps, inspired by the look of a jet afterburner at take-off, use inner lighting to create a remarkable sense of depth. The rear is also fitted with fog lamps, repeating the fading dot matrix pattern of the front fog lamps. Visually, the integrated tail and fog lamps repeat the “L” shape and lead the viewer’s eye down to the powerful Lexus quad exhaust.
The interior of the LF-LC concept vehicle contrasts the cool ambience of advanced technology with soft textures and organic shapes to create a driver-focused synergy of form and function. The cockpit expresses a feeling of both openness and security. The driver is enveloped by deeply scooped side panels and a high, curved console. The effect is to focus the driver zone on the controls and on the road.
Based on Lexus’ commitment to creating an intuitive driving experience, the LF-LC incorporates a remote touch-screen device that allows the driver to comfortably operate controls without shifting position or altering line-of-sight.
Twin 12.3-inch LCD screens provide information and navigation display. Inputs come from a touch-screen control board piercing the swept center console. Used to control the audio system, climate controls and navigation, the interface features a pop-up touch-screen keyboard for more complex entries. Similar touch-screen surfaces on each door operate the windows, mirrors, seat adjustments and personal entertainment settings.
Set directly in front of the driver, multi-level meters layer analog and LCD technologies. The bottom layer displays temperature, fuel and the background for the Eco meter. The middle layer is the tachometer mechanical center ring. The topmost layer provides indicators for the tachometer, speedometer and Eco meter.
Surfaces throughout the cabin are presented in a combination of smooth leather and suede, with brushed metal trim and wood accents. The lightweight, race-inspired front seats are formed of multiple layers and repeat the interlacing curves that define the cabin interior. The racing style steering wheel is also a lightweight design and contains integrated controls and start button. Beautiful stitch details emphasize organic movement throughout the interior.
The front-engine, rear-wheel drive LF-LC features Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive, delivering both driving performance and fuel efficiency.
“This thought-provoking design exercise is a stunning expression of creativity,” said Templin. “Combined with a next-generation hybrid powertrain, this concept promises a rewarding driving experience that is also kinder to the environment.”
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The most interesting addition of the newcomers though is of course a production version of the Lexus LF-LC that recently debuted at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Nothing has been officially confirmed just yet, but according the report Lexus executives have mentioned a possible price tag of around US$100,000-$130,000 for the vehicle.
Executives say there is also room for a sporty new coupe, inspired by the concept, to slot underneath the LF-LC as a successor to the Lexus SC 430 which went out of production in 2010.
This could mean the production version of the LF-LC could enter the market above the AU$200,000 mark, while the SC 430 replacement could take on a similar price bracket as the old SC 430, which retailed for AU$165,000.
As for the Australian lineup this year, Lexus will introduce the new Lexus GS range – including the GS 250, GS 350, and GS 450h – during the second quarter of this year. A new CT 200h variant is also on the cards (possibly the same CT 250h/300h mentioned above), and a revised/facelifted RX SUV.
Good news that its being made + another baby coupe. Pricing for australia blows.
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