Thanks to our friends over at Road & Track jumping the embargo gun, we received our first sneak peak of the Lexus LF-LC Concept. Now the rest of the story has been published, with R&T taking a thorough look at how Toyota's California-based Calty Design Research facility came up with the look of the racy hybrid 2+2 coupe.

"Only a few written attributes were given as criteria: avant-garde beauty, originality, driving joy and unequaled technology," according to the story, which says Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda himself weighed in with a mandate that the car "have the 'wow' factor."

Lexus has been working on the LF-LC Concept for a year and a half, so the concept is no mere auto show roller. That kind of attention-to-detail shows in the new photos, especially inside the car. A finely detailed interior with wave designs stitched into the leather door panels is a nice touch that reinforces the car's exterior design language, which R&T says Lexus is calling "tumbling ribbon." The car also has a multi-layered instrument panel that looks like it could have been inspired by any number of sci-fi video games.

One thing missing from the article is any further information about the hybrid drivetrain system in the car. Curiously, while the press release on Toyota's Japanese website announcing that it would be unveiling the car mentions "Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive," that line was omitted from the release on the American site. Apparently we'll have to wait until the car's official reveal at the Detroit Auto Show on January 9 to find out what (if anything) is under the hood of the LF-LC.

There's plenty more to take in, including two new beauty shots from Autocar, so be sure to check out all the photos in the gallery.

UPDATE: Lexus has released two high-res images and we've added them to the gallery above.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      If this turns out to be the next SC, then the Supra variant should just be around the corner. That is if history repeats itself. From a former 2x SC owner and 1x Supra owner, I can't wait.
        • 3 Years Ago
        As a current owner of an SC with a GTE/V160 heart transplant from a MKIV, I couldn't agree with you more!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love the side profile. It's almost Italian (so, color choice probably not a coincidence).
      • 3 Years Ago
      Garish....but in a good way
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gorgeous, Lexus should build it, and they need to keep that profile and that interior for the production version.
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still think the concept looks good, granted I did see a lot of ugly concepts on here lately. The front does look a little radical, but still looks nice. And I don't see why so many bash the grill so much, personally I think it adds a nice touch to Lexus and it gives it some originality vs going to other cars/concept articles and reading bunch of people pointing out that the car has an exact GTR grill. Kind of curious of how much of the front fascia is going to stay on the car, the grill will probably stay but the stuff on the headlights, that's to be determined.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Keep em coming Toyota. They are on a mission it seems. All they need now is a Toyota badged version to fill the Supra gap and maybe a stripped out, cheaper version of the FR-S to (sort of) pick up where the MR2 and Celica left off and they will be catering to pretty much everyone.
      illnever tell
      • 3 Years Ago
      That grille is making my head hurt in a magic eye puzzle kind of way. Its mesmerizing if nothing else.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @illnever tell
        There is definitely something odd with the grill. It actually looks 'photochopped' in every picture!
          • 3 Years Ago
          Um ok. I thought the first comment didn't post, so I posted again. All these comment systems seem to all have annoying bugs.
      • 3 Years Ago
      what's going on? all this positive-ness for a toyota. the execution on this is spot on without a doubt!
      • 3 Years Ago Supra anyone?
      • 3 Years Ago
      some very good lines on it. I'm just not crazy about their new "pinched" grille shape. Google "1961 Plymouth Fury" for the first use of this pinched grille! Lexus could really use a luxury coupe like this, especially if it's hybrid and can be seen as the "green" choice.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Prediction: Supra(ish) spiritual successor for 2014-2015. This will basically be a baby LFA with a high power V6 (maybe V8?) for the base engine and a "detuned" LFA V10 for the highest models. The V10 model will compete with the future Nissan GTR and Porsche 911. Similar to the LFA, it won't be as fast as those cars, but it will compete in the same class. Personal opinion: Tone down that front end a bit (Veloster/One-77 scoops especially). I LOOOOVVEEE that overall silhouette. Boy oh boy those are some sexy proportions and curves.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ok, I can see how folks can love the overall design and yet still despise the grill. I for one love it. This can be Lexus' identifying character - a characteristic unique to Lexus. The knock against Lexus is that their cars although solidly built, do not stand out enough from the crowd and lacks character. This grille would solve that, and I think they can still tone it down a smidge and still give it a distinctive look.
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