Six months ago, at the Detroit Auto Show, the Lexus LF-LC Concept was just that and only, stricly that: a concept. Three months ago, after praise from the four corners and a design award – and did we mention praise from just about everywhere? – Autocar reported that the concept was given 50-50 odds of production by Karl Schlicht, who was Lexus' head of product planning at the time.

Now, four months after that, Schlicht is the head of product planning for Toyota and Lexus, and a report in Automotive News says the swoopy 2+2 hybrid Lexus coupe is "on track for development" and "almost certainly will come to market." Lexus even sent a block of crystal containing a 3D etching of the LF-LC to dealers, by way of suggesting that if dealers sold 27,500 Lexus GS sedans, they'd get the LF-LC to sell.

This is all still insider trading, so it's certainly possible that an LF-LC production car won't happen. However, Lexus has motive: after 11 years at the top of the U.S. luxury car race, it fell two big notches to number three. It is partly responsible for BMW and Mercedes-Benz raising their games, and Lexus knows it needs more engaging products if it's going to regain the top spot. The kudos that the LF-LC received is just the kind of kindling to help stoke the brand fire again.

Since it's so early in the game, we have no idea how much will make it from the auto show floor to the dealer floor if it happens at all. But it's said the retail version will be slotted against the Porsche 911 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage, a corner of the playground where all kinds of exciting things are possible.


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      taybrego31
      • 2 Years Ago
      If Toyota thinks it can successfully bridge the price gap between the IS-F and the LF-A with this I say give it a shot. I think it will have lots of appeal to the higher end market without getting into super/hypercar territory.
      J D
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is a truly fetching car. I'd love to see it get built.
      RetrogradE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like an expensive, stuffed catfish.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RetrogradE
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          RetrogradE
          • 2 Years Ago
          I know you are but what am I? See, I can use grade school burns, too.
      Connor Murphy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ugh. These dummies that say Lexus fell from #1 because competitors raising their game... Lexus fell from #1 because of a frickin' tsunami that shut them/slowed them down for months.
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Connor Murphy
        rubbish, aside from a couple of cars their lineup is pure Vanilla, this on the other hand is STUNNING...cudios, someone uncuffed the stylists and finally gave them a free reign.
      AP1_S2K
      • 2 Years Ago
      Japanese design truly does suck. It's primarily based up of swoopy organic lines with a ton of angles (Nissan, Lexus, Infiniti) and pinched loaf or big grilles (Lexus, Mitsubishi). Where as I got to love Audi, BMW, and Mercedes for their design sensibilities...even Hyundai and Kia should make that list. Well at least Lexus is doing something.
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AP1_S2K
        naah. Of the three only BMW makes good looking cars. Audis and bland-mobiles inside and out, and Mercedes (except A class perhaps) are downright fugly; and none of the three know how to make luxury cars.
      David J. Bernstein
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ugly car. The design tries to hard to be elegant and cool and I think it just fails at both.
        Connor Murphy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David J. Bernstein
        Considering how many design awards it won, could it be that you just have bad taste?
      Lunch
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pretty ugly car. Convoluted design and way over priced. They made it ugly just to be different.
      Black Dynamite
      • 2 Years Ago
      I Expect to see it at the 2015 Detroit International Auto Show...... MAKE IT SO! BD
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      It'd make a great SC.
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fussy and a bit overly complicated, but somehow it works. It's sexy and dynamic, unlike the ugly hot mess that's the overpriced LF-A
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love this car. I hope they make it just like it is. This is what the LF-A should look like.
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