On the sidelines of a press drive for the 2014 Lexus IS, the company's vice president of marketing in the US told Ward's Auto that the honchos in Japan have approved the Lexus LF-LC concept for production. He wouldn't offer any other details on how the luxury coupe might be transformed into a vehicle for the buying masses, and that has led to a bag full of speculation.

The show car was hybrid-powered and rear-wheel drive, a beautifully executed stab by Toyota designers in Newport Beach at redefining Lexus, but even with the concept, the point was to keep it "within reach for premium buyers." The report says the odds are on limited production and higher pricing than Lexus' "mainstream products," and other sites have speculated on what kind of powertrain it might end up in showrooms with.

GT Channel posits that the LF-LC will be the inspiration for a coupe in the Lexus LS price bracket with a choice of either the 4.2-liter V8 or the hybrid powertrain from the LS 600h, further speculating it will be called LC 550 and cost more than $100,000. It then says that there would be another coupe created beneath that one to replace the SC 430. Lexus Enthusiast, however, calls those "warmed-over rumors" and says that the marque probably won't deviate from its engine-capacity-naming scheme – labeling a car with a 4.2-liter V8 an LC 550. Nor does it think Lexus will use the letters LC after the company has trademarked "RC" in the US and Australia.

Time will sort the rumors from the truth, but we can probably start to admit that we're look forward to it.


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      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks good for a Lexus.
      chanonissan
      • 1 Year Ago
      looking at the wrx concept , they shoud have gotten help from subaru with the design.
      chanonissan
      • 1 Year Ago
      the car front looks ugly, the back is ok.
      resolverobo24
      • 1 Year Ago
      The LF-LC is essentially going to be a GS coupe and be a modern take on what the original SC was like. It will be based on the GS architecture and most likely feature the 350 V6 and the 450h powerplant. It was shown in close to production form at a dealer group meeting on the west coast. It will be well under $100,000, most likely in the $55-75,000 range. Interestingly, Mark Templin wants Lexus to put the spare tire in the back seat in a bag, so that customers can just leave it in their garage.
        James
        • 1 Year Ago
        @resolverobo24
        No it will not, you have the wrong vehicle. That will the Lexus RC, which will sit between the IS and GS sedans. Prototypes for that are already testing in Japan.
          James
          • 1 Year Ago
          @James
          Excuse me, *will be*.
      1STH
      • 1 Year Ago
      another ugly Lexus to laugh at.
      1STH
      • 1 Year Ago
      i'm starting to think HALF the commenters on Lexus posts are actually employed by Lexus. What's up? Is Autoblog in bed with Lexus or on the payroll? I also noticed you changed all the photos shortly after putting up the article originally....did the Lexus offices call you and tell you change them?
        Eta Carinae
        • 1 Year Ago
        @1STH
        ^i am so tired of comments like yours......what brand do you like that isnt getting any love huh ? because that is the only reason why you would say something like this........dont be mad that lexus, cadillac, etc. for making cars design that spark people's interest...
          Eta Carinae
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Eta Carinae
          @1STH......lol you are truly a hater ! i am not even a lexus fan, but the LF-LC has to be the most striking concept car i have ever seen, and now having the green light for production....alot of people share my happiness......and you know what ? I think a little "over design" is what this market needs....we are tired of the tried and true designs of the germans....its boring, uninspiring, and not worth my time to take a second glance at....
          1STH
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Eta Carinae
          LOL. Lexus and Cadillac......sparking people's interests.....even if they're on the payroll, right? Their cars are hideous....both of them. Terribly executed, overdesigned nonsense!
        Renaurd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @1STH
        You would be right, during the Toyota run-a-way auto turbulence, Toyota employees went from board to board praising Toyota while accusing owners of not knowing how to drive. They also attacked anyone making a comment that was not positive Toyota. Toyota people can be fierce defenders of their cars, that's also the reason they register so high with JD Powers, Consumer Reports etc. Toyota and Honda owners are much more likely to fill out and return quality questionnaires involving their cars than other makers.........
      Mobis21
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really wanted to like this concept car but alas it's only a concept. Maybe the car won't be ugly.
      joejoe509
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmm. I was kinda hoping that concept would translate into a Toyota Supra. Maybe it still will? What they're talking about above sounds more like a baby LFA which is exactly what Lexus needs. I'd still like to see a similarly styled (maybe tone down the bling) Supra replacement that sells around $40-60K - like a big brother to the Scion FR-S/GT-86. What's next? Perhaps an MR-2 replacement?
      J
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh Lexus, why do you make cars with such ugly front fascias now?
        VDuB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @J
        It\'s called style. Go back to your ugly Vette.
      Scr
      • 1 Year Ago
      god damn, that front end is hideous.
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is one large vacuum cleaner up front!
      Malhaar
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank you Automotive gods for making this happen.
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