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by Tony West
The Lexus LF-LC Concept soared into the Paris Auto Show then rocked both the Detroit and Chicago Auto Shows. A lot of people, including myself, nearly lost hope that Lexus would create a practical affordable LFA. The LF-LC Concept is a step in that direction. The LFA is a premium lightning fast sports car. Its little brother, the mid size rear-wheel-drive hybrid LF-LC has sex appeal, speed and fuel efficiency. A full hybrid compact LF-CC raises the bar of the high performance hybrid sports car.
The look of the Lexus LF-LC Concept uses the familiar swag of Lexus’ spindle grille and L-Shaped LED bonnet lip design. But the LF-LC has a more striking design with sharp lines at the hood and the rear and a curvaceous stout body. A lot of the design elements aid in the flow of air and enhance fuel efficiency and traction. And the combination of carbon fiber and aluminum make the LF-LC lightweight and agile.
The LF-LC uses a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor. A high performance battery generates and redistributes power to the electric motor. The 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle D-45 direct injection engine delivers 500 horsepower (372 kW).
The LF-LC’s exterior and the interior design epitomizes the successful new Lexus swag. The glass roof with high arched console gives the feeling of being in the cockpit of a spaceship.
The interior is fitted in a soft amber leather trim with wood accents. And the dashboard is divided into a “display zone” and lower “operational zone” with twin 12.3 inch LCD screens allowing for touch screen or remote access and easy shift lever access. All of the essential controls are at arm’s length in functional and intuitive controls. The center console remotely controls navigation, entertainment, and navigation, while the essential hybrid and driving info and controls sits in the operation zone directly in front of the driver with a pop-up keyboard. This is all part of the technology Lexus calls HMI (Human Machine Interface) that aims to fully integrate useful technology to the driver, the vehicle, and the latest in mobile technology.