Lexus LF-LC Blue Concept gets new color, next-generation Hybrid Drive system making 500-hp

The Lexus LF-LC Concept that made its debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show earlier this year was probably one of the best concepts to debut this year. At the 2012 Australian International Motor Show, Lexus is now unveiling a second version of LF-LC Concept.

This time around the concept is known as the Lexus LF-LC Blue Concept – it gets a new unique exterior paint color called Opal Blue (inspired by a naturally occurring semi-precious opal stone of outback Australia), debuts next generation Lexus Hybrid Drive with high energy battery pack and leverages Project LFA with use of carbon fiber.

Power comes from an Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive, which features an Atkinson cycle combustion engine which is mated to a high-energy battery pack. Combined, the LF-LC Blue Concept’s gasoline/electric hybrid powertrain develops 500-hp – the most of any Lexus hybrid.

Will it be produced? Well, Lexus Australia’s Tony Cramb said that LF-LC Blue is a demonstration of what the future may hold for sports cars.

“For decades, Lexus has been synonymous with hybrid drivetrains, superior build quality, comfort and reliability,” Cramb said. “With the LF-LC we now reinforce our design and technology credentials. The LF-LC is absolutely stunning. Its good looks mask some very exciting design and engineering innovations that will influence Lexus vehicles in the future. “LF-LC is part concept, part reality: the concept hints at what’s to come from Lexus, while the reality has us actively studying how we can engineer and build a vehicle like this in the future.”

LF-LC BLUE SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVETRAIN

Drivetrain Next-generation Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive
Engine Atkinson Cycle Combustion Engine
Battery Next-generation High Output Battery
Power 372kW (500hp) Combined system output

DIMENSIONS

Length 4630mm (182.3 inches)
Width 1950mm (76.8 inches)
Height 1270mm (50.0 inches)
Wheel base 2800 mm (110.0 inches)

WHEELS

Wheels 265/35 R21

CONSTRUCTION

Construction Carbon Fibre/Aluminium

– By: Omar Rana


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