Lexus reveals hot 370kW hybrid coupe

Lexus' LF-LC concept takes cues from the LFA supercar and features the next version of the company's hybrid powertrain. Photo / Supplied
Lexus' LF-LC concept takes cues from the LFA supercar and features the next version of the company's hybrid powertrain. Photo / Supplied

Lexus has lifted the covers on the second version of its LF-LC sports coupe concept at the Sydney Motor Show and hinted that it may go into production in some form.

The car, finished in a stunning Opal Blue colour, updates the first concept, revealed at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year.

Lexus is using many of the lessons learnt in its high-tech LFA supercar's construction, particularly merging carbon fibre and alloys to create a strong but extremely light body.

It also features the next-generation of its Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain, imaginatively named Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive, but making up for it with a smaller high-energy battery pack that helps combines with petrol power to make 372kW.

"With the LF-LC we now reinforce our design and technology credentials," said Lexus Australia boss Harry Cramb. "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."

Under the concept's beautiful sculpted glass roof sits an impressive array of tech, including twin 12.3-inch LCD screens for information and navigation, and a touch-screen control board in the centre console.

This controls the audio system, climate controls and navigation, and more complex instructions can be input via a pop-up touch-screen keyboard.

The dash houses layered analogue and LCD gauges, with displays for temperature, fuel and the background for the Eco meter on the bottom layer, a tacho in the middle layer and indicators for the tachometer, speedometer and Eco meter on top.

- nzherald.co.nz

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