More Details on the Lexus LF-CC Coupe Concept

Lexus LF-CC Motor Trend Article

Motor Trend had an opportunity to talk with the Lexus Design group manager Takeshi Tanabe about the new LF-CC concept that debuted yesterday, and it’s definitely worth reading — here a couple quotes:

Unlike other Lexus hybrids, the body design doesn’t aim to make explicit the hybrid powertrain or fuel-economy potential. “We used to show the cars were hybrid, but now this is more emotional and sporty,” says Lexus Design group manager Takeshi Tanabe. The long nose will also house gasoline engines, which at present consist of a version of the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four (IS 250), 3.5-liter V-6 (IS 350), and the 5.0-liter V-8 in the IS F in the U.S. This would be the first IS hybrid.

Tanabe explains, “In the past, Lexus was about reliability, quality, comfort, and silence. We still have that, but we are adding emotion through the design to attract younger buyers. From now, from the new GS and this CC Concept, we’re adding excitement.”

“Maybe some will like this car; maybe some won’t,” says Tanabe. “I don’t want to say we’ll offend people who don’t like it, but I do want to be distinctive.”

Along with the article are three exclusive images, including this photo of the interior:

Lexus LF-CC Interior

The other two images are preliminary concept sketches:

Lexus LF-CC Concept Front Sketch

Lexus LF-CC Exterior Sketch Rear

There’s such a dramatic progression from last year’s LF-Gh to the LF-CC — the Lexus spindle grille design language is maturing rapidly, and the increased familiarity is bringing something very exciting and distinctive to the brand.

(Be sure to read this Motor Trend article — the LF-CC analysis is very perceptive, and Lexus executives provide plenty of insight.)

Read the full LF-CC article at Motor Trend


  1. Did I read that correctly? This mind blowing beauty will come as a V8-powered ISF? 
  2. Even the "sketches" are bad-ass! BD
  4. I like the LFA inspired gauges. Hope they make it to production
  5. Mmmm, V8! Where do I pre-order???
  6. I want to be the first in line to order an ISF based on the LF-CC design.  I hope dealers learn soon how they can accept pre-orders from those interested.  
  7. If you include the LF-LC concept, you can see how the new IS is heavily based on the LFA! The LF-CC is definitely a huge step and proves that Lexus hasn't run out of ideas with its L-Finesse design philosophy; The LF-Gh, as cool as it was, seemed a little lost.
  8. I dont really like the interior, the steering wheel is especially (check out the new BMW M steering wheel, and bmw m6 interior). The LFA speedometer is great btw.
  9. Steering wheel
    • aha The chunky steering wheel is annoying, but it's a must with today's airbags. Note that the convertible M6 still has the chunky steering wheel.
  10. The Motor Trend article does make a little mistake about the engine. The current IS 250 has a 2.5L V6, not an I4.
  11. I can see lots of bits and pieces from the Lexus CT
  12. Those door panels look really cheap. Like on the new ES. I really like the door panels of the current IS.
  13. I can imagine a new Celica being propagated from this design a few years down the road.  The halo from the LF-CC could be blinding.
  14. someone has an idea of when the ISgenIII wil be available ? They call IS 2014 but do you really think it will be out only in 2014 it seems very long if it gonna be presented in january 2013 at the Detroit Auto show.