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The Lexus LF-C2 Concept: Full Details & Information

Lexus LF-C2 Hero

The Lexus LF-C2 concept has been revealed at the LA Auto Show, and there’s plenty of new photos and details to get through — let’s start first with the official press release.


Lexus LF-C2 Hero

Beautiful sunshine, warm weather, and winding roads are the perfect complements to the Lexus LF-C2 concept that made its global debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show today. The LF-C2 concept is a design study in the form of a 2+2 roadster and explores key styling themes involved in the Lexus brand’s future, bolder styling direction.

The LF-C2 is also a luxury Grand Touring concept inspired by the brand’s passion for driving.

“The LF-C2 concept shows what’s in store for our brand’s future design direction,” said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “This concept shows consumers around the world Lexus’ devotion to emotional designs as well as our passion for an exceptional driving experience.”

The LF-C2 concept involves a highly styled 2+2 layout, and is derived from a pure and simple sports coupe idea. Its open-air design allows the driver and passengers to feel the wind through their hair, while enjoying the car’s performance characteristics on their favorite twisty road. As a roadster concept, the LF-C2 concept does not have any kind of top covering the cabin. 

Lexus LF-C2 Top

The exterior styling of the LF-C2 was influenced by the way various surface shapes interact with different types of light. Designers created edges, planes and curvature that would allow the LF-C2 to exude a different character when seen from different angles and under different lighting conditions.

This objective when combined with Lexus’ layered paint process results in a striking and progressive interpretation of an open top luxury GT.

The brilliant, golden yellow is produced by a multi-layer paint process. The first coat is a primer, followed by silver, a clear coat, then the yellow that reflects off the silver to give the brilliant luster. A final top coat is then applied.

Lexus LF-C2 Concept

“We’ve been instinctively drawn to and inspired by those things that capture the beauty of light,” said Yasuo Kajino, chief designer LF-C2, Lexus Design Division. “When you put something in the right light, people see it in a way they never have before.”

Lexus LF-C2 Front

The front fascia of the LF-C2 is highlighted by a more experimental expression of Lexus’ signature spindle-shaped grille. The concept’s grille features a refined braided mesh theme that exemplifies Lexus’ high level of craftsmanship and changes its appearance when viewed from different angles and lighting conditions.

It sits between triangle-shaped LED headlights, a signature element of Lexus sports cars, and stylish indicator lamps that initiate the character line of the LF-C2. The character line sweeps through the car’s arrow-shaped body and ends at the abbreviated rear deck. Vents in the front bumper send cool air to the brakes as well as help manage airflow through the body to help keep the front end stable at high speed.

Lexus LF-C2 Side

The LF-C2’s profile shows a swooping line from the car’s front bumper fin to the steeply-angled A-pillar. Small vents in the side sills direct air to the rear brakes and out the fin-like rear diffusers.

Lexus LF-C2 Wheel

The rear end of the LF-C2 is highlighted by Lexus L-shaped taillight bulbs, an exhaust system with chrome-covered quad exhaust tips, and an expressive new rear diffuser design. The concept’s impactful stance is planted by five-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels.   

Lexus LF-C2 Interior

Step inside, and the LF-C2 treats its occupants to a luxurious and spacious cabin that flawlessly matches the sporty elegance of the exterior. The exterior extends into the cabin as the center console originates from the rear deck and runs down the length of the cabin all the way to the dashboard.

The dashboard design is presents functional simplicity with an attractive-yet-straightforward instrument cluster, a central video monitor controlled by a Remote Touchpad on the center console and a classically-styled analog clock placed between the central air vents. The thick leather-wrapped steering wheel implies that this is a driver’s car, as do the form-fitting seats.

Lexus LF-C2 Interior

The LF-C2’s interior designers opted to instill a balanced atmosphere of power and simplicity that harmonizes with our primary senses. White-and-gray leather surfaces are soft to the touch while LED lights that run along the length of the interior below the windows. The inviting cabin of the LF-C2 blends the open-air excitement that results from an eye-catching roadster blended with a heavy dose of Lexus luxury.

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LF-C2 Specifications

  • Length: 4,715 mm/185.6 inches
  • Width: 1,840 mm/72.4 inches
  • Height: 1,385 mm/54.5 inches
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    Levi
  • November 19, 2014
Obviously, the production model will be just like the RC minus the roof. I wonder however was does this concept indicate with regards to future models? Grill, interior screens, lights,...? Disappointing however not to see a larger navi display, when all the rest was changed for huge displays.
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    Robert Abruzzese
  • November 19, 2014
I love it when new concepts come out or anything from Lexus for that matter, but Lexus should have done something a little bit more special then taking an RC and chopping off the roof to celebrate the brand's 25th year on the market, maybe a possible LFA successor or a concept for the 2017 LS to celebrate the vehicle that started it all. The LF-C2 is cool... but to me it's kind of a let down, this is a big deal for Lexus on hitting 25 years
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      Levi
    • November 20, 2014
    Maybe something "worthy" for December in Japan?
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      Robert Abruzzese
    • November 21, 2014
    I just wish they did something that didn't relate to anything in the product line like a huge redesign and something that really celebrated the brand
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  • November 19, 2014
A pure F model & not the silly F Sport would have been a great 25th year HBD. Maybe, intro the LF-C2, then be like "Oh, btw we also have an IS F coming real soon. We also are now offering a manual option on IS F and future F models". #ThankYouJaguar
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      Thomas
    • November 20, 2014
    Manual transmissions are over and done With. You americans just discoverde manuals, as they are on the way out. Go figure.
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    • C
    • November 20, 2014
    Stop being a pussy. Go away and drive your Tesla w no gears to even worry about.
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      Thomas
    • November 20, 2014
    You will and would not here the Words "can you drive a stick" ever come out of a Europeans mouth, but those Words have often been heard from americans.
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    • November 20, 2014
    Calling you out. Bollocks. I have peeps in several Europeans countries and they contradict your BS. Been all over that continent and tons n tons of peeps love driving manual. BS!
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    Black Dynamite
  • November 24, 2014
Strange move in dropping it. A mistake by Lexus, given they built the RC to accomodate convertible duty in the first place. It looks good, and actually is a more cohesive style than the coupe itself. It would do well in sales, for a convertible anyway. You knew convertibles were low-volume going in, so why bother? Would also attract a younger buyer than the SUV, which they were going to build anyway. It's not like they only have enough money to make one or the other. BD

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