By Andrew Ganz
Thursday, Oct 18th, 2012 @ 9:01 am
 

At the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, Lexus has taken the wraps off of the second iteration of its LF-LC concept, a dynamic hybrid coupe that hints at the design language Lexus will use for future vehicles.

The initial version of the LF-LC concept study was shown earlier this year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. For its arrival Down Under, the LF-LC now boasts an all-new Opal Blue exterior.

Created by the Lexus' Calty design studio in Newport Beach, California, the LF-LC features a streamlined profile, plenty of curves and a bold interpretation of the company's new signature spindle grille.

An elongated hood, taillights shaped like jet afterburners and prominent side air intakes mark the car as a serious performance machine. An unusual lighting arrangement is highlighted by L-shaped daytime running lamps and vertical fog lamps that employ a fading dot matrix pattern to suggest a sense of movement.

The interior is a flowing mixture of organic shapes and advanced technology trimmed in wood, leather, suede and brushed metal. Two 12.3-inch touch screens control the audio system, climate controls and navigation, while the windows, mirrors, seat adjustments and entertainment settings are all activated by touch controls, too.

Perhaps the most striking aspect of the cabin, however, is the combination multi-level analog and LCD readout that sits in front of the driver, which features a central tachometer in addition in addition to secondary readouts relaying information about fuel level, temperature etc. Lexus hasn't given details concerning what's under the hood, but the automaker did finally reveal in Sydney that a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain puts out a combined 500 horsepower.

Live photos by Chris Doane (Detroit) and Sanjiv Sathiah (Sydney).