You may have spotted Lexus’ LF-LC in the photo gallery we published from The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at the weekend. Well, Lexus went one step further than its static Concorso display, by actually driving the LF-LC on the roads around Lake Como in Italy.
The LF-LC is currently touring design events across the world, and is due to appear at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later next month.
The hybrid engined 2+2 coupe was designed by Lexus’ Calty studio, at Newport Beach, USA and features the car maker’s latest design language, wrapped up in a sleek driver-focused package that should eventually manifest as a production model.
There are no official details about which hybrid powertrain the car will use, but we do know that the car is front engined, and rear-wheel drive.
The LF-LC incorporates a remote touch-screen device that allows the driver to operate the controls without shifting position or altering line-of-sight – twin 12.3-inch LCD screens provide all the necessary information and navigation details. Touch-screen surfaces on each door operate the windows, mirrors, seat adjustments and personal entertainment settings.
Lexus first displayed the LF-LC at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, where it received the EyesOn Design Award for best concept car. The LF-LC was also elected Best Concept Vehicle by the visitors of the Chicago Motor Show in February, before making its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Its luck ran out at Villa d’Este where it was beaten to the top spot by Alfa Romeo’s 4C, which was awarded the Design Award for Concept Cars & Prototypes.