Lexus has unveiled the LF-C2 concept at the 2014 LA motor show. A 2+2 roadster design study, the vehicle indicates a future style direction for Lexus and also hints at a possible production RC convertible.
The designers say the exterior styling has been influenced by the way surface shapes interact with different type of light.
“We’ve been instinctively drawn to and inspired by those things that capture the beauty of light. When you put something in the right light, people see it in a way they never have before,” said LF-C2’s chief designer, Yasuo Kajino.
The concept displays an experimental rendering of Lexus’s signature spindle grille design, using a braided mesh effect which changes appearance when viewed from different angles and in different light. It sits between triangular LED headlights – a shared feature of Lexus sports cars – and indicator lights that initiate a character line that sweeps through the body to the car’s abbreviated tail section. Vents in the front bumper direct cooling air to the brakes and help manage airflow to keep the front end stable at high speed.
The profile displays a sweeping line from the front bumper fin to the steeply angled A-pillar. Small vents in the side sills direct air to the rear brakes, exiting through fin-like rear diffusers. The rear end features L-shaped tail lights, chrome-tipped quad exhaust pipes and a pronounced new rear diffuser design. The concept is fitted with five-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels.
The exterior styling extends into the cabin, with the centre console originating from the rear deck in a line that runs the length of the cabin to the dashboard. The dashboard features a straightforward instrument cluster, a central video monitor controlled by a remote touchpad and an analogue clock set between the central air vents. White and grey colours dominate the cabin, while LED lights run the length of the interior below the window line.