Lexus is letting it all hang out at the LA Auto Show with a new GT concept. In simple terms, the LF-C2 has a stylish and sporty-looking design. More notably, it has no top of which to speak and is said to be an indication of the carmaker's "future, bolder styling direction."
"The LF-C2 concept shows what’s in store for our brand’s future design direction," says Lexus group vice president and general manager Jeff Bracken. "This concept shows consumers around the world Lexus’ devotion to emotional designs as well as our passion for an exceptional driving experience."
Despite the au naturel approach of the LF-C2, it's fair to say that Lexus won't be rolling out topless cars as a matter of course. The open-air design is part of a more general theme that is being showcased. The overall look is a more raw, hungry and aggressive one than has been previously associated with the firm.
The LF-C2 has a chunky, angled design that sits on five-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels. What Lexus calls an "arrow-shaped body," triangular LED headlights, L-shaped taillight bulbs and slanted exhaust outlets all contribute to the angular styling, which gives the car a sense of speed. At the front, a voracious grille is flanked by deep air inlets.
Inside, the rear deck of the car swoops down through the center and continues all the way to the dashboard. A central video monitor is mounted on the dashboard above a central panel, with the car's gear-stick and control for the screen mounted on the panel itself. A monitor for navigation, an analog-style clock and digital instruments complete the blue-bathed dashboard.
The LF-C2's interior is completed with white and grey leather seats that are set into the spaces either side of the central panel. LED lights, meanwhile, run below the windows. Lexus refers to the car's design as having a "sporty elegance," which is certainly a reasonable description.
The LF-C2 is currently on display at the LA Auto Show.