Just two days back, we saw the first spy shots of the Lexus LF-LC, but those pictures didn’t reveal the prototype’s front. Here’s the first image of the Lexus LF-LC revealing its front, shot our friend Daniel DeRosa. In his note, he said that the test mule was spotted at Angeles Crest (in California, USA).
Unlike the concept, the test mule doesn’t feature the single frame Spindle grille apparently, but that must be just a measure to not make the car’s identity obvious to prying eyes. The previous spyshots hinted at L-shaped tail lamps, similar to the concept that featured integrated tail- and fog-lamps in the ‘L’ shape.
The Lexus LF-LC concept was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in January 2012. The 2-door coupe concept featured a rear-wheel drive layout and a 2+2 seating layout. The company announced that it was powered by the Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive hybrid powertrain, keeping rest of the specifications a secret.
The follow up debuted as the LF-LC Blue concept at the Australian International Motor Show in October 2012, where it was announced that a 272-kW (500-hp) Lexus Hybrid Drive hybrid powertrain nestled under the hood.
The production version of the concept has been finalised, and it will include a 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine from the RC-F coupe, and also a hybrid powertrain consisting of a V8 engine and an electric motor that together output over 405 kW (543 hp), said a report released earlier this month. According to this report, production is scheduled to commence in November 2016.
Earlier reports suggest that the production version won’t be marketed as a replacement or a spiritual successor to the LFA supercar.
Special thanks to Daniel for sharing the image with us!