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Lexus' New Concept Car Provides Bold Glimpse of the Future

A bold, gold, open-air coupe may not be the ticket to automotive nirvana for every consumer, but Lexus’ LF-C2 concept car certainly turned heads at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show. What’s more, it may provide a glimpse of the luxury automaker’s future.

”It has a lot of the subtle and bold visual cues -- L-shaped taillights, headlights -- that we want to put into a lot of our designs going forward,” Maurice Durand of Lexus said. “And it’s all cued off of that spindle grille.”

Indeed, the spindle grille is the car’s most notable feature, aside from the lack of a roof. But the car is also noticeable for its steeply angled A-pillar, small vents in the side sills, fin-like rear diffusers, chrome-covered exhaust tips, and the coolest chrome wheels of any concept car around.

Inside (we use that term loosely, since there is no roof), the LF-C2 features two large electronic displays. One is an enhanced navigation display and the other offers a better view of vehicle functions. The vehicle also contains a small touchpad interface at the front console. “You run your finger along it like a mouse, and it drives all the options on your screen,” Durand said.

The rear seats are also unique. Fairings run from the trunk deck forward, to a panel that flows between seats and continues forward to the center console.

Lexus says it’s serious about bringing some form of the concept to production, but it’s not saying when that might happen.

Thumbs-up or thumbs-down? Take a look at the slideshow and tell us what you think.

The defining characteristic of Lexus’ LF-C2 concept car is the front fascia, which features a bi-texture grille with a braided L-shaped mesh beneath its vertical slats.
(Source: Lexus)

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