Lexus shows LF-LC Blue at Australian auto show

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Lexus Reveals LF-LC Blue at 2012 Australian International Motor Show

KEY POINTS:
• Lexus reveals LF-LC Blue concept
• Concept leverages Project LFA with use of carbon fibre
• Debuts next generation Lexus Hybrid Drive with high energy battery
pack
• New drivetrain develops 372kW
• Unique Opal Blue inspired by precious stone

SYDNEY, Australia, Oct. 18, 2012 – Australia Lexus has revealed the
stunning LF-LC Blue concept at the Australian International Motor Show
in Sydney. Clad in unique Opal Blue, it is the second version of the
LF-LC, first debuted at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year.

The all-new Opal Blue exterior is inspired by the lustrous base colour
found in the naturally occurring semi-precious opal stone of outback
Australia.

Beneath the blue skin LF-LC combines advanced technologies and
materials with organic design, giving an insight into what the future
of sports cars may hold. Central to the concept is a suite of advanced
materials and technologies, including lightweight carbon fibre and the
next generation of Lexus' industry-leading hybrid powertrain.

New to LF-LC and derived from project LFA, LF-LC leverages Lexus'
extensive in-house experience in marrying carbon fibre and aluminium
alloy materials to achieve a light body mass. The result is an
extremely taut body that responds quickly and crisply to driver inputs
– providing the perfect platform for the next-generation Lexus Hybrid
Drive system.

Dubbed Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive, the system features a powerful and
efficient Atkinson cycle combustion engine which is mated to an
advanced high-energy battery pack. The high-energy battery pack is
designed to deliver greater power from a smaller battery than those
currently used in Lexus' range of hybrid vehicles. Combined, the LF-LC
Blue concept's petrol/electric hybrid powertrain develops 372kW
(500hp) – the most of any Lexus hybrid.

Lexus Australia's Tony Cramb said that LF-LC Blue is a demonstration
of what the future may hold for sports cars.

"For decades, Lexus has been synonymous with hybrid drivetrains,
superior build quality, comfort and reliability," Cramb said.
"With the LF-LC we now reinforce our design and technology
credentials. The LF-LC is absolutely stunning. Its good looks mask
some very exciting design and engineering innovations that will
influence Lexus vehicles in the future.

"LF-LC is part concept, part reality: the concept hints at what's
to come from Lexus, while the reality has us actively studying how we
can engineer and build a vehicle like this in the future."

Supporting LF-LC's engineering feats is a stunning, technology-laden
exterior and interior, clad in a new white and brown interior.
Commanding the concept's bold front end are sculpted "L"
shaped daytime running lights, vertical fog lamps and a fading dot
matrix pattern to convey a sense of movement.

Continuing the sense of motion, LF-LC's side profile is commanded by
deeply sculpted air intakes behind the doors. A wrap-around glass roof
provides a panoramic view to the outside world while slicing through
the air.

The concept car's glass roof features a lightweight, cantilevered
pillar with a glass-to-glass junction inspired by modern architecture.
LF-LC's dynamic lines are carried through to the rear deck,
sculpturally integrating the spindle grille theme to complement the
front of the vehicle while creating a unique sense of width. Tail
lamps, inspired by a jet aeroplane afterburner, make use of inner
lighting to create a remarkable sense of depth.

The rear is also fitted with fog lamps, repeating the fading dot
matrix pattern of the front fog lamps. Visually, the integrated tail
and fog lamps repeat the "L" shape and lead the viewer's eye
down to the powerful Lexus quad exhaust.

The interior of the LF-LC concept contrasts the cool ambience of
advanced technology with soft textures and organic shapes to create a
driver-focused synergy of form and function. The cockpit expresses a
feeling of both openness and security. The driver is enveloped by
deeply scooped side panels and a high, curved console. The effect is
to focus the driver zone on the controls and on the road.

Based on Lexus' commitment to creating an intuitive driving
experience, the
LF-LC incorporates a remote touch-screen device that allows the driver
to comfortably operate controls without shifting position or altering
their line of sight.

Twin 12.3-inch LCD screens provide information and navigation display.
Inputs come from a touch-screen control board piercing the swept
centre console. The interface is used to control the audio system,
climate controls and navigation, and features a pop-up touch-screen
keyboard for more complex entries. Set directly in front of the
driver, multi-level meters layer analogue and LCD technologies. The
bottom layer displays temperature, fuel and the background for the Eco
meter. The middle layer is the tachometer mechanical centre ring. The
topmost layer provides indicators for the tachometer, speedometer and
Eco meter.

Surfaces throughout the cabin are presented in a combination of smooth
leather and suede, with brushed metal trim and wood accents. The
lightweight, race-inspired front seats are formed of multiple layers
and repeat the interlacing curves that define the cabin interior. The
racing-style steering wheel is clad in lightweight carbon fibre and
contains integrated controls and start button
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