Hybrid Lexus sports car nears green light

Last updated 10:33 19/10/2012
The Lexus LF-LC luxury hybrid sports car concept.
The Lexus LF-LC luxury hybrid sports car concept.

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Lexus has unveiled a second iteration of its luxury hybrid sports car concept, and the odds are firming that a production version will follow soon.

Click photo at left for more views of the Lexus LF-LC luxury hybrid sports car concept.

The LF-LC unveiled at today's Sydney Motor Show is an updated version of the concept unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in January, with upgraded engine output, a new colour and a more advanced version of Lexus's hybrid synergy drive system.

The company's Australian chief executive, Tony Cramb, says the new concept "gives an even greater insight into what the future has in store for Lexus, both from a vehicle and technology point of view".

The LF-LC is Lexus's most powerful hybrid to date, with a combined power output of 370kW. The extra power comes courtesy of a new high-output battery pack that is said to be more efficient in its energy use, storage and stowage.

The company has also confirmed that the concept has a carbon fibre and aluminium chassis and body.

Mr Cramb says there is no doubt the company will put its hand up for the car, seen as a spiritual successor to the SC430 coupe.

"This vehicle is more than just a showpiece - it represents the next phase in the development of Lexus," he says.

The company has already had two events with high-value current clients to show off the concept and Mr Cramb says the response has been overwhelming.

"It's had a rock star welcome," he says.

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