There seems to be a new wave of thinking spreading through Toyota and luxury brand Lexus, which at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, manifested itself in this, the LF-LC Concept.
Starting out as a brief by the Lexus Center in Japan, for the Calty (US) design studio to come up with a futuristic hybrid coupe concept, the LF-LC is without question one of the most stunning pieces of mobile sculpture at this year's Detroit Auto Show.
It's lines combine trapezoidal shapes with organic curves, the front and rear ensembles taking an exaggerated stance on Lexus current' design language. Both are dramatic. At the front, an aluminum surround gives the grille an almost 3-dimensional look, flanked by functional air scoops, while outback, the car's rump resembles a combat jet on take-off, thanks to rear lights with inner illumination that resemble afterburners.
Probably the coolest aspect of all is the glass roof, which features a cantilevered pillar and glass meeting glass, a design aspect you'd more often find on trendy coffee tables, yet it in this application it actually works quite well.
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