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Detroit show: Lexus spruiks possible LC sportscar

True Blue: The LF-LC Blue concept was revealed on Australian shores at the final international motor show in 2012.

Lexus likely to reveal its road-going LC sportscar at next week's Detroit motor show

Lexus logo5 Jan 2016

By TUNG NGUYEN

LEXUS is teasing an “unprecedented world premiere” for next week's Detroit motor show, that is strongly rumoured to be a production version of its long-in-development LC sportscar.

Based on the LF-LC concept – which stands for Lexus Future-Luxury Coupe – the striking two-door concept made its debut four years ago during the 2012 Detroit motor show and was confirmed for production in mid-2014.

The teaser image spotlights a patch of bitumen decked by set of swirling tyre tracks, hinting at Lexus' sporting intentions for its Detroit reveal.

Reports indicate the road-going LC will retain the wild styling of its concept cousin, transplanting the long bonnet, swooping roofline, trademark Lexus spindle grille and 2+2 seating arrangement into a production-ready body.

The team behind the design of the LF-LC – California-based Calty Design Research – is also responsible for Toyota's wild FT-1 2014 Detroit show concept, and both feature similar tail-light designs and sculpted rear ends with prominent rear diffusers.

Confirmed to be a luxury grand tourer instead of an outright LFA-replacing supercar, the LC will likely jostle for market position against the likes of BMW's 6 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe and other larger luxury coupes.

No powertrain options have been revealed, but Lexus has previously indicated that V8 power will find its way to the front-engine, rear-drive LC, most likely the 5.0-litre atmo V8 powering the spicy RC F.

The 351kW/530Nm V8 is enough to propel the flagship RC from zero to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds, but once grafted to a bigger and likely heavier LC, expect this sprint time to rise.

Potential for a hybrid variant is also very high, with Lexus having built the LF-LC Blue concept – a hybrid version of its LF-LC – that was revealed during the final Australian International motor show in 2012.

A top-of-the-line LC F version could also be in the works, rumoured to be powered by a new twin-turbo V8 engine, but is likely to be revealed down the line.

Lexus also gave a look at a digital racing version, releasing a LF-LC GT Vision Gran Turismo to the Playstation game, which featured a livery design borrowed from RC F GT3 but no technical specifications.

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