How the Lexus LF-LC Works

The Lexus LF-LC Concept. See more pictures of concept cars.
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Lexus, the high-end division of Japanese automaker Toyota, goes by the tagline, "Engineering Perfection."

Whether or not you think the outrageously contoured LF-LC Concept by Lexus actually captures perfection, it certainly arrests the eyes. It also represents another entrant in a growing list of upper-price range, environmentally minded exotics. That's right, it's a hybrid.

The Lexus LF-LC Concept "officially" debuted Jan. 9, 2012, with the opening of the North American International Auto Show, better known as the Detroit Auto Show. While Lexus hadn't announced at the debut any specific plans on whether it would make a production version of the LF-LC, it's already clear that the vehicle has been and will continue to shape the looks and technologies of Lexus models to come.

It all began when the honchos at the Lexus Center in Japan ordered the division's Calty design center in Newport Beach, Calif., to design from scratch a futuristic hybrid sport coupe. And, the mandate went, were it to be mass produced some day, it should be within reach of the merely well-to-do and not limited to just the filthy rich (unlike the $375,000 Lexus LFA supercar). As one Lexus official put it in an online video about the LF-LC, even if you could afford the LFA, the chances of getting your hands on one are slim because of its limited production.

In this article, we'll spill what's known about the hot new hybrid, the LF-LC, so far.

We'll start with the most obvious element of the LF-LC, its jaw-dropping exterior design. Floor it to the next page to learn more.