Making its official debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, the Lexus LF-LC Concept was a definite show-stopper, praised by most spectators for its bold, sleek and athletic styling. As it turns out, all of that praise has grabbed the attention of Lexus‘s head honchos.
Speaking to Autocar UK at Geneva, Lexus Product Planning Chief Karl Schlicht had the following to say:
“A decision has not been taken. But we’re now up to a 50% chance from a 0% one. Every top Toyota Motor Company manager is aware of the great reception it has received and now we’re talking about how we can do it and fit it into the product plan.”
Schlicht also revealed that the probability of a production LF-LC hybrid supercar seeing the light of day would have been zero had the proposal for such a dramatic car been presented to Toyota management. Without them first seeing the concept, they would have dismissed it. Instead, the California-based Calty Design Studio that designed the car was “let loose” and only had one brief — the car had to be a 2+2 coupe.
“The only parameter was size. We wanted the designers to create excitement. We’d never get it built from a product planning point of view on paper, but people have seen the concept and fallen in love with it. Dealers have gone crazy for it as well,” Schlicht told AutoCar.