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Meet the Lexus concept with no roof

Lexus has unveiled a luxury roadster concept at the LA Auto Show known as the LF-C2. No, it’s not a robot from Star Wars.

The LF-C2 is designed to give ‘the best top-down driving experience’, which is possibly why there’s no roof or cabin cover. It measures 4,715mm in length, 1,840mm in width and 1,385mm in height and has a 2+2 seating arrangement so up to four people can get rained on at once.

The exterior design is said to be influenced by ‘the way surface shapes interact with different types of light’. It’s unmistakably Lexus, owing to the huge front grille and a few other styling nods to the RC F two-door coupe and LFA supercar.

A multi-layer paintjob comprised a layer of primer, silver, clear, yellow then a top coat gives the Lexus LF-C2 its unmissable golden yellow colour.

Up front are triangular LED headlights and large vents in the front bumper to help the brakes cool off and keep the front end stable at high speeds. Five-spoke 20-inch alloys fill up the flared wheel arches, while chrome-tipped quad exhaust pipes and a new rear diffuser make the back end suitably aggressive. 

The interior is purposefully simple, which explains why there’s only a basic instrument cluster, centrally-located analogue clock and a Remote Touchpad for controlling a central video monitor. A mixture of white and grey leather surfaces and LED lights below the interior window line create ‘a balanced atmosphere of power and simplicity’.

LF-C2 chief designer Yasuo Kajino said: “We’ve been instinctively drawn to and inspired by those things that capture the beauty of light. When you put something in the right light, people see it in a way they never have before.”

The LF-C2 is probably powered by the 425bhp V8 found in the RC F, but Lexus is yet to comment on performance. So you’ll just have to drool over the pictures instead while we wait to hear if it will ever reach production.

Lexus LF-C2 concept pictures


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