On first glance at this exciting teaser image - we thought for a moment this might be a drop-top LF-A like seen below in the previous Concept Flashback article.
But on further analysis, we have a strong hunch that this is the new Lexus RC in convertible form. Very exciting - stay tuned for the full details.
What do we know so far from transparency analysis? It is definitely an RC. But it is not the RC-F based on the nose, which does not show the larger hood bulge of the RC-F.
The Lexus RC350 Convertible and even an RC-F have been rendered more than a few times around the web looking outstanding -- check out the various photochops below.
Lexus LF-C2 Teaser
Lexus RC350C renderings
Lexus RC-F Cabrio renderings
Renderings Credited to their Respective Watermarks.
Lexus LF-C2 Concept to Make its World Premiere at 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show
November 11, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2014) – On November 19, at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Lexus LF-C2 Concept will make its global debut. This exciting new open-air concept will be revealed at a press conference scheduled for 1:40 p.m. in the brand’s display located in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The concept will also be simultaneously revealed through a 72 hour online social media campaign that can be seen at: http://lexus-int.com/motorshow/72-hour-eclipse-reveal.html
The press conference will also be streamed live at http://new.livestream.com/LexusInternational
Lexus launched in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since that time, Lexus has expanded its line-up to meet the needs of global luxury customers. Lexus is now going beyond its reputation for high quality vehicles with the integration of innovative technology, emotional exterior and interior designs, and engaging driving dynamics and performance. With five models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers six F SPORT models and two F models, including the LFA supercar, for top-of-the-line performance. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 234 dealers who are committed to exemplary customer service.
PART TWO: THE ROADSTER
Why show a nearly-identical roadster version of the LF-A Concept for the 2007 show season?
Mainly, to show the potential of the front-engine supercar design, as well as to prove that the idea was still progressing nicely on the road to production.
In lipstick red, the LF-A Roadster certainly got hearts racing. People we palpably excited for the car at this point -- but would have to wait another two years for the production coupe to drop its silk robes.
How time flies!
Versus the 2010 Lexus LFA production supercar, the 2005 Lexus LF-A Coupe is fairly shocking. Why?
Not just its hyphen versus the hyphen-free production car? Yes, but there is more =]
First of all, the production car is far more attractive.This is a rarity across almost every concept to reality series before, and shows how quickly the Lexus supercar idea was evolving alongside Lexus's overall design aesthetic.
And secondly, that this LFA concept seems so unbelievably early in the car's evolution. Detail elements that are typically finished in most Toyota and Lexus concepts are very raw and design-buck-like here. Example? Almost none of the interior is functional on this concept, but the key waterfall central spine architecture and LED tachometer carried forward to the road car.
Even the exterior form language is very close to the final design of the production model, with a drop-nose look and prominent rear shoulders for the mid-mounted radiators and oil cooler. These became the constant elements of the design as it developed.
The most dramatic change to the design is the nose, which left the bulging central nose cone of the concept in favor of a streamlined look. The headlamps are also dramatically changed, with a triangular shape in place of the LFA concept's wide block of dual-projector beams.
2005 Lexus LF-A Coupe