There was a wave of EVs that Toyota unleashed on the world today, but if you took a moment to glance over Lexus and their army of future EV offerings, chances are that you might have noticed this sleek-looking hypercar lurking among the more mundane utility-based EVs. While it may look like a pure concept fever dream, Lexus has confirmed that this model will indeed be going into production.
Don’t Let Lame Moniker Fool You, This Coupe’s Got Moves
Like the rest of the EV fleet that Toyota rolled out at its overseas press conference, the Lexus Electrified Sport name will undoubtedly make some eyes roll with how corny it is. But look past the weird vocabulary and you’ll see that this coupe is radically different when compared to current and past Lexus offerings. The boomerang-shaped headlights look futuristic while the long hood, bulging wheel arches, and the lack of a spindle grille signify a significant shift in Lexus’s design direction.
The brand didn’t show the interior of the concept (a recurring theme with the entire crop) but some of the technical specs that the company released are very impressive, at least in theory. For example, the concept can make the sprint to 60 mph in the low two-second range. Assuming that this time holds, this would allow the concept to go toe to toe with potential rivals like the Rimac Nevera, and even wild flavors of the Tesla Model S., Oh and it does all of this while having 435 miles of estimated range.
Lexus even revealed that this concept (and a few other EV models) were designed to support solid-state battery technology but we will have to wait a while to see any of that enter the production sphere which is largely due to both Toyota and Lexus placing priority on hybrid offerings for the immediate future as well as the battery technology itself still going through development.
When Could It Reach Showrooms?
Lexus didn’t go that far into the future but only revealed that the concept has some of the “secret sauce” that made the V10 powered LFA supercar a unique performance entry. While the EV trades in the fuel chugging V10 for an all-electric motor, look for a production version to largely follow the LFA’s lead in some core areas. That includes a low production run to maximize its rarity as well as a price tag to match. While that would ensure low sales, the car would be a potent halo for Lexus dealerships and would help draw customers to other members of Lexus’s EV model lineup.
Carl Malek has been an automotive journalist for over 10 years. First starting out as a freelance photographer before making the transition to writing during college, his work has appeared on numerous automotive forums as well as websites such as Autoshopper.com.
Carl is also a big fan of British vehicles with the bulk of his devotion going to the Morgan Motor Company as well as offerings from Lotus, MG, and Caterham. When he is not writing about automobiles, Carl enjoys spending time with his family and friends in the Metro Detroit area, as well as spending time with his adorable pets.