Lexus quite literally uncovered its latest concept at the 2014 LA Auto Show.
The LF-C2 concept is based on the recently launched RC coupe, but with one major change.
The automaker's trademark spindle grille gets wider every time we see it. How long before that grille envelops the entire vehicle?
I jest, but the automaker has been gradually refining its L-Finesse design language with every release. The LF-C2 is an attractive, aggressive drop top.
The metallic gold paint that coats the LF-C2's creases and curves is a gorgeous, deep tone that catches the light excellently.
If you hadn't noticed, the LF-C2 concept lacks a roof.
Like the RC, upon which the open-air concept is based, the LF-C2 has seating for four passengers.
We're not sure whether a fabric roof or a hard top hides beneath the speedster-style rear deck.
The dashboard has a strong horizontal design that stretches from door to door.
The color-matched center console features a contrasting blue, turned-metal version of the automaker's Remote Touch trackpad and a motorized Drive Mode selector that sinks to flush when the car is parked.
Almost an illustration of how close to production-ready the concept is, Lexus has fit the LF-C2 with the familiar Enform infotainment system.
These seats look concept-car chic, but they're actually the same seats that you'll find in the production RC-F coupe.
The automaker would likely tweak the roof mechanism before the LF-C2 hits the road...that is if the concept hits the road. I'm still waiting on Toyota to deliver a production version of last year's FT-86 Open concept.
The multispoke wheels feature center caps that are color-matched to the convertible's body.
The LF-C2 features front and rear fascias that are much more aggressive than what you'd see on the road. The LED accents below the headlamps are more organically shaped.
If the LF-C2 were to hit the road, it would replace the current Lexus IS C, which is the last remaining member of the second-generation IS family. Would Lexus keep the IS C moniker or dub this new model the RC C?
The Lexus brand has been pushing its lineup aggressively with progressively sportier models. A convertible variant of the RC makes sense and is likely inevitable, but how long will we have to wait? I'm guessing that we'll see a production-ready model sometime in 2015.