The Lexus LF-C2 concept unveiled

Lexus quite literally uncovered its latest concept at the 2014 LA Auto Show.

Published:Caption:Photo:Antuan Goodwin/CNET
1
of 18

Topless coupe

The LF-C2 concept is based on the recently launched RC coupe, but with one major change.

Published:Caption:Photo:Antuan Goodwin/CNET
2
of 18

Spindle grille

The automaker's trademark spindle grille gets wider every time we see it. How long before that grille envelops the entire vehicle?

Published:Caption:Photo:Antuan Goodwin/CNET
3
of 18

L-Finesse design

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.

Published:Caption:Photo:Antuan Goodwin/CNET
4
of 18

Show car paint

The metallic gold paint that coats the LF-C2's creases and curves is a gorgeous, deep tone that catches the light excellently.

Published:Caption:Photo:Antuan Goodwin/CNET
5
of 18

Open-air cabin

If you hadn't noticed, the LF-C2 concept lacks a roof.

Published:Caption:Photo:Antuan Goodwin/CNET
6
of 18

Seating for two plus two

Like the RC, upon which the open-air concept is based, the LF-C2 has seating for four passengers.

Published:Caption:Photo:Antuan Goodwin/CNET
7
of 18

Speedster rear deck

We're not sure whether a fabric roof or a hard top hides beneath the speedster-style rear deck.

Published:Caption:Photo:Antuan Goodwin/CNET
8
of 18

Familiar interior

The cabin is a stylized and simplified version of the IS and RC's cockpit.

Published:Caption:Photo:Antuan Goodwin/CNET
9
of 18

Horizontal dashboard

The dashboard has a strong horizontal design that stretches from door to door.

Published:Caption:Photo:Antuan Goodwin/CNET
10
of 18

Remote Touch trackpad

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.

Published:Caption:Photo:Antuan Goodwin/CNET
11
of 18

Enform infotainment

Almost an illustration of how close to production-ready the concept is, Lexus has fit the LF-C2 with the familiar Enform infotainment system.

Published:Caption:Photo:Antuan Goodwin/CNET
12
of 18

RC-F sport seats

These seats look concept-car chic, but they're actually the same seats that you'll find in the production RC-F coupe.

Published:Caption:Photo:Antuan Goodwin/CNET
13
of 18

Production ready?

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.

Published:Caption:Photo:Antuan Goodwin/CNET
14
of 18

Color-matched wheels

The multispoke wheels feature center caps that are color-matched to the convertible's body.

Published:Caption:Photo:Antuan Goodwin/CNET
15
of 18

LED accents

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.

Published:Caption:Photo:Antuan Goodwin/CNET
16
of 18

The Lexus LF-C2 concept

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?

Published:Caption:Photo:Antuan Goodwin/CNET
17
of 18

Inevitable replacement

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.

Published:Caption:Photo:Antuan Goodwin/CNET
18
of 18
Up Next

Mercedes-AMG's street-legal F1 car makes a stunning appearance in LA