The Lexus LF-C2 concept unveiled

Topless coupe

Spindle grille

L-Finesse design

Show car paint

Open-air cabin

Seating for two plus two

Speedster rear deck

Familiar interior

Horizontal dashboard

Remote Touch trackpad

Enform infotainment

RC-F sport seats

Production ready?

Color-matched wheels

LED accents

The Lexus LF-C2 concept

Inevitable replacement

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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