It's Official: Lexus Will Build a Production-Spec LF-LC

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Let's hope that striking exterior styling will fully remain in place.

From the moment it was revealed at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show, both the public and media have been pushing for Lexus to green light a production version of its gorgeous LF-LC Concept. Lexus admitted it was happily surprised by all of the positive feedback, so it began to explore the production possibilities. And according to a new report coming from Auto Express, Vice President of Lexus Europe, Alain Uyttenhoven, has confirmed the LF-LC will go into full production. What's more, it'll be a far more accessible model than the limited production LFA.

Its main competitors will be the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and Maserati Gran Turismo. However, Uyttenhoven also confirmed that "it will not be a full carbon car costing £350,000. It will be – in terms of construction – a more normal car, a car that can be manufactured in larger quantities than just a batch of 500. This shows there will be more emotion from the brand." Questions still remain regarding powertrain possibilities and an exact launch date. The concept came with a 500 horsepower hybrid system, but rumors have suggested a conventional twin-turbo V8 is more likely. Uyttenhoven also hinted the final design "might be very close to the concept."

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