Making its global debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Lexus LF-C2 Concept is "an exciting what if" that offers a tantalizing peek at what we can expect from the luxury division in the near future. While speculation continues that it's a thinly disguised precursor to a Convertible version of the Lexus RC Coupe - an argument one can easily make after comparing its virtually identical external dimensions -- Lexus group vice president and general manager, Jeff Bracken, says this 2+2 roadster study represents considerably more. He indicates the LF-C2 Concept reflects "what's in store for our brand's future design direction" - a statement that pertains not only to the firm's commitment to more dynamic visual themes but to delivering exceptional driving experiences.

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Given the dearth of mechanical information presented at the reveal of this one-off proof of that latter contention will have to wait. What we do know for sure is the LF-2C Concept definitely embodies an edgier take on the automaker's current thinking. The car's searing golden-yellow finish is the result of a special multi-layering technique and its unique recasting of the signature spindle grille uses a new braided-mesh insert that like the car's paint, changes character when viewed from different angles and lighting conditions. The LF-2C's bold front fascia also features triangular LED headlamps along with vents for brake cooling and to help manage airflow through the body for enhanced high-speed stability. A steeply raked A-pillar and distinctive 20-inch alloy wheels punctuate the LF-2C's wedge-like profile while subtle side-sill intakes help reduce temps in its rear stoppers. Rounding out the look of this could-be Lexus are prominent L-shaped taillamps set off by bright-finish dual-paired stacked exhaust outlets and a functional diffuser.

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The LF-2C Concept's well-appointed cabin integrates contemporary flair with traditional luxury. White and gray leather, LED accent lights and loads of soft-touch surfaces meld seamlessly with its thick-rimmed multifunction steering wheel and supportive sport seats. The dash design and instrument cluster also match fashion with function and work in concert with a large video screen controlled by a Remote Touchpad located on the car's full-length center console. We'll just have to wait to see how much of the LF-2C's "what if" thinking ultimately makes it into the showroom - and whether this cool concept really does turn out to be a forerunner of a Lexus RC Convertible...

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