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Lexus To Debut 500-HP Hybrid Coupe Concept At 2012 Australian Motor Show

 
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Teaser for new Lexus hybrid coupe concept

Teaser for new Lexus hybrid coupe concept

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Lexus has confirmed it will unveil a new hybrid coupe concept at the 2012 Australian Motor Show taking place in Sydney this October. Few official details have been released, though Lexus has stated that the new concept is a further development of a concept shown at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, namely, the LF-LC, which numerous sources have tipped for production.

Also worth mentioning is the new concept’s powertrain, which Lexus describes as a hybrid system rated at more than 500 horsepower and driving all four wheels. You may recall that the previous LF-LC concept was also powered by a hybrid system.

This single teaser image reveals what’s certain to be one of the concept’s tail lights, which features a similar design to the units on the LFA supercar as well as the LF-LC concept.

The concept is also described as being a preview of future supercar design at Lexus, with the focus being on advanced materials as well as high-performance hybrid technology.

“The Lexus concept is an absolutely stunning vehicle and is set to be one of the drawcards of the show,” Lexus Australia chief Tony Cramb said in a statement. “The concept will highlight Lexus' design and engineering expertise--marrying design with function to deliver a glimpse into the future of supercars.”

The comments of the Lexus exec suggest the automaker is serious about launching a successor to its LFA at some point. Could the mysterious LFA prototypes we saw at the Nürburgring earlier this year be testing some new technology destined for that future model? Only time will tell. The good news is that we don’t have long to wait until the reveal of the new concept, as the 2012 Australian Motor Show kicks off on October 19.

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