By on September 27, 2012

Lexus debuted a gorgeous mystery coupe, dubbed the LF-CC, and took all the fun out of it by making it a hybrid. I’ll take an Audi S5, thanks. Does anyone see a hint of Scion FR-S in the rear view of this car?


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33 Comments on “Lexus Debuts Mystery Coupe...”

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    Volt 230

    Yeah, they both have taillights and exhausts tips and a trunk, you people are obsessed with the FR-S, get a shrink in there will ya?

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    Does anyone actually go shopping for a luxury sports coupe and lament the fact that they cant get it in a hybrid?
    Its like Lexus is trying to fail or something. What happened to providing the things that a premium priced sports coupe should actually have? RWD, LSD, good brakes, a well-tuned suspension, and proper cooling so that the car doesnt fall apart after 10 laps at the track.

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    “… and took all the fun out of it by making it a hybrid.”

    Will the hybrid drivetrain give it better performance? If so, nothing wrong with that. Better fuel economy, too? I can live with that.

    Toyota thinks that they can make money and build customer satisfaction with hybrid drivetrains. I don’t have a problem with that, although I admit they might be wrong. Changes are coming to cars and more hybrid drivetrains are likely just one of the changes ahead; there’s no sense getting reflexively worked up over it.

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      Mr. Baruth quite liked (well, for a given value of “quite”) the GS hybrid from a sporting perspective. Mind you, very few people buy them, but that’s the case with the GS as a whole and not the fault of it’s powertrain.

      It’s kind of an automotive article of faith that hybrids are evil, much like CVTs or front-wheel drive. Notwithstanding that the S5 is bit on the nose-heavy, pretentious, execu-sled side of the equation, there’s nothing really wrong with a performance hybrid, especially in this market where we’re all about technology for technology’s sake.

      You may as well throw in manual-diesel-rear-drive-wagon-for-under-$15K and be done with it. With precisely the right amount of luxury amenities (any more and it’s a Nanny-mobile; any less and it’s “Why not buy a used E39 M5”)

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      Biggest problem with Toyota’s current hybrids from a fun-to-drive POV, is their seeming incompatibility with manual trannies.

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    Why don’t they just go ahead and turn the entire front end into a grill and be done with it…oh, wait a minute…they just about did.

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    Looks great from the side and rear, and utterly hideous from the front. And a beltline half a foot too high, thus requiring wagon wheels.

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      You’re mixing up cause and effect. The wheel size is dictated first, and that requirement drives the decision of where to put the beltline.

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        High, prominent wheel arches, dude! Like those old Vettes.

        Large rolling diameter wheels are nice. All cars not designed for maximum cargo space per exterior dimension, should have them. P has finally figured that one out in the latest 911/Cayster.

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    Am I the only one who finds it interesting, and would get this Lexus over an A5 any day?

    Maybe it’s because I’d take a Lexus over an Audi any day in general, and the fact that I’m European, and I’m drowned in these dreadfully boring German machines every day.

    Back to the Lexus, I think it has character, it looks like nothing else. Which is the exact opposite of the/any Audi. The back side, with the wide and straight horizontal lines of the lights and the tall boot lid, looks quite a bit like a car that I liked a lot when it came out, and I still do. That is the European Accord, also known as the Accura TSX in US/CA. Such as

    The front has very good looking headlights, that look to me like a cross between those of the new NSX and those on the Alfa 159/Brera/Spider.

    The grill and bonnet do look weird, and, while I don’t exactly like them myself, I’m not sure that’s bad. There’s clearly at least one part that doesn’t make you think of any other car, and it makes the whole design pretty unforgettable.

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      Freddy M

      I’m sort of with you. Overall I do like the look of the car, it’s very very striking to look at and I love the proportions. The grille is the only downside, but I can easily dismiss that as the Lexus quirk.

      But to choose between this and A5? Sorry, Audi would get my money on that one only for the fact that personally, I desire an Audi but I don’t really care either way for a Lexus.

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    The Lexus GS450h was quite a good performer as I recall. This is apparently based on the IS platform, so it’s likley far more sporting than the SC430 was. And, it’s a coupe!
    I think the design has more ‘flow’ than most new cars and I rather like it. I drove the new GS recently and was very impressed how they upped the ante with that car. Like it nor for the Lexus haters, they are getting their mojo back.

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    Lexus reliability in a great package – I could go for that. Drop the hybrid stuff though. Just give me a V-8 with some punch. Would be the sensible man’s equivalent of an Aston Martin – without the maintenance issues.

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    Rumour has it that this will be the next IS series.
    That about corroborates with other rumours that the new IS will borrow from the FR-S platform.

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    +1 on the S5. In the V8. Drop-Dead-Gorgeous

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    I have a serious question. How many “enthusiast” cars are sold in the US each year? I don’t know and I am curious. If the total is very small, you have the answer as to why there are not more “enthusiast” cars made. The manufacturers are trying for the greatest number of sales every year. If the US government would change the car regulations to match the rest of the world, the manufacturers could bring in low volume sales vehicles that the US does not now get. That should please the enthusiasts and the manufacturers.

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      You’re going to have to further define “enthusiast” cars. Lex LFA, Lambos, Ferraris etc ok rich man rides, but some may classify Corvette, Miata, Rx-8, and Mustang/Camaro as such.

      Personally I classify cars into two broad categories: real cars and imitation ones.

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    Miata, Corvette, Subaru/Toyota twins, high output versions of Mustang and Camaro, WRX and Evo, these are enthusiast cars, as well as various high dollar European cars. Any car that is made for pleasure of driving above utility.

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    I see more than a hint of FR-S here, and not just in the rear view, but in all of the hard points. Look at the sculpted, concave area at the top of the front fenders leading into the front doors. Look at the sweep of the doors’ lower edge. Look at the distance between the front wheels and the front door. Look at the length of the front overhang. Look at the C-pillar and rear window. Look at the bustle of the trunk. I think we’re looking at an FR-S-based Lexus 2+2 with a spiffed-up interior, wider track, bigger wheels, and bigger engine.

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    Mark MacInnis

    Anyone besides me think this would make a drop-dead gorgeous roadster? Or, better, a drop-dead drophead….more poetic.

    An honorable successor to the SC of the early 90’s.

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