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Lexus LF-LC Coupe Coming?

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The wild Lexus LF-LC coupe concept that wowed visitors at the Detroit auto show is on track for development, signaling a new direction for a brand that has fallen from first to third in the U.S. luxury sales rankings.

Toyota is on a mission to make Lexus sportier and more compelling to potential buyers–and it starts with the LF-LC, which was designed at Toyota’s Calty studio in Newport Beach, Calif.

Company executives said in January that the flashy 2+2 sports coupe was not planned for production. But several Lexus insiders now say the overwhelming reaction means it almost certainly will come to market.

Lexus dealers recently were sent crystal sculptures with a 3-D laser rendering of the LF-LC etched inside the crystal. Inscribed on the crystal were the words, “2012 GS Challenge … 27,500 Sales.” The underlying message: Hit the sales target for the mid-sized sedan and get the cool coupe.

But the Lexus source said the LF-LC probably would be produced even if dealers don’t hit the GS sales target.

Lexus’ 11-year reign as the best-selling luxury brand in the United States ended last year as it slipped behind BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Lexus continued to trail BMW and Mercedes in the first half of this year.

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Lexus LF-LC Photos

Fresh photos of the stunning Lexus LF-LC  sports car were released on Wednesday ahead of the live debut next week at  the Detroit auto show.

Clad in a blazing shade of blood red, the LF-LC suggests a future sports car  for the luxury brand.  The concept has a 2+2 configuration and a hybrid powertrain. It was designed at  the company’s Calty studio in Newport Beach, Calif.

The shots show an angled, angry grille evidenced on the LF-GH concept at the  2011 New York auto show, which closely previewed the 2013 GS sedan.

The LF-LC concept also has blinged-out wheels, futuristic three-bulb  headlights and curvy fenders. More details will be revealed on Monday.

The Detroit auto show promises to be a sports-car shootout, as Acura has  confirmed that the NSX will bow there and Chevrolet is bringing two athletic  design concepts.

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Lexus sport-coupe concept slips out

Lexus had given us the heads-up that it was bringing a sports-coupe concept to the Detroit auto show. A teaser photo was released, but a full reveal was supposed to wait until the show in January.

That plan is toast, courtesy of the Internet. Road & Track magazine touted its next issue with a video on YouTube–since pulled–that revealed the Lexus LF-LC. Another photo of the car has shown up on the Web site of the U.K.’s Car magazine.

The LF-LC is another salvo in Lexus’s bid to boost the excitement level of its styling. The grille builds upon the nose that debuted on the LF-Gh concept that previewed the redesigned Lexus GS sedan. And the coupe styling makes us believe that Lexus is thinking that it might be possible to release a successor to the now-departed SC coupe, which was based on the platform used for the LS sedan.