From wacky design visions to mind-boggling technologies, concept cars can often seem like far-fetched dreams. Yet there are times when mirages of the future land in the showrooms of today, and we get treated to truly ground breaking new cars. Concept cars lead the way when it comes to environmentally-friendly projects, breathtaking engineering and sheer good looks. Here we take a look at five incredible Lexus concept cars that became reality.
The LF-S was the first of the Lexus Future concept cars. It was revealed at the 2003 Tokyo Motor Show, which had a theme of “The Challenge: Driving Toward a Better Future.” Lexus certainly did this with the futuristic sedan, which included features such as a transparent panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and side-mounted cameras. The car was the first Lexus to conceptually debut hybrid technology, and heavily inspired models such as the GS.
As the luxury division of Japanese giants Toyota, Lexus has always had a reputation for style and comfort. With the 2005 LF-A Concept however, things were taken to the next level, bringing the speed and power of Toyota’s Formula One racing team to the road. The results were spectacular, with the LFA rivalling some of the best supercars on the market. A 4.8-litre V10 engine pumped out over 550 horsepower, giving the LFA stunning performance. The rare car was only built for two years between 2010 and 2012, with just 500 produced in total. Each vehicle carries an individually numbered plaque, with engines bearing their creator’s signature.
Debuted in New York in 2011, the LF-Gh looked to redefine the rules in the luxury sports saloon segment. The hybrid grand tourer aimed to improve things like aerodynamics and engine cooling through design features such as a large front grille. Much of the Gh’s design ended up on the fourth-generation GS, showing how important concept cars can be.
A somewhat more refined successor to the LFA, the Lexus LC 500 is a classic sports car blended with futuristic design. Its striking appearance is aggressive and modern, from the huge front grille to a pinched waistline and plunging rear. It’s all pretty mean under the bonnet too, with the power delivered by a punchy V8 engine. If you’re looking to be more environmentally-friendly with your motoring, there’s a hybrid version that you can go for too. Introduced as the LF-LC Concept at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, it’s a beautiful car that offers beastly performance.
With a moniker that stands for Lexus Future Nimble Crossover, the LF-NX was brought to the world at the 2013 International Motor Show in Frankfurt. Its ruggedly sharp lines, dynamic stance and huge flared wheel arches promised a muscular end product. The NX was released the following year with all its athletic design features, as well as with the option of a hybrid engine.
There are currently loads more great Lexus concepts in the pipeline, including the convertible LF-C2, the ultra-compact LF-SA and the futuristic LF-FC. With lots of clever technology and design features to look forward to, the future promises to be exciting.