The amazing machine is officially described as "a design exercise to explore the future of Lexus design" but it could preview an upcoming large coupe to take on the Mercedes SL and BMW 6 Series.
Produced by Lexus' design studio Calty, which is based in Newport Beach, California, the 2+2 LF-LC features a dramatic long bonnet with cues from the LF-A supercar mixed with an even more aggressive front end from the LF-Gh concept, which previewed the new GS.
Lexus does have a gap in its model line-up for a sports coupe. The last time the luxury brand offered an upmarket coupe to rival the Mercedes SL was the SC430, which featured a folding metal roof and left the line-up back in 2008. Like the LF-LC, it was designed in California.
Details are scarce at the moment – the main image you see here was leaked from an American magazine – but you can expect a hybrid engine to power the new coupe and although Lexus has more important new models to launch – the BMW 3 Series-sized IS is due for replacement soon – there's a good chance Lexus will put the LF-LC into production.