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TYT2004040638775_PV.jpg On Thursday, April 8, 2004 at 10:15 a.m Eastern time at a press conference at the New York Auto Show, Lexus unveiled the LF-C Sports Coupe Concept, the third in its series of "LF" (Lexus Future) concept cars.

The LF-C, which Lexus freely admits is a predictor for the second-generation Lexus IS, was styled in Toyota/Lexus' CALTY Design Research facility in Newport Beach, California. The LF-C design team was headed by Project Lead Designer, Alex Shen and Principal Exterior Designer, Gin Kim.<BR CLEAR="LEFT">

The highlight of the Lexus LF-C's creative design is its 4-position retractable hardtop. At the touch of a button, you can choose from:<UL>
<LI>A fully-enclosed <B>Coupe</B>
<LI>A <B>Targa</B> with the roof open over the front half of the cabin, as shown in the picture at right.
<LI>A top-down, windows-up <B>Speedster</B>, as shown in the photo at the upper left of this article.
<LI>A fully open <B>Convertible</B>.</UL>
It's interesting to compare the dimensions of the LF-C to those of the current IS300:<UL>
<LI><B>Wheelbase:</B> 110.0 in. (almost 5" longer than the IS)
<LI><B>Length:</B> 178.7 in. (2.1" longer than the IS sedan / 1.7" longer than the SportCross)
<LI><B>Width:</B> 73.0 in. (5.1" wider than the IS)
<LI><B>Height:</B> 53.5 in. (2" lower than the IS sedan / 3.2" lower than the SportCross)</UL>
The other vital specs of the LF-C, as supplied by Lexus, are:<UL>
<LI><B>Engine:</B> High-Output Double Overhead Cam V8
<LI><B>Transmission:</B> 6-Speed Sequential Automatic Transmission
<LI><B>Layout:</B> Front engine, rear drive
<LI><B>Suspension:</B> 4-wheel independent double-wishbone
<LI><B>Brakes:</B> 4-wheel Brembo cross-drilled vented discs
<LI><B>Tires - Front:</B> 245/35 ZR20 Dunlop Sport 9000
<LI><B>Tires - Rear:</B> 285/30 ZR21 Dunlop Sport 9000
<LI><B>Wheel Size - Front:</B> 20 x 9 in.
<LI><B>Wheel Size - Rear:</B> 21 x 10.5 in.
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