I’m not one to gawk over concept cars, but the Lexus LF-LC infected me the moment we first saw pics of it from this year’s Detroit show. After bagging the top design concept at NAIAS, the sexy Lexy put on an elegant blue dress for the Australian International Motor Show in October, posing memorably with the iconic Sydney Opera House in the background.

Never thought I’d ever see it in the metal, so yours truly was surprised that Lexus brought the original red one to the Thai Motor Expo, a show more known for year-end sales than concept cars.

In its most present form, the LF-LC is a mix of advanced materials and tech, including carbon fibre and the next-generation of Lexus’ hybrid powertrain. New to LF-LC and derived from the LFA supercar, LF-LC leverages Lexus’ experience in marrying CF and aluminium alloy to achieve a light body mass.

The next-gen hybrid system is dubbed Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive. It features an Atkinson cycle combustion engine mated to an “advanced high-energy battery pack” designed to deliver greater power from a smaller battery than those currently used by Lexus. Combined, the LF-LC’s powertrain develops 500 hp.

Click here to see official pics of the car in red, and here to see it in Opal Blue. It would be a crime if Lexus didn’t make this one.