Teased last week, the Lexus LF-C2 Concept has been unveiled at the 2014 LA Auto Show. Billed as a 2+2 roadster design study exploring key styling themes for Lexus’ future, bolder styling direction, it’s pretty obvious that the showcar is based on the Lexus RC coupe and previews a convertible version of the BMW 4 Series rival.

“The LF-C2 concept shows what’s in store for our brand’s future design direction. This concept shows consumers around the world Lexus’ devotion to emotional designs as well as our passion for an exceptional driving experience,” said Jeff Bracken, Lexus USA group VP and GM, highlighting the premium brand’s new emotional focus.

Lexus says that its designers created edges, planes and curvature that would allow the LF-C2 to exude a different character when seen from different angles and under different lighting conditions. When combined with Lexus’ layered paint process (primer, followed by silver, a clear coat, yellow that reflects off the silver, and a final top coat) it results in a “striking and progressive interpretation” of an open top luxury GT.

The car’s front fascia is dominated by a more experimental expression of Lexus’ now signature spindle grille. LF-C2’s grille features a “refined braided mesh” theme that changes appearance when viewed from different angles. The two-part grille sits between triangle-shaped LED headlights “ticked” by DRLs also seen on the IS sedan, RC coupe and NX SUV.

A prominent character line sweeps through the car’s arrow-shaped body and ends at its abbreviated rear deck. Vents in the front bumper and side sills send cool air to the brakes as well as help manage airflow through the body. The rear end of the roadster features L-shaped taillight bulbs, quad exhaust tips and a new rear diffuser design. Elaborate 20-inch alloys complete the package.

Inside, the design study showcases a center console that originates from the rear deck, running down the length of the cabin all the way to the dashboard. The dash itself has a straightforward instrument cluster, a central video monitor controlled by Lexus’ Remote Touchpad and an analogue clock. The thick steering and form-fitting seats hint at sportiness.

Like what you see? The Japan-made Lexus RC coupe is now in Malaysia, available from RM526k for the RC 350 Luxury. The 5.0 litre V8 powered RC F can be yours for RM782k.