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Lexus dusts off its LF-LC coupe to make a sporty Vision Gran Turismo concept

The parade of Vision Gran Turismo concepts celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Gran Turismo game franchise continues, and this time it’s Lexus’ turn to unveil a virtual car.

The list of Vision Gran Turismo concepts is a Who’s Who of automakers and includes some dazzling concepts (laser-powered Chevy, anyone?), but the Lexus LF-LC GT stands up to the best of them.

As the name implies, the concept is essentially a racing version of the LF-LC concept that’s been numerous times since 2012, and has been held up as a precursor to a future Lexus super coupe.

To turn the LF-LC into the LF-LC GT, Lexus seems to have taken inspiration from its RC GT500 and RC GT3 racers, both based on the production RC coupe. Like those cars, the concept features aggressive bodywork that seems to melt away from the car onto the pavement.

Lexus didn’t discuss powertrain details, but the original LF-LC concept had a hybrid setup good for more than 500 horsepower. The first version shown at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show had rear-wheel drive, but an update shown later in Sydney had all-wheel drive.

Any production model based on the LF-LC isn’t expected to arrive in showrooms until at least 2017, but you’ll be able to get the LF-LC GT Vision Gran Turismo as free downloadable content in Gran Turismo 6 this spring.