Following its debut at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, Lexus has unveiled an updated version of its Lexus LF-LC hybrid concept. The biggest change to the design is the new Opal Blue exterior color – according to Lexus, the new shade is inspired by the lustrous color found in semi-precious opal stones in the Australian Outback.

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When we first saw the LF-LC concept, Lexus confirmed that it was powered by a hybrid powertrain, but now Lexus has released more information about what powers the sexy hybrid concept. Named Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive, the system features an Atkinson cycle engine which is mated to an advanced high-energy battery pack that is designed to deliver greater power from a smaller battery than those currently used in Lexus’ range of hybrid vehicles. Combined, the LF-LC Blue concept’s hybrid powertrain packs 500 horsepower, which is more than any other Lexus hybrid. Lexus Australia’s Tony Cramb said that LF-LC Blue is a preview of what the future may hold for sports cars.

“For decades, Lexus has been synonymous with hybrid drivetrains, superior build quality, comfort and reliability,” Cramb said. “With the LF-LC we now reinforce our design and technology credentials. The LF-LC is absolutely stunning. Its good looks mask some very exciting design and engineering innovations that will influence Lexus vehicles in the future. LF-LC is part concept, part reality: the concept hints at what’s to come from Lexus, while the reality has us actively studying how we can engineer and build a vehicle like this in the future.”

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