Could this be the new Lexus LC F prototype?
Spy photos are making the rounds that purport to be the upcoming Lexus LC F, the bigger, badder version of their luxury coupe, the LC. Introduced for the 2018 model year, the LC hasn’t made a huge splash on the international luxury sport coupe scene as it’s still not something people have come to associate with Lexus.
The regular LC comes with a 5.0-L naturally aspirated V8 engine outputting 471 hp. For those with an environmental bent, you can get a 3.5-L V6 hybrid with about 200 fewer horsies, but you’ll have the knowledge that you’ve killed a few less oil trees. But only a few as the LC is, after all, a luxury sports car.
But in the cutthroat market of compact luxury cars, where buyers are increasingly scarce, standing out from the crowd is paramount. Lexus is still mostly a company about luxury sedans over coupes, so sales haven’t exactly been smoking for the little car.
Lexus hopes to change that with the LC F. According to Lexus Enthusiast, an article in Japanese car magazine Holiday Auto quoted a Lexus insider as saying the new LC F will up the power to the tune of a twin-turbo 4.0-L V8 engine with 621 hp. That’s a lot of oomph for a little car. They also plan to lighten the chassis by 7 percent making those extra horsies go even further.
Last December, the Lexus insider said that testing for the car would begin in the fall of 2018, but now there are pictures of what could be the LC F posted on Lexus Enthusiast. The images are a bit grainy, but they show a car that seems large the same as the regular LC but with a bigger rear bumper and some different side paneling. Not a huge difference, but considering the biggest changes are all under the hood, not a big surprise either.
Don’t expect any news on the LC F anytime soon. Lexus has already confirmed the UX crossover for Geneva, and they’re being awfully tight-lipped about any upcoming LC shenanigans.