Lexus LC-F To Take The Fight To Nissan GT-R

The impending Lexus LC F is allegedly on track for the 2019 model year and pinned to rival the likes of the Nissan GT-R Nismo and Mercedes-AMG GT.

Japanese website Best Car Web says that the LC F will look to match the performance of Nissan’s most-potent GT-R variant but also offer the luxury and refinement you’d expect from a car like the BMW M6 and Mercedes-AMG GT. If true, Lexus will have its work cut out in the coming 12 months or so.

In standard guise, the LC 500 is offered with a naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 and a 3.5-liter V6 hybrid but to achieve the company’s horsepower goals, it is thought that the V8 will be supercharged and deliver around 600 hp. That would be more than enough to fight some of the market’s established players but will need to be matched with some weight savings.

As it stands, there’s no word on whether Lexus plans to reduce the weight of the LC but doing so would be a good idea. With the V8, the current sports coupe weighs in at 4,280 lbs (1,941 kg) and it’s a well-known fact that one of the RC F’s greatest downfalls was its excess baggage. If Lexus manages to shed a few hundred pounds off the LC for its F-branded variant, it could be onto a winner.

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  • Edpund Bai

    It’s more likely a 4.4L twin turbo v8

  • just my personal guess, but i think LCF will not even get close to the performance of GTR.

    • nastinupe

      Anything is possible… the question is how much will it cost and will people pay that much for this particular vehicle?

    • domahman

      it doesn’t need to reach that level as long as it’s luxurious and reliable. I will be a buyer is they do some weight reduction but with improved luxury features. I’m not going to race with it 🙂 but wouldn’t mind having fun once in a while.

  • SteersUright

    Why is the LC 500 so heavy?

    • Kagan

      All similar cars are as heavy.

      They get heavy of you want safety comfort and reliability.

      • SteersUright

        Porsche provides all that in the 911 and its a relative lightweight compared to the LC. Same for the AMG GT, etc. Somehow I think that the fact that this chassis was meant to also support something the size of the Lexus LS resulted in engineering limitations when designing the ideal sports car. It’s probably tough as nails though and will last forever which is also hard to argue with. Maybe a factory supercharger to make up for the lack of torque from that otherwise excellent V8?

        • Kagan

          Rick answered.

    • Rick Alexander

      Lexus, is known for it’s tech and solid build quality. The more tech laden a car is, the more weight it will accrue. The LC500 is also more of a GT car, and not an outright sports car. As a result, it’s heavy. IMO Lexus needs to bring the car down to between 3,500 and 3,800 pounds, at about 575 – 600 horsepower, if it really wants to bury the competition.

      • SteersUright

        Well I, for one, hope they listen to you! Lexus needs a proper, lightweight, RWD, preferable mid-engine, sports car and being a Toyota underneath the skin, at or under $90k. Something that kills the NSX, AMG GT, Porsche 911, and proves Lexus and Japanese engineering can match or exceed the highest levels in the industry, better than Honda’s attempt at it. In fact, VW, of all auto makes, produces the Chiron. That takes BALLS. MB will finally soon play in the million dollar car game too. Can you imagine what Toyota could do if you told their engineers to go wild and produce a car for $1mil? Maybe something based on their LMP cars? An interesting thought.

  • fabri99

    They need a drastic weight reduction if they really want to match the GT-R.

    • SteersUright

      You’re damn right.

  • I will be driving an LC500 in October. Can’t wait.

  • Infinite1

    Shed the weight, twin turbo it instead of slapping a supercharger, and it might just be a contender against the GTR and the likes.

    • Kyle Newberry

      Personally I like a Supercharger more. Similar power gains, but much more like an NA engine, may give up some low end torque gains, but you get more fun because you can ring it out. Look at the early reviews of the GRMN Yaris.

      • Infinite1

        Turbos and supercharges have their places in the automotive world. There are pro’s and con’s for both of them. Normally, superchargers don’t have tuning issues and reliability issues but turbo’s are much more efficient and aren’t limited to the size of the pulley. I like them both, don’t get me wrong.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    add a turbo in order to compete with F-Type, AMG GT, 911, and even GT-R

  • seriously

    the GTR weighs almost 4000 pounds……are we really asking why a luxury midsize coupe weighs 200 pounds more than a purpose built performance car???? i guess blogs arent for people that no cars anymore just for idiots that jump on the first title they see and respond as quickly as possible without any background information

  • Bigbusiness23

    Why is lexus just now making something 2 compete with the gtr especially right before nissan is about release a new car in a few years… LEXUS always slightly under powered than there competitors and always jus slightly late to the party but not in the cool way… more like we shouldve jus stayed home way

    • Rick Alexander

      Lexus was never a player in the high end sports car market. The Lexus LFA, was built merely to show what Lexus was capable of. At the moment, technology has allowed for automakers to create cars with big performance, while still delivering decent fuel ratings. As a result, Lexus can now dip into the sports car market with a real contender (IMO). Timing is also good for Toyota/Lexus, as they’re about to relaunch the Supra.

  • Blade t

    Sounds like a very lofty goal to beat the gtr, but I do love the looks and the sound of the Lc….

  • KidRed

    Yawn…

  • Beautiful car already,

    Even better in F guise.

  • Six_Tymes

    no way will it loose enough weight, its great looking but a pig in weight.

  • Dariush

    its a beautiful grand tourer…

  • Skip

    All this for a couple thousand sales? Hardly a halo car and bleeds resources for more meaningful product

  • Randy Terpstra

    The Japanese article indicates that the current generation GS and RC will get a super-charged version of the 5L, while a purpose built, performance orientated twin-turbo 4L V8 is in the plans for the FC. The next generation GS is also planned to have this engine.

    • domahman

      did you meant LCF instead of FC? I hope they lower the stance even more. I might pick one up.

      • Randy Terpstra

        Sorry, my bad. So many combos, lol! Yes, I meant LC-F. FC was used by Lexus to denote the Fuel Cell aspect of their 2012 concept car, the LF-FC.

  • Ellz

    This should be interesting.

  • LWOAP

    Go on a DIET.

  • SteersUright

    The orange car in the rendering does looks mean as hell though. But it also looks like it weighs as much as several elephants.