There have been conflicting reports in regards to a potential high(er)-performance LC F version of Lexus’ latest coupe, but whether these images confirm its development or depict something else, is anyone’s guess right now.
Photographed by a LexusEnthusiast reader, the LC prototype sports modified front and rear bumpers, and different side skirts.
If not the range-topping version of the car, another explanation could be that what we’re looking at is an F Sport variant.
Nevertheless, the rumored Lexus LC F is expected to use a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine under that long hood. The unit should produce about 600 horsepower and 470 pound-feet (637Nm) of torque, which would make it more powerful than the iconic LFA.
The supercar, which was discontinued in 2012, was powered by a 4.8-liter naturally aspirated V10 engine, rated at 552hp and 354lb-ft (480Nm) of torque. The official 0-60mph (0-96km/h) sprint took 3.6 seconds, so the LC F could be even faster.
Another scenario talks about a potential hybrid powertrain being used in the Lexus LC F, which would join the existing 500h version of the car, as the second electrified model. Regardless of its mechanicals, the LC F will be the top-of-the-line variant of the lineup.
The mysterious prototype could turn out to be a different flavor of the car, including the aforementioned F Sport, but whatever the case, it could joined by a convertible version, too by 2020.