Is Lexus Testing An LC F Prototype In California?

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.

  • Honda NSX-R

    That’s probably an F-Sport, not an LC F

  • I love the LC, classic GT and well the fact that Lexus never planned to put them into production at the first place.

  • thunder bolt

    This should have been a Supra as well, just keep the body, engine, trans & drive train, and downgrade or change everything else.

  • SteersUright

    I can’t decide where I stand on the LC. Sometimes I see it drive by in the distance and it looks like a cool spaceship. Other times, especially up close, it looks vastly overdone and too big. And for its huge size and weight, it doesn’t seat 4 very well like an S-class coupe does. I guess its more of a BMW 6 coupe rival, another 2-door I just don’t love. Anyhow, it would be cool to see Lexus gain a real sports car at some point, even a highly lightweighted version of the LC (think 1000lbs lighter).