Lexus LC F Is Happening, Here Are The First Photos Of New Performance Flagship (Updated)

Rumors about a Lexus LC F have been floating around for months, but spy photographers have finally caught the model undergoing testing.

Snapped in Germany, the high-performance coupe has a modified front bumper with huge air intakes. The bumper doesn’t appear to be production ready, but the car also has extended front wheel arches which suggest the model may have a slightly wider track.

The rest of the styling largely carries over, but the LC F has lightweight wheels that are backed up by a high-performance braking system. We can also see a stacked four tailpipe exhaust system which echoes other F models such as the RC F and GS F.

Lexus has been tight-lipped about the highly-anticipated model, but it appears the company is already gearing up for the car’s marketing campaign. As you can see in several photos, the LC F was being lead by a camera crew in a Mercedes C-Class Convertible and we’ll presumably see the footage in a video documenting the car’s development.

Of course, the biggest question is what’s under the hood. There have been countless rumors on the subject and they have included everything from a naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 to a supercharged version of the engine. Other rumors have indicated a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with 600 hp (447 kW / 608 PS) and 470 lb-ft (636 Nm) of torque. These should be taken with a grain of salt, as should rumors suggesting the car will use a hybrid powertrain.

While it’s too early to know what will power the LC F, the LC 500 has a 5.0-liter V8 with 471 hp (351 kW / 477 PS) and 398 lb-ft (540 Nm) of torque. This enables the car to run from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.4 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h).

To appease hybrid fans, Lexus also offers an LC 500h with a 3.5-liter V6 and two electric motors. The model has a combined maximum output of 354 hp (264 kW / 359 PS) and this allows for a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time of 4.7 seconds. That’s not much slower than the LC 500, but the hybrid is limited to 155 mph (250 km/h).

Note: Article updated with new spy photos

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Picture credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien and CarPix for Carscoops

  • Dude

    YES. I can’t wait to hear the sounds it makes. Please give it a resonator like the LFA. Really, Lexus why won’t you try more? Whenever they put actually effort in cool things come out.

  • Mr. EP9

    Will it lose some weight?

    • Honda NSX-R

      Maybe a little bit, little bit as in like 100 lbs max reduction 😛

      • botornot387

        100 pounds is probably a bit high too, considering if its a forced induction engine, you are probably gaining some weight to offset what changes to save.

        • Honda NSX-R

          True

    • Christian

      something wrong being a bit curvy? …

  • Merc1

    It’s about time and bring on the convertible version too. Don’t let the car rot like you did the SC430 and the SC400 before that.

    M

  • Honda NSX-R

    OH SHIT IT’S HAPPENING!

  • ErnieB

    Hated this car until I saw it in person.. just imagine the F being F-Ing amazing!

  • botornot387

    this is by far the best interpretation of the Lexus design language. What would be really nice, is just give it a worked over version of the LFA engine. Then production costs are low, you have the most unique engine in this category, and did I see V10 and noise!!

  • An Existing Person

    Oh man my bank account is not going to be pleased once this is released.

  • SteersUright

    LOVE where this is headed!!! However, it simply MUST be equipped with a better non-torque-converter automatic. It needs a Porsche caliber PDK equivalent.

    • Matt

      The new M5 asks why.

  • enthusia

    Finally! i vaguely remember in an interview, one of the designers said that the LC’s platform would allow them to easily design a convertible, so i hope we’ll see that soon too. this car is begging for a convertible variant.

  • asphrp

    i hope it sounds like LF-A especially V8 version

  • Great! This Coupe is my fav’ anyways, now with more ponies? count me in.

  • fabri99

    Just… just get it right, Lexus!

  • Rot

    INSTANT GET

  • Vassilis

    Please be good.

  • Infinite1

    Finally, I thought Lexus was never going to put out the LC F. With that said, this car is beautiful and it’s not the final production model either.

  • botornot387

    Didn’t mean low, just meant they could continue to spread the investment cost, as its not a complete new engine. And also SOUND!!

  • Emoto

    I like the hips, but the rest is so… I don’t know, lacking in grace or elegance or something. For some reason, I have never been able to find a Lexus aesthetically appealing.

  • KSegg

    This should have been the new Supra. But knowing Toyota, it will also sell the new LCF with camo, after going from event to event “revealing it” under camo.

  • ace_9

    You all sound like you are going to buy it immediatelly when the production starts 😀 For me it’s more like: meh… It won’t be the LFA and even though that’s a good thing price-wise, I would still never be able to buy it. So if it is good, then fine. But if not, then whatever… There are plenty of cars to admire anyway.

  • AntBee

    Oooh!! I cannot wait to see one of these in the metal!

  • Merc1

    Almost forgot, but there should be a LS F also. Can’t wait to see that one.

    M

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