Lexus Could Reveal The Long-Awaited LC F Later This Year

The Lexus LC is the Japanese automaker’s best performance car since the iconic LFA, but people want more. More specifically, customers have been calling for an even-faster version and the marque appears to be working on such a model that could premiere before the year is out.

The current LC range consists of the LC 500 and the LC 500h. The former features a 5.0-liter V8 with 471 hp at 7100 rpm and 368 lb-ft (539 Nm) of torque at 4800 rpm. This old-school, 5.0-liter naturally-aspirated V8 is perhaps one of the finest engines on the market but Lexus is working on something even more special.

While recently attending a Lexus drive event in the United States, CarBuzz was told by Lexus International strategic communications senior manager Moe Durand that “something big is coming to LC this year.” Durand failed to provide additional details about what exactly he was talking about.

However, there are one of two conclusions which can be drawn. The first is that Lexus will launch a convertible version of the classy sports car, a vehicle which was previewed earlier this year in concept form.

Another, that a hot LC F is just around the corner. CarBuzz reports that Lexus quickly flashed a photograph of an LC test mule during a presentation for the RC F Track Edition. Apparently, this test mule looked very much like the LC F prototypes spied in the past.

It remains to be seen what powertrain the LC F could feature, but Lexus could go down a variety of different routes. For starters, there is talk about the brand’s 5.0-liter V8 being supercharged to 600 hp. Other reports state that a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 is in the works, while some point towards a powerful hybrid V8. Whatever the case may be, we’re excited.

In a statement issued to Carscoops regarding the LC F, the automaker replied that it doesn’t comment on speculation about future products.

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  • Mr. EP9

    Lose weight dammit.

    • SpongeBob99Swell

      Considering that being the case with the RC F Track Edition, that could may be the case. (especially since the LC rides on a new platform in which case the RC doesn’t)

      Only time will tell.

    • salamOOn

      another “weight BS reply” below lexus article…..

      lexus lc 500 – 1935-1970kg
      bmw m5 – 1930kg
      bmw 8 coupe – 1965kg
      mercedes s560 coupe – 2075kg

      and i cant see any “weight BS reply” below other than lexus articles…

      • eb110americana

        For a car that has substantial quantities of carbon fiber, only two doors, and no AWD, it is remarkable that it weighs 4,280 Lbs. It’s their big luxury GT, but it sounds like they want it to perform on track. My guess is that they will go turbo V8, like all of their competition has done.

        • Mr. EP9

          Twin turbo V8 would make sense.

          • Honda NSX-R

            Especially with emissions

        • Carman

          Obviously it’s heavy. Look at the quality inside. The inside door handle alone blows the BMW 8-series and S550 Coupe in the water! The sound is also magnificent without digital fake sound. I can’t wait for the LC-F!

          • Merc1

            Delusional. Nothing about this Lexus blows the S Coupe out the water. They BOTH have some of the best interiors around. You may have a preference, but there is nothing blowing anything out the water.

            M

  • Seats & a steering wheel

    To me, the best car in the world. Sensational concept car looks, beautiful interior, outstanding quality and refinement and UNMATCHED reliability and dependability for a car of this type..oh and THE NOISE easily puts it into the realm of Maserati GranTurismo..and now an F version? This WILL be epic.

    • Honda NSX-R

      It’s one of the best looking cars of this decade. In a way it has the spirit of the Toyota 2000GT

    • YUDHA BAGASKARA

      so far the only major flaw of this car is the infotainment system

      • Mike anonymous

        The interior (or maybe the vehicle itself) needs an update.. NOT (necessarily) in terms of it’s design, but in terms of the materials used (especially for controlling the infotainment).

        While the vehicle looks about 6-figure price, and drives like a 6-figure vehicle, (if you’ve ever been inside one) you’ll know it just does not ‘feel’ like a 6-figure vehicle. (Close, but not enough to tip you over into making that final decision).

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d1077638f440d69939c96028cc1f0331a0555277539d80670c01761e874cceec.png

        What They Need To Do (in my opinion);
        Head&Tail Lights: Update the headlights (take out the fake carbon and just make it along with the stalk chrome like on the concept) as well as being back the original 3 Circle headlights instead of the 3 aggressive Ls’. This also goes to brining the chrome around the rea lights as well opposed to the black plastic.
        Interior Materials: Update the interior materials and provide and interior that is up to par with that of the DB11 (since that is what Lexus has (in their own claim) put this vehicle up against). (Less plastic and more metal… and if it’s metal make sure it’s the same metal or at least the same color metals between the components). It’s hard to see in the press photographs, but if you’ve ever been in one you’ll know exactly what I mean.
        Infotainment: Update the infotainment and dash with something more similar to the concept LF-LC, as the current system is not great, and simply leaves a great waste of unused space within the vehicles interior).
        The Grille: Update the Grille to match that of the concept as well. The grill on the concept was far more elegant than the plastic-ie version we’ve received on the production version. The color and patter need to be updated to something that is far more upscale.

        Apart from these things, the vehicle it great. (Especially with the current and future powertrain options). If they can fix these things is a mid-cycle refresh (or an early mid-cycle considering when this vehicle was first revealed and went on sale),.. then this vehicle will most certainly be a worth competitor to the likes of Aston and others.

        While they may be small differences, When it comes to making a purchase on a 6-Figure vehicle, the details make all of the difference in the world; To Buy,. or not to Buy.

  • Honda NSX-R

    This could be quite the “heavyweight” player 😉

    • Mike anonymous

      … It’s been about 14 hours since I up-vote this and I am just now realizing you were making a joke about its’ weight opposed to a simple enthusiastic post. (I missed the “” marks the first time reading this somehow).

      • Honda NSX-R

        Don’t get me wrong I’m still very excited for this car

  • Ben

    I’m so tired of the “its too heavy” comments people tack on to anything related to a GT vehicle. Not every vehicle needs to be 3,000lbs wet + Driver. I never hear majority of the actual owners for the “fat” vehicles complain about the weight. Usually, they’re happy with the comfortable ride and performance of the vehicle.

    Dodge Challenger drives want a true muscle car, not something designed to chase Porsche’s around the Ring. Its called heritage. The same goes for Bentley CGT owners. I doubt they pout when they’re unable to keep pace with a vantage down a canyon road. Its not the ethos of the vehicle. Lastly, Lexus buyers know what they’re getting into, they don’t expect Lexus to make a Ferrari chasing vehicle that’s bulletproof reliable for under $100k.

    • Bill Nguyen

      Yeah, same deal with reviews that say stuff like “the Lexus LS has numb steering and is softly sprung”.. it’d be nice to have more choices when it comes to cars. Nowadays they test every dumb car on the Nurburgring, so they ride so damn stiffly.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    lexus’ potent 911 carrera s rival

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