As soon as Toyota trademarked the names “LC F” and “Lexus LC F” at the European Union Intellectual Property Office, speculations have emerged that there could actually be a hardcore performance version of the Lexus LC 2+2 coupe. Just recently, an insider within Lexus has divulged to a Japanese automotive magazine that the LC F hardcore coupe could offer up to 621 hp of output.
In an interview with Japan’s Holiday Auto magazine – and as posted by Japan’s Lawrence Motorcycle X Car – the Lexus insider disclosed that the LC F would be taking on the formula of more power and less weight to offer a high level of performance without any compromise in luxury. This formula entails the employment of a powerful biturbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that could deliver around 621 hp (463 kW).
The formula also entails the intensive use of carbon-fiber reinforced polymer, a material that isn't just strong and rigid, but is also light and easy to shape. According to the Lexus insider, this weight-saving measure is being adopted on the LC F as the carmaker aims to make the hardcore performance car seven percent lighter than the LC coupe. If achieved, the LC F would have a weight of 3,980 lbs (1,778 kg).
The Lexus insider also revealed some neat details regarding production and price. As disclosed, the premium carmaker would make it so that both the LC F and the LC are produced on the same assembly line. As for the price, the insider said the new Lexus LC F is expected to have a price tag of JPY20 million (or around $176,200).
Lexus has yet to officially announce the new LC F. Even before Toyota applied to trademark the names LC F and Lexus LC F, there were already rumors about the possibility of a very potent variant of the LC. The trademark application strengthened the rumors, with many speculating that Lexus is already developing the LC F.
As a hardcore version of an already high performance model, the LC F was expected to be a powerful as the Nissan GT-R Nismo and the Mercedes-AMG GT. With the Lexus insider disclosing that the LC F would be lighter than the LC, the premium carmaker is taking into the heart the lessons learned from its RC F coupe: extra weight affects performance.
Of course, the LC isn't an ordinary coupe as its most powerful variant – the LC 500 – offers 467 hp (351 kW) of max output and 389 lb.-ft. (540 Nm) of peak torque coming from an all-aluminum 5.0-liter V8 engine that is also found in the Lexus GS F and RC F. The hybrid version -- the Lexus LC 500h -- is powered by a Multi Stage Hybrid System that develops 354 hp (263 kW) of max output.
There were reports that the LC F would come with the latest 4.0-liter V8 turbocharger that could deliver an impressive 600 hp and 470 lb.-ft. of torque, as mated to an updated version of an LC 500’s 10-speed automatic gearbox.