When Lexus unveiled the LC sports coupe, quite a number of people were already wishing that it would have a performance version. It is not that the LC 500 coupe isn’t much of a performer. In fact, Lexus has described the new LC as its new flagship 2+2 performance coupe. However, a more hardcore version of the Lexus LC would be a very welcome proposition. How we wish – just like many – that such LC version would be on its way.
Just recently, speculations have arisen that Lexus might be planning or is already working on a hardcore version of the LC performance coupe. These speculations were brought to the air by the fact that Lexus’ parent – Japanese auto giant Toyota Motors Corp. – has applied for the trademark of the names “LC F” and “Lexus LC F” with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Since the LC was created in order to expressly highlight the premium brand’s sporting credentials and its new focus on dynamism, Lexus creating a more hardcore F version wouldn’t be a surprise. In fact, would be a natural and logical step to take, considering that its other coupes like the Lexus RC, also received an F version.
However, we will be quick to point out that a trademark application for a certain name doesn’t really amount to using it. A carmaker may file to trademark a certain name because it intends to realize it into an actual vehicle. However, the opposite could also be true – there could really be no plans to use that name on a certain vehicle in the near term. That carmaker may simply want to protect that name, thereby preventing other companies from using it.
In case of the filing to trademark the “LC F” name, the immediate effect would be that Toyota (of course, Lexus) would only be the only carmaker allowed to use the moniker. Other companies wouldn’t be able to employ the name on any of their products. More desirably, Toyota could use it to name the hardcore version of the LC performance version. Thus, the trademark application could be an important clue to Lexus’ plans to offer an LC F.
The new LC 500 is powered by an all-aluminum 32-valve 5.0-liter V8 engine that is also found in the GS F and RC F. Boasting of a smooth engine sound and a more linear throttle reaction, this V8 engine is able to deliver 467 hp (351 kW) of max output and 389 lb.-ft. (540 Nm) of peak torque. If the LC F is really coming, then it would be powered by a more dynamic version of the 5.0-liter V8 engine, or another powerplant. It would boast of having significantly more output and torque.
Until Lexus confirms that it is launching the LC F, the trademark filing would remain on paper and as a figment of our imagination.