Even before Toyota, or in extension Lexus, makes an official announcement about the arrival of the more hardcore version of the LC performance coupe, certain details are already circulating over the specs of this variant—the Lexus LC F. Just recently, a Japanese Web site has said that the new Lexus LC F is being geared to offer a performance level that would be at par with the Japanese monster Nissan GT-R Nismo and the German powerhouse Mercedes-AMG GT.
In case you missed it, there have been speculations that Lexus could be planning hardcore variant of the LC. But it’s highly possible that it’s already in the midst of developing such a model after it was reported that Toyota Motors Corp. had applied for the trademark of the names “LC F” and “Lexus LC F” with the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
Lexus intended the LC to fully highlight its sporting credentials and its renewed focus on dynamism. Offering an F version that could take on some of the known performance cars would be a natural and logical step. Not only that, other Lexus coupes like the RC also had an F version. Thus, Toyota’s trademark application could serve as a vital clue to Lexus’ plans to offer an LC F.
If the Japanese Web site -- Best Car Web – is to be believed, then the new LC F could be as potent as the most hardcore variant of the GT-R while still offering the opulence and comfort of German sporty premium cars Mercedes-AMG GT and BMW M6.
The Lexus LC 500 is powered by an all-aluminum 32-valve 5.0-liter V8 engine that also powers the GS F and RC F. This V8 engine is tuned to deliver 467 hp (351 kW) of max output and 389 lb.-ft. (540 Nm) of peak torque. Its hybrid version, the Lexus LC 500h, which is powered by a Multi Stage Hybrid System, consists of a 3.5 liter V6 petrol engine, a dynamic electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. This hybrid system develops 354 hp (263 kW) of max output.
If Lexus really does offer the LC F, it could be powered by a more dynamic version of the 5.0-liter V8 engine, or another powerplant. Of course, it should have significantly more output and torque. There have been reports that the new Lexus LC F would arrive with the latest turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that could generate an impressive 600 hp of output and 470 lb-ft of torque.
However, if Lexus plans to offer the LC F, then it should take into the heart the lessons learned from its RC F coupe: extra weight affects performance. Lexus definitely could do something about this and transform the LC F into a real performance machine.