Barely a month ago, a trademark was filed for a new Lexus LC F. That alone hints that something is up for the Japanese automotive brand. This early, it does look like Lexus is armed and ready for the upcoming 2017 Tokyo Auto Show this Fall. As it turns out, an unnamed insider from Toyota’s luxury division had spoken with Car and Driver and shared a few intriguing details on the supposed high-performance F variant.
The source said that the new LC F will have a more aggressive design to go with the more powerful engine underneath its hood. It sure is a good thing when you stumble upon a news feed where torque curves and power boost are also on the cards, don’t you think?
According to the source, the new LC F will not be using any of the LC 500h’s 354hp, 3.5-liter V6 electrified power unit nor it will have the LC 500’s 471hp 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 machinery. Rather, it would come with the latest 4.0-liter V8 turbocharger capable of delivering an impressive 600 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque.
It will be mated to an updated version of an LC500’s 10-speed automatic gearbox at the very least. If ever that’s the case, it would perform better than a Porsche 911 Turbo S or a Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe in terms of power. Also, if we have to take the fixed rear wing, new brake cooling ducts and vented hood design as disclosed by the source into consideration, the LC F is expected to come out with a more menacing character. That’s aside from the new set of 20-inch alloy wheels and 6-piston brake calipers that are likely to come with the new high performance variant.
All things considered, it only goes to show that the best way to describe the LC F is to look at the picture of the LC500 GT500. It may not have the exact “razor-like edges” on the Super GT racer nor will it have the same enormous diffuser, large rear wing and massive fender flares, we think this is the closest one it could get as far as the source’s description goes.
With these rather impressive specs in the offing, perhaps it is safe to assume that they will also be using more carbon fiber this time to help shave off some of the weight? We’d rather not go that far. Come what may, we’ll probably hear more about that in the coming weeks. So stay tuned.