Evidence is mounting that Lexus is prepping a high-performance F variant of the LC, and it could premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show in October, according to an anonymous insider speaking to Car and Driver. The model will reportedly cost twice as much as the £76,595 LC 500, and the debut date late in 2017 will probably mean the hardcore vehicle will go on sale sometime in 2018.
This source claims that LC F doesn’t use the 471-horsepower naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 from the LC 500 or 354-hp electrified 3.5-litre V6 in the LC 500h. Instead, it would feature a new biturbo 4.0-litre V8 that would essentially be a pairing of the 2.0-litre turbocharged powerplant that’s currently available in models such as Lexus IS, RC, and NX. The unnamed person tells Car and Driver the engine produces around 600 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. In the LC F, the engine would hook up to the 10-speed automatic gearbox that’s already in the LC500.
In addition to the powertrain upgrade, the LC F would get a meaner look with a vented hood, brake cooling ducts, and a fixed rear wing. The source’s description makes the model sound like it borrows a little of the styling from the Super GT racing version (above). The road-going example probably isn’t quite as razor-edged, but they might be similar. Rather than the standard four-piston brakes calipers, the F would reportedly use six-pot components.
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The previous big hint about the hardcore LC’s existence was a trademark filing from Lexus. It registered 'LC F' on February 3, 2017 and protected 'Lexus LC F' on February 6. Expect to hear more in the build-up to the Tokyo show this autumn...
Source: Car and Driver