Could this be the Lexus LFA spiritual successor we've been waiting for?
As much as we love the Lexus LC 500, we can't help but wish for an LFA successor. Lexus needs a new halo supercar right now, and at one point it looked like the automaker was preparing to unleash a performance variant of the LC 500 dubbed the LC F to fill the void. Lexus has since denied this is happening, but a new report by Japanese publication Best Car Web claims that the LC F is back on track for a 2019 launch as a spiritual successor to the V10-powered LFA and a direct rival to the Nissan GT-R.
While the naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 powering the LC 500 is a treat for the ears, Best Car Web claims that the LC F will be getting the turbocharger treatment, packing a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that churns out around 600 horses which would make it more powerful than the 552-hp LFA. That would make it a worthy rival to the established Nissan GT-R, but the report goes on to suggest that the LC F will be as luxurious and refined as the BMW M6 and Mercedes AMG-GT. Its engineers are reportedly targeting lap times at Fuji that would destroy the Nissan GT-R Nismo, currently the most powerful production car in Japan, and 500 lb-ft of torque which would put it in AMG territory.
It won't be cheap, with a rumored price of 20 million yen which converts to $180,000, but that's still half the price of an LFA. Cast your mind back to 2012, and you may remember the TMG Lexus LS Sports 650 concept packed a colossal 5.0-liter, 650-horsepower twin-turbo V8 that could propel the heavy sedan from 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds, so it's possible this engine could be updated for the LC F. Let's just hope the LC F sheds some weight as the current LC 500 coupe is rather bloated, weighing in at 1,941 kg. Rumors recently surfaced that the next-gen Lexus GS F could also utilize a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, but that seems unlikely given how poorly the current model is selling.
We would argue that the hardcore LC F is more likely to happen, but it's still speculation at this point until anything official is announced since Best Car Web is currently our only source. Hopefully Lexus will see sense - its striking looks and supercar performance seem like the perfect recipe for an LFA successor.