Sounds hard to believe, but not impossible.
Lexus has been known to surprise us from time to time. Just look at the LFA supercar, for example. Today’s LC 500 grand tourer is certainly no slouch either, while the rest of the Lexus lineup is more dynamic than ever. As Lexus continues to crank things up a notch, we’ve come across this new rumor from Japanese website Spyder7 claiming a high-performance crossover is planned for 2020. One of its intended targets? The Lamborghini Urus. Supposedly, this Urus fighter would serve as the brand’s flagship and would be based on the same platform that underpinned the LF-1 Limitless concept that premiered last January.
Base versions would come powered by the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 found in the LS 500 large sedan, though retuned to produce around 424 hp. It’s also possible this engine would on to a pair of electric motors for even more power and improved fuel economy. But that’s still not the proposed top engine choice. A high-performance “F” version could come powered by the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that could also power the rumored LC F, where it would offer around 661 hp. The Lamborghini Urus, to directly compare, has 641 hp. That means the Lexus would have a 20 hp advantage. Respect.
On top of that, the V8-powered version is alleged to carry a base price of around $150,000, while the Urus costs at least $200,000. More power for less money. We’ve reached out to Lexus for comment and we’ll update this space if we hear back. More than likely, the automaker will provide the standard “we don’t comment on future product.” But still, this is a rumor that sounds very doable. Lexus has a proven history of revealing somewhat wild concepts and, within a year or so, launches a production version.
Given that SUVs and crossovers continue to be immensely popular and with no sign of that trend slowing down, it does make sense for Lexus to further expand this part of its lineup. The LF-1 concept, in our eyes, initially appeared to be a rival against the likes of the Audi Q8, but why shouldn’t Lexus take things a step further and do a Lamborghini Urus rival as well? That would be a matchup we’d love to see.