Could this be an LC F Sport?
The 2022 Lexus LC 500 is an exceptional grand tourer, but we always believe there was room to sell a more hardcore version. Lexus was reportedly working on a high-performance LC F back in 2019, but cancelled the project to work on something even better: an LFA successor. We thought Lexus had locked up the LC F and thrown away the key, but then the company teased something rather peculiar on its Lexus USA Racing Instagram page.
The account shared a shadowy photo of a car with the caption, "Highest expression of performance." It's nearly impossible to tell what car it is due to the darkness, but when we lightened it up a bit, the LC's stunning profile becomes more recognizable. What the heck is Lexus teasing here?
Judging by the "F" logo in the background, this is some kind of high-performance model from the Lexus F Division. It's unclear if this is a fully-fledged F model like the RC F, or a semi-hot variant like the IS 500 F Sport Performance. Either way, this could be our first hint that a hotter LC (or a different F model) is finally coming. Of course, it is odd that Lexus shared this teaser through its racing account, not the main consumer one. We wondered if this is actually a new race car to replace the RC F GT3, but it doesn't appear to have nearly enough aero, at least from the teaser.
Not much is clear from the teaser, but we could spot a noticeable power bulge hood. This could indicate a larger engine than the LC's current 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8. The LC F was rumored to get a new 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, but that engine was reportedly scrapped with the rest of the project. Rumors suggested the twin-turbo mill would spit out over 600 horsepower, far more than the 471-hp rating of the current LC 500.
We will keep our eyes peeled for any new information regarding this mystery Lexus F model.