Unleash the sounds of hellfire!
While the Lexus LC 500 is one of our favorite grand touring cars, we have eagerly awaited the announcement of a faster version. Beautiful though the LC may be, it's 471-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 isn't quite powerful enough to win any races against the top performers from BMW M and Mercedes-AMG. A faster LC F would do the trick and such a model has been rumored for a few years now. Lexus even confirmed it is working on a new V8 engine with two turbochargers that will be used in its race cars and migrate into its road cars. Now, we have our first glimpse of what this incredible new engine sounds like.
Lexus was spotted testing an LC racecar sporting the company's upcoming twin-turbo V8 engine. This racing variant of the LC is set to compete at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring race, which will take place in May 2020. It won't be long until we see this engine in action but here we at least get a taste of how it sounds. Keep in mind, this is still a racing version of the engine so the high-pitched squeal from the gearbox won't be present on the road car. Adding two turbochargers to an engine can often have the unwanted effect of making it quieter but it doesn't look like this new Lexus V8 will suffer from this issue. This engine sounds incredible.
We expect the new V8 to displace 4.0-liters and produce somewhere in the neighborhood of 600 hp. This would be a massive increase over the LC 500's 471 hp rating, so the 0-60 mph time should drop significantly from 4.8 seconds. Lexus has still not made any announcements or teasers about an LC F but we think the race car's debut at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring could be a good time for a big reveal.