There's a new update from Japan.
From the moment the Lexus LC debuted at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, people have been hoping to see an even more powerful F version appear. We've heard plenty of rumors and even seen spy shots of Lexus testing something of that nature, yet the Japanese automaker has not confirmed the vehicle's existence. As the LC ages, one has to start wondering whether an LC F will ever happen? A new twin-turbo V8 with upwards of 660 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque was one possible rumored powertrain but, again, Lexus has been silent. And this leads us to today.
Japan's Carsensor is now claiming the Lexus LC F project has been discontinued, a victim of the uncertain times brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
The report goes on to claim Toyota had been developing the LC F with the goal of it being a successor to the highly acclaimed Lexus LFA supercar. Some serious levels of engineering were also being applied, one example being optimized front-rear weight distribution. Sadly, the pandemic has changed everything and Toyota, despite being the world's second-largest automaker, has no choice but to reevaluate every project. Because the LC F would have been very limited in production numbers, chances are it wouldn't have been very profitable, if at all. But there is some good news.
That aforementioned twin-turbo V8 is still happening and it's expected to be available with the next-generation Toyota Tundra, Land Cruiser, and Sequoia. A hybrid offering is also planned for the Tundra, if not all three.
As for the continued existence of the LC lineup, the LC 500h appears to be safe thanks to its hybrid V6 setup. The LC 500 and LC Convertible, however, are powered by the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8, an engine Toyota has already confirmed is being discontinued very soon. Will the LC coupe and convertible receive a new engine after model year 2021, or will the 500h be the sole LC in the lineup?
Some answers should arrive relatively soon.