Lexus Racing on Thursday posted a shadowy photograph on Instagram of what seems to be a winged LC coupe. No context was given, however we have now seen proof of a warmer LC variant underneath growth.
The teaser-style composition of the picture, with shadows that obscure all however the define of the automobile, make it look like Lexus is hinting at a brand new mannequin. However no different particulars accompanied the submit. The caption merely stated “highest expression of efficiency.” We’ll take that as a touch.
We have seen hints of a Lexus LC F efficiency mannequin over the previous few years, however the clues have been considerably inconsistent. Lexus trademarked the LC F title within the U.S. in 2017, however declined to file an extension in 2020, seemingly abandoning the trademark. The picture may additionally counsel a barely hotter LF F-Sport mannequin, however the rear wing appears to suggest a warmer LC F.
A prototype with enlarged air intakes and the stacked exhaust suggestions attribute of Lexus F fashions, however with out this automobile’s rear spoiler, was noticed testing in 2018. And in 2019, Lexus introduced plans for a twin-turbocharged V-8 for future fashions, together with sports activities automobiles.
Lexus even deliberate to enter an LC race automobile powered by a twin-turbo V-8 within the 2020 24 Hours of Nürburgring however pulled out because of the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. That led to rumors the engine is perhaps useless as Lexus and dad or mum Toyota centered on downsized engines and electrification to cut back gasoline consumption. However in 2021, Toyota filed patent drawings for a twin-turbo V-8 within the U.S.
For now, the usual LC carries on with its naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 and V-6 hybrid powertrains, in coupe and convertible physique kinds. Lexus stored modifications to a minimal for the 2022 mannequin 12 months, probably the most important being new suspension tuning for the V-8 LC 500 mannequin. However because the LC ages, Lexus might want to do extra to maintain consumers . An LC F will surely accomplish that.