Wild New Rumors on the Production Lexus LF-LC

Lexus LF-LC Rumors

Yahoo! Taiwan has published some very questionable rumors on the production Lexus LF-LC — let’s summarize the details with translation provided by Google, which should be taken with a grain of salt:

  • The new LC could have a 2870mm wheelbase with a total length of 4700mm and width of 1920mm.
  • Quad-tailpipes, 20-inch alloy wheels, lightweight aluminum body, large panoramic glass roof, voice head-up display device, and a new Remote Touch controller will all be standard. The F SPORT version will have 21-inch wheels and a speed-adjustable rear spoiler.
  • In order to improve performance and fuel economy, the body shell will be made of aluminum-magnesium alloy and carbon fiber reinforced plastic. The total weight could be about 1,450-1,550kg (3,200-3,400 lbs).

It’s worth pointing out that the LFA is 1,480–1,580kg (3,263–3,483lbs) — if this information is true, the production LC would weigh less than the Lexus supercar despite being larger. Optimistic, perhaps, but not totally ridiculous.

But then we get into the engine details, and the whole thing goes off the rails — Yahoo! Taiwan reports that there will be two options, the LC 500h and the LC 500:

  • The LC 500h: 3.6L V6 hybrid with 400 combined horsepower, an average fuel consumption of 5.0L/100km (47mpg) and a 5.5 second 0-100km/h time.
  • The LC 500: 5.0L turbo V8 engine with 550 horsepower, an average fuel consumption of 9.0L/100km (26mpg), a 4.5 second 0-100km/h time, and a 10-speed transmission.

The engine types look fine, as does the horsepower figures, but the 0-100km/h times are unbelievable — the RC F would outperform the LC 500 despite 500 lbs of extra weight and an 80 horsepower disadvantage.

Unfortunately, it’s tough to believe any part of a rumor with so many obvious mistakes. Still, it’s fun to consider. What do you think?

Source: Yahoo! Taiwan (Thanks Charles!)