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Lexus LC F Prototype Spotted in California?

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Are we looking at a Lexus LC F prototype? Spotted in Southern California by a Lexus Enthusiast reader, this piecemeal LC looks to have revised front vents flanking the spindle grille, reworked side skirts and a deeper rear bumper. The rest of the body looks to be the same as the current production model.

Here’s another look:

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There’s every possibility that this is unrelated to a high-performance LC F, or perhaps this may signal the development of a LC F SPORT. Regardless, it’s exciting to see an LC test mule of any description running around California.

(Thanks Robert!)

Comments
PeterF
Really now, perhaps you don't understand the meaning of the word "lie." You just called me a liar, inadvertently or not.

Just because you or a number of others, such as car companies, apparently think drag racing is interesting, or at least more than boring, doesn't mean that everyone thinks that way
Maybe not a lie, but then hypocrisy? I, just as you claim, am not that much interested in drag times, but for that reason I prefer light weight, something Lexus is not really good at. I do not think the LC-F will be light-weight. Well handling because of good engineering? Quite likely, but how fast it will accelerate will have (almost) no effect on handling.

Gecko
Lexus' strategy with F cars hasn't ever really been about numbers, but rather about how they make the driver feel. I assume the LC F will be similar.
There is no disagreement that Lexus F models make the driver feel good. But as good as its rivals? How to measure Lexus F's success, and compared to what?
PeterF
Really now, perhaps you don't understand the meaning of the word "lie." You just called me a liar, inadvertently or not.

Just because you or a number of others, such as car companies, apparently think drag racing is interesting, or at least more than boring, doesn't mean that everyone thinks that way
Maybe not a lie, but then hypocrisy? I, just as you claim, am not that much interested in drag times, but for that reason I prefer light weight, something Lexus is not really good at. I do not think the LC-F will be light-weight. Well handling because of good engineering? Quite likely, but how fast it will accelerate will have (almost) no effect on handling.

Gecko
Lexus' strategy with F cars hasn't ever really been about numbers, but rather about how they make the driver feel. I assume the LC F will be similar.
There is no disagreement that Lexus F models make the driver feel good. But as good as its rivals? How to measure Lexus F's success, and compared to what?
I don't think drag times are all that influential. After all, the Mustang was widely considered a joke for decades vs. European competitors because "it only goes fast in a straight line".
I don't think drag times are all that influential. After all, the Mustang was widely considered a joke for decades vs. European competitors because "it only goes fast in a straight line".
I don't think drag times are all that influential. After all, the Mustang was widely considered a joke for decades vs. European competitors because "it only goes fast in a straight line".
Ian Schmidt
I don't think drag times are all that influential. After all, the Mustang was widely considered a joke for decades vs. European competitors because "it only goes fast in a straight line".
And still the LFA is considered a failure by most Germancarfans.
Ian Schmidt
I don't think drag times are all that influential. After all, the Mustang was widely considered a joke for decades vs. European competitors because "it only goes fast in a straight line".
And still the LFA is considered a failure by most Germancarfans.
Ian Schmidt
I don't think drag times are all that influential. After all, the Mustang was widely considered a joke for decades vs. European competitors because "it only goes fast in a straight line".
And still the LFA is considered a failure by most Germancarfans.
Levi
And still the LFA is considered a failure by most Germancarfans.
And the opinions of random carfans don't matter at all.
Levi
And still the LFA is considered a failure by most Germancarfans.
And the opinions of random carfans don't matter at all.
Levi
And still the LFA is considered a failure by most Germancarfans.
And the opinions of random carfans don't matter at all.
ssun30
And the opinions of random carfans don't matter at all.
For sales, unfortunately the opinion of the masses is more important than the assessment of those who know.
ssun30
And the opinions of random carfans don't matter at all.
For sales, unfortunately the opinion of the masses is more important than the assessment of those who know.
ssun30
And the opinions of random carfans don't matter at all.
For sales, unfortunately the opinion of the masses is more important than the assessment of those who know.
Levi
For sales, unfortunately the opinion of the masses is more important than the assessment of those who know.
The LFA sold out :)
Levi
For sales, unfortunately the opinion of the masses is more important than the assessment of those who know.
The LFA sold out :)
Levi
For sales, unfortunately the opinion of the masses is more important than the assessment of those who know.
The LFA sold out :)
Lexus LC Convertible Reportedly 2 Years Away, LC F Still LIkely

This pair of models would give Lexus challengers against BMW and Mercedes' grand tourers.
Lexus is close to having a convertible in its lineup again because the Japanese premium brand intends to slice the roof off the LC. The prospects look quite good for a more powerful variant of the coupe, too.

An unnamed insider tells Auto Express the LC convertible is a "done deal" and already has a green light for production. However, the model is still around two years from actually arriving at dealers.

Company execs aren't ready to confirm the drop top officially, though. "I hope that we will have a convertible in the near future. We know the luxury market requires a convertible," Yoshihiro Sawa, Senior Managing Officer of Lexus, told Auto Express.

The LC convertible's most direct competition would likely be BMW's recently spied 8 Series drop top. However, its more adventurous styling might lure a few customers away from the S550 Cabriolet, too.

Contrary to previous reports, Auto Express' insider claims that the rumored LC F doesn't yet have production approval, but execs are seriously considering building one. Prior rumors out of Japan indicate that the LC F would use a new biturbo 4.0-liter V8 with 621 horsepower (463 kilowatts) and make extensive use of carbon-fiber reinforced polymer to lower the coupe's weight. Despite the high performance upgrades, the interior would allegedly remain quite luxurious.

Judging by these reports, the LC F would be a closer competitor to AMG-tuned variants of the Mercedes S-Class, rather than a hardcore followup to the LFA supercar.

Lexus filed for a trademark on the LC F moniker in February 2017, indicating the company has been mulling over this idea for quite a while. Rumors even hinted that the model might have debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show in November, but it didn't show up there.
https://www.motor1.com/news/227557/lexus-lc-convertible-confirmation-rumor/
Lexus LC Convertible Reportedly 2 Years Away, LC F Still LIkely

This pair of models would give Lexus challengers against BMW and Mercedes' grand tourers.
Lexus is close to having a convertible in its lineup again because the Japanese premium brand intends to slice the roof off the LC. The prospects look quite good for a more powerful variant of the coupe, too.

An unnamed insider tells Auto Express the LC convertible is a "done deal" and already has a green light for production. However, the model is still around two years from actually arriving at dealers.

Company execs aren't ready to confirm the drop top officially, though. "I hope that we will have a convertible in the near future. We know the luxury market requires a convertible," Yoshihiro Sawa, Senior Managing Officer of Lexus, told Auto Express.

The LC convertible's most direct competition would likely be BMW's recently spied 8 Series drop top. However, its more adventurous styling might lure a few customers away from the S550 Cabriolet, too.

Contrary to previous reports, Auto Express' insider claims that the rumored LC F doesn't yet have production approval, but execs are seriously considering building one. Prior rumors out of Japan indicate that the LC F would use a new biturbo 4.0-liter V8 with 621 horsepower (463 kilowatts) and make extensive use of carbon-fiber reinforced polymer to lower the coupe's weight. Despite the high performance upgrades, the interior would allegedly remain quite luxurious.

Judging by these reports, the LC F would be a closer competitor to AMG-tuned variants of the Mercedes S-Class, rather than a hardcore followup to the LFA supercar.

Lexus filed for a trademark on the LC F moniker in February 2017, indicating the company has been mulling over this idea for quite a while. Rumors even hinted that the model might have debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show in November, but it didn't show up there.
https://www.motor1.com/news/227557/lexus-lc-convertible-confirmation-rumor/
Lexus LC Convertible Reportedly 2 Years Away, LC F Still LIkely

This pair of models would give Lexus challengers against BMW and Mercedes' grand tourers.
Lexus is close to having a convertible in its lineup again because the Japanese premium brand intends to slice the roof off the LC. The prospects look quite good for a more powerful variant of the coupe, too.

An unnamed insider tells Auto Express the LC convertible is a "done deal" and already has a green light for production. However, the model is still around two years from actually arriving at dealers.

Company execs aren't ready to confirm the drop top officially, though. "I hope that we will have a convertible in the near future. We know the luxury market requires a convertible," Yoshihiro Sawa, Senior Managing Officer of Lexus, told Auto Express.

The LC convertible's most direct competition would likely be BMW's recently spied 8 Series drop top. However, its more adventurous styling might lure a few customers away from the S550 Cabriolet, too.

Contrary to previous reports, Auto Express' insider claims that the rumored LC F doesn't yet have production approval, but execs are seriously considering building one. Prior rumors out of Japan indicate that the LC F would use a new biturbo 4.0-liter V8 with 621 horsepower (463 kilowatts) and make extensive use of carbon-fiber reinforced polymer to lower the coupe's weight. Despite the high performance upgrades, the interior would allegedly remain quite luxurious.

Judging by these reports, the LC F would be a closer competitor to AMG-tuned variants of the Mercedes S-Class, rather than a hardcore followup to the LFA supercar.

Lexus filed for a trademark on the LC F moniker in February 2017, indicating the company has been mulling over this idea for quite a while. Rumors even hinted that the model might have debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show in November, but it didn't show up there.
https://www.motor1.com/news/227557/lexus-lc-convertible-confirmation-rumor/
Is the LC-F Turbo V8 decided? Or could it also be a 700PS with hybrid or plug-in hybrid like Porsche and AMG GT4? And AWD or RWD? And if AWD, also with AWS? Could there also be LF-1 Limitless as F model later?
Is the LC-F Turbo V8 decided? Or could it also be a 700PS with hybrid or plug-in hybrid like Porsche and AMG GT4? And AWD or RWD? And if AWD, also with AWS? Could there also be LF-1 Limitless as F model later?
Is the LC-F Turbo V8 decided? Or could it also be a 700PS with hybrid or plug-in hybrid like Porsche and AMG GT4? And AWD or RWD? And if AWD, also with AWS? Could there also be LF-1 Limitless as F model later?
Gecko
lol
humm, not sure if this is the LC F. I thought it would have more venting on the hood and a spoiler.... but it could be an early stage version with the new engine. My experience on the track with the LC says that they need better cooling / venting for the LC to become a serious trackable car.. It certainly looks mean
PeterF
humm, not sure if this is the LC F. I thought it would have more venting on the hood and a spoiler...
Besides that, previous full-on Lexus F models (IS F, RC F and GS F) have been distinguished by 2 major traits: large vertical/diagonal front fender vents just forward of the front doors and quad diagonal exhaust tips out back. Since the 2 photos in question unfortunately fail to show the rear end, it's anybody's guess what the exhaust tips look like. The lack of front fender vents implies an F Sport, as opposed to full-on F. On the other hand, given the "regular" LC's large side vents aft of the doors, perhaps the LC F will be an exception to the "F front fender vent rule".

Even though my first impression was "LC F prototype", upon looking at these pictures more closely, I share PeterF's skepticism that this is the LC F. more likely a potential LC F Sport variant.

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