Lexus LC: First GenerationRumors

Lexus Considers Hybrid & Full Electric Powertrains for Next-Gen Performance Models

Lexus LC F Rendering

The Lexus F performance brand will be moving away from naturally-aspirated V8 engines in favor of more advanced powertrains, according to an Auto Express interview with Lexus president Yoshihiro Sawa:

“F is very important; with F we have to think of our own original way,” said Sawa, speaking during his first visit to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. “One solution could be a pure F GT car, which could be a hybrid with an electric motor and a strong engine, giving a different kind of drive feel. We don’t stick to V8, V10, twin-turbocharged; they’re important but we’re looking at the future. We’d like to find a way to connect to the next era.”

“I think that now, we’re in a transitional period. At this moment people say EVs are trendy but three years later, who knows? People like the sound, the dynamics [of combustion engines]. I think we cannot stick to the one solution when it comes to providing emotion.”

The idea of a high-performance Lexus EV is exciting, but much of what Sawa-san is saying is open to interpretation, including the meaning of “pure F GT car” — is this the near-certain LC F coupe, or perhaps a new model slotted even higher in the lineup?

(So far, all rumors on the LC F have pointed towards a twin-turbocharged 4.0 V8 putting out more than 600 horsepower — there’s been little mention of either a hybrid or pure electric version.)

Sure, they've been teasing this for years. Show us.
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  • July 15, 2018
Sure, they've been teasing this for years. Show us.
Not as many years as those from... you know from where...
They are going to take a few more decades to put THS-R into production. :no_mouth:
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  • July 16, 2018
TTV8 or TTV6+Hybrid?

I would maybe prefer the later. Anything over 1800 kg is not lightweight for a car (unless a SUV), so why not profit from electric torque? The car will also be better balanced as we see with LC 500 vs LC 500h.
Quite frankly, I am here for any and all powertrain options from Lexus but let's just start somewhere and fast track it to production.
A BEV LC with Tesla-like performance would certainly turn some heads.
Ian Schmidt
A BEV LC with Tesla-like performance would certainly turn some heads.
Reading through what he said, it could be a hybrid, not BEV, but maybe a plugin with more performance.
I think there's more performance to get out of the existing LC hybrid, if they get someone to properly tune the software. A larger battery would help too, I'm sure.
Let’s pray . Hummmmmm !!! God please send this as fast as possible ! Amen .