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

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.)

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Sure, they've been teasing this for years. Show us.
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:
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 .