Lexus has been keeping development of the production version of its LF-LC concept tightly under wraps. Last we heard, that halo GT car had received the green light for production, but that was over a year ago. Since then, things have been pretty silent. Finally though, fresh rumors about the luxury coupe are starting to leak out, pointing toward the model's powertrain lineup.

According to unnamed sources speaking to Motor Trend, the production LF-LC will eventually sport three very intriguing engine options. The base model will reportedly use a naturally aspirated V8 providing around 450 horsepower – very similar specs to the upcoming RC F. The next step up will allegedly be the upcoming hybrid powertrain shared between BMW and Toyota pumping things up to around 500 hp. Finally, a top-of-the-heap F version will use a twin-turbocharged version of the RC F's 5.0-liter V8 to bring output to 600 hp. The insiders even claim that the hybrid and the twin-turbo V8 could find their way into other Lexus products like the LS and possibly even a more beastly RC.

None of this speculation sounds too outlandish. Lexus could get more capacity out of the RC F's tuned V8 by shoving it into other models, and rumors are flying about performance cars spawned from BMW and Toyota's partnership. Given Lexus' recent embrace of turbocharging, even the twin-turbo V8 doesn't seem too dubious. That said, with no hard facts to back up the rumormill, we'll have to keep waiting to see what the LF-LC shows up with.


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      Greg
      • 10 Months Ago
      One car exec had a remarkable insight, which was that horsepower is an arms race--you cannot win. On the other hand, there are niches where you can win, and Lexus demonstrated that with service, quality, & reliability.
      zchmcqn
      • 9 Months Ago
      Looks absolutely stunning.
      miketim1
      • 9 Months Ago
      600HP Lexus coupe ? Fu**k yes. Lexus is on a performance oriented war path. BTW this is one of the most beautiful cars I have ever laid eyes on Still waiting on the GSF and next gen LS !
      Sergey R
      • 9 Months Ago
      Lexus badly needs more engine options, so I like such rumors. And car looks great!
      jich8chy3chah8wurt2thuk3ghy7ly
      HELLexus !
      Teleny411
      • 9 Months Ago
      Lexus needs this in production. Their cars only lack sex appeal and this one has it.
      S.
      • 10 Months Ago
      A face not even a mother can love.
      Aisha Brutella
      • 10 Months Ago
      uglyaz car
      Doug
      • 9 Months Ago
      600 HP doesn't overcome the ugly!
        Firefly
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Doug
        ...said the American who would slap a big V8 into many an ugly car from Detroit...
      me
      • 10 Months Ago
      If only it didn't look like bad origami
      Scrubsdetail
      • 9 Months Ago
      As a car detailer that bodywork would be a nightmare to polish! argh my head hurts just looking at all the curves..
      Avinash Machado
      • 9 Months Ago
      Quite a beautiful Lexus.
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