It was previously confirmed that Lexus would eventually introduce a production version of the stunning LF-LC concept car, but now Lexus’s European boss has shed some more light on the plans.
The Lexus LF-LC will be the company’s new flagship model. Instead of being a replacement to the epic LFA though, Alain Uyttenhoven, Lexus Europe vice president, says the LF-LC will be a more regular model built in higher numbers (only 500 LFAs were made). Speaking with Auto Express, Uyttenhven said,
“It will not be a full carbon car costing £350,000. It will be – in terms of construction – a more normal car, a car than can be manufactured in larger quantities than just a batch of 500.”
At the moment the grandest two-door the company offers is the RC, which is based on the IS sedan. There is no coupe version of the GS, so there is no competition for the likes of the BMW 6 Series and Mercedes E-Class coupe, and there is no coupe version of the large Lexus LS sedan.
Some have suggested the new model will be a successor to the SC luxury coupe, ready to take on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and the Maserati Gran Turismo.
No further details have been confirmed other than it will share design cues with the dramatic LF-LC concept car (pictured). The concept features a large and dominant interpretation of the company’s ‘spindle’ grille layout, as well as muscular rear haunches, lots of sharp angles, and a classic long bonnet and short rear overhang.
As for the engine, there’s been no hint of anything in particular. Given that most Lexus models are available with a hybrid, it’s believed the new LF-LC production car will come with a high-powered twin-motor setup incorporating an electric motor. There is talk of a twin-turbo V8 potentially joining the lineup as well, but it is only a rumour at this stage.