Lexus LF-LC spy shot

Just a few days after the very first spy shots of the production-spec Lexus LF-LC emerged online, the new Japanese sports car has been snapped from the front. As with the pictures of the rear, the prototype’s similarities to the bold LF-LC concept are apparent.

Due to the heavy camouflage of the test mule, it is difficult to decipher many of its styling elements. That includes the front grille which may or may not be like the spindle grille found on all other current Lexus models. While history would point towards it being a spindle grille, the shape, size and positioning of the camouflaged headlights indicate that it will be relatively slender compared to other Lexus grilles.

According to reports, the production-spec Lexus LF-LC will in fact be dubbed the SC. It will be offered with a selection of variants and an F performance version will top out the range. It will reportedly feature a potent twin-turbocharged V8 engine delivering around 600 hp. That new engine is most likely to be fitted to a quick-shifting dual-clutch transmission powering the rear wheels. An all-wheel drive system certainly isn’t out of the question however.

Elsewhere in the Lexus SC range will be a model installed with the 5.0-litre V8 from the RC F but joined with an electric motor. Consequently, this version should deliver around 500 hp. Smaller V6s and even four-cylinder SC derivatives could also be offered.

When it launches, the new SC will act as the Japanese marque’s most expensive model filling the void left by the Lexus LFA.

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