A new prototype of the production-spec Lexus LF-LC has just been spied in the midst of testing alongside a Porsche 911 and BMW M4. It is suggested that when the LF-LC is revealed next year, it will act as the replacement to the current Lexus IS.
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.
When launched, the new Lexus sports car will be available in a number of guises. These will include a range-topping F performance version with a twin-turbocharged V8 engine pumping out around 600 hp. Coupled to that engine will be a dual-clutch transmission sending power to the rear wheels and there’s a chance an all-wheel drive system will be optional.
Interestingly, it is reported that the car will also be available with the naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 from the Lexus RC F. However, that engine will be mated to an electric motor resulting in a combined 500 hp. A number of V6 and four-cylinder engines are also reportedly on the cards.