The Lexus LC F project died due to the uncertain economy following the coronavirus pandemic, Car sensor reports from Japan. The publication did not cite a specific source for this information. Motor1.com contacted the US division of Lexus, and we were told, “We cannot comment on any future speculation.”
Development costs are too high for a model that is sure to be a niche vehicle selling in very small numbers, depending Car sensor. In addition, Toyota knows that profits will drop this year due to the effect of COVID-19 on the economy and investing in the LC-F does not make financial sense.
The good news is that this report indicates that the previously announced biturbo V8 is still underway. Apparently, it even enters the LC500 when this model receives a refresh.
There have been rumors of the development of the Lexus LC F for years. There were even spy photos that would show its development (gallery above), including a revised front with massive entrances in the front corners. In late 2018, the company announced the twin-turbo V8 and said the powertrain will premiere in the LC500 racing car in competition at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. After that, the mill would go into authorized vehicles by road. Unfortunately, COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the event at the Ring this year.
The biturbo V8 would also be available in the next Lexus crossover that could bear the nickname of LQ. While the current LX is a rugged chassis-frame SUV that is essentially a slightly nicer version of the Toyota Land Cruiser, the new vehicle would put more emphasis on luxury and comfort. Look for it to arrive for the 2022 model year.