We've driven both the LC500 and the LC500H. While we believe they're both great grand tourers, we thought it was always missing just a little bit of something that's keeping it from utter magnificence. Turns out that missing element was a pair of good-ol' turbos.
As reported by Lexus Enthusiast (and translated from Holiday Auto, a Japanese magazine) the next logical step in the LC lineup is the LC F, and it will have a twin-turbocharged 4.0 liter V-8, producing 621 horsepower. The source goes further to say that it may cost over $176,000 and may reach dealerships sometime in 2019.
The original LC500 in V-8 trim (which happens to be the cheapest version) produces an already healthy 471 horsepower, while the more expensive LC500H produces a total system 354 horsepower out of its 3.5 liter V-6 hybrid powertrain. Both of those cars are quick enough to produce 0-60 times in the mid 4 second range. With the infusion of twin-turbos the LC F will no doubt become a serious contender in the low six figure market.
While we patiently wait for the next Toyota Supra/BMW Z5 to come out, we have been presented with the LC F that will no doubt be better than the next Toyota Supra. The real Supra successor is not a Toyota at all, rather it will be a $176,000 Lexus.
Also while you wait, why not check out our review of the 471 horsepower Lexus LC500?