2018 lexus lf-lc – DOC653049
The Lexus LF-Lc made its debut as just a lowly concept car at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan and its reception was one that all automakers dream of. Not only did people at the auto show love it, but Lexus customers were clamoring to see a production model hit showroom floors.
Lexus all but told us that it would release a production model loosely based on the concept, but no release dates were ever talked about. According to a report from , there are several Lexus insiders that are claiming that there will be a model identical or at least similar to the LF-LC and bearing the same name to hit showroom floors sometime in the next two years.
With this news, we figured it was time to start piecing together a review for our readers, so you can make an educated choice when the time comes.
Updated 10/27/2015: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Lexus LF-LC caught testing both near and on the Nurbrugring race track. Rumors suggest that next to the standard version, Lexus will also offer an updated F version with a twin-turbo version of the 5.0 liter V-8 engine.
October 27, 2015 – 2018 Lexus LF-Lc caught testing on road and track
As with most concept cars, do not expect it to roll into showrooms looking exactly as it did in concept form. There are safety regulations in place that could potentially limit the body styling, as well as cost restraints. We do, however, expect the production model to closely resemble the concept.
The basic profile of the car – long hood, shallow-raked windshield and swooping roof line – will remain intact on the production model, a fact confirmed by the camouflaged prototype spotted near the Nurburgring. The largest change on the front end, from the concept, will likely be the pulling forward of the headlights. The recessed headlights on the concept look cool, but that causes a lot of extra aerodynamic drag. The front brake cooling inlet will be reduced and more closed off than we see on the concept.
From the side, the LF-Lc appears to look just like the concept. There are wide hips, flared front fenders, and smaller, production-friendly wheels. The rear end should remain relatively untouched, except for the fancy taillights and the wild bumper.
The interior is a complete wild card, as the cabin we saw in Detroit was way too modern and way too expensive to go into any car in this era. The overall swooping effect throughout the interior could make it in the production model, but not the ultra-modern pedals, steering wheel, or the futuristic instrument cluster.
We do expect to see your standard array of awesome features, which will navigation, automatic climate control, CD player with iPod and Bluetooth connectivity. We also anticipate the retractable glass roof to make the trip to production with the LF-Lc. We’ll update you as soon as Lexus gives us some information on the finalized interior of the LF-Lc.
Not a lot is known about the LF-Lc’s drivetrain so far, but it is rumored to have a higher output version of the 5.0-liter V-8 found in the RC-F, as well as a pair of electric motors. Our paparazzi said the prototype was benchmarked against a Porsche 911, BMW 6 Series, and Maserati GranTurismo, which could mean that Lexus is gunning for a 500-horsepower output. The V-8 will likely mate to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
According to recent rumors, the LF-Lc will run somewhere between $100,000 and $150,000. Given its awesome styling and stout drivetrain, we think that is a pretty fair price range.
Porsche 911 Turbo
Porsche 911 Turbo
With more than 500 horsepower at its disposal, the LF-Lc could have what it takes to give the 911 Turbo a run for its money. The German sports car employs a 3.8-liter flat-six under its rear lid, which generates 520 horsepower in the Turbo and 560 horses in the Turbo S. Performance is impressive for both models, as the 0-to-60 mph sprint can be achieved in only 3.2 and 2.9 seconds, respectively. Top speed sits at 195 mph for the Turbo and 197 mph with the Turbo S. I have doubts that the LF-Lc will be this fast, but it won’t be far behind either. However, it’s likely that the 911 Turbo will get a power update until the LF-Lc arrives. Current prices for the 911 Turbo start from $151,100.
Launched for 2016 as a spiritual successor to the SLS AMG, the Mercedes-AMG GT was specifically developed to compete against the 911 Turbo. Motivation comes from a newly created twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 rated at 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet in the GT S model and 456 horses and 443 pound-feet in the base version. Sprinting from 0 to 60 mph takes 3.7 and 3.9 seconds, respectively, which makes the AMG GT significantly slower than the 911 Turbo and Turbo S. However, the German sports will probably be on par with the LF-Lc. Pricing for the AMG GT S starts from $129,000. The base model won’t go on sale in the U.S. until 2016.
We will reserve judgment for the production model, but on the surface, the LF-Lc looks nice. It probably won’t be as quick as the 911 Turbo, but it should have what it takes to give other hybrid sports cars, including the BMW i8 and Acura NSX, a run for their money.
- Sexy body
- Hybrid power
- Loaded interior
- Lack of specific information
Updated 07/28/2014: We created a rendering for the production version of the LF-Lc. Click past the jump for details.