Lexus LF-LC Spied Testing Near the Nurburgring

The Lexus LF-LC is getting ready for testing at the world famous Nurburgring.

Spy photographers have caught the production Lexus LF-LC close to the Nurburgring, but, unfortunately, they haven’t seen it doing laps yet. It was rumored that the production Lexus LF-LC would revive the SC nameplate for the brand as a luxury performance coupe, but Lexus has also trademarked the LC badge, so we’ll have to wait and see what the automaker decides to do.

Regardless of what the model will be called, Lexus is definitely preparing a sports coupe that will sit above the current RC in the automaker’s lineup. Expect it to closely resemble the LF-LC concept that debuted at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, albeit toned down a bit.

Unfortunately, it’s unclear what engine Lexus will use to power this new model, but a candidate is the same 5.0-liter V8 found in the current RC-F but tuned for more performance. A hybrid V6 model is also a possibility, while an LC-F could see a twin-turbo version of the V8. Our spy photographers also said that the LF-LC has been seen testing alongside a BMW 6 Series, Porsche 911 and Maserati Gran Turismo, hinting at the competition Lexus is gunning for when the model heads to dealerships.

Update: Our spy photographers have sent us additional photos now that the LF-LC took a few laps around the Nurburgring.

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