Lexus RX F with V8 engine could happen, but not in the near future

Lexus has announced a range-topping RX F is a possibility, but the model is not a priority right now on the company’s agenda.

Australian magazine Motoring managed to sit down and have a chat with Makoto Tanaka, Lexus’ product planning project leader for the 2016 RX, to find out more about the model’s future. He said it is technically possible to insert the V8 5.0-liter naturally aspirated engine underneath the hood to create a flagship RX F, but that won’t happen in the foreseeable future.

The next best thing on sale today is the RX 350 F Sport with a smaller 3.5-liter V6 producing 300 PS (221 kW) and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft) whereas the larger V8 is rated at 477 PS (351 kW) and 530 Nm (391 lb-ft) of torque in the RC F.

On a related note, senior Lexus executives have announced the next generation of F-badged models will embrace turbocharging to boost efficiency without affecting performance. Details about the new engine are not available at this point, but most likely it will be a six-cylinder unit as nowadays turbocharging goes hand in hand with downsizing.

We remind you that a seven-seat RX prototype was spotted recently preforming tests on public roads, but Toyota President Akio Toyoda said earlier this month it’s Toyota’s job to have a seven-seat crossover. His statement came as a surprise taking into account back in August, Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager Jeff Bracken, declared an announcement could be made “pretty soon.”


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