Lexus F-Range to Spawn Hybrid Sports Cars
Autocar recently had the opportunity to chat with a lead engineer from Lexus and according to the ex-development lead of the Lexus LF-A project, there are a few new high-performance models lined up for the future. The interaction with Haruhiko Tanahashi also raised rumors about a V-8 powered RC F coupe that could be headed for the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.
So, although an LF-A replacement won’t happen in the near future, a couple of F models may provide some excitement. That is until a more reasonably priced LF-A enters the fray.
The new ’F products’ would form the Japanese car maker’s premium high-performance range, starting with the RC F, GS-F and IS F. Lexus is gearing-up to introduce the second-generation IS F sedan for a later date, while the RC Coupe could get a V-8 engine transplant soon.
On top of all of these in-the-works goodies, Lexus officials also hint of performance hybrids being a part of the F-product lineup. That is sure to get anybody amped up — gratuitous electricity pun very much intended.
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Previously, we reported about Lexus having trademarked the name "RC F," which was a clear indication of a future model. Although, information about the upcoming Lexus RC F is scarce, we do understand that a 5.0-liter V-8 will likely power the performance coupe.
This would be interesting, as keeping it company would BMW’s brand new M4. The present Lexus RC range includes a 315 horsepower RC 350 and 176 horsepower RC 300h hybrid, and the RC F would round out the lineup and keep it right in line with the rest of the 4 Series.
The Lexus IS F will soon enter its second generation with a re-bodied exterior. The base IS sedan already features Lexus’ new design, which will be carried over to the new IS F. That said, under the hood, it will be powered by the same 416-horsepower V-8 and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Another Lexus rumored to make its debut during the 2014 Detroit motor show is the GS F sedan, which is the car touted to be a BMW M5 rival. It will interesting to see how it fares against the German duo of BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. The GS F could use the same engine from the IS F, albeit in a higher state of tune. Expect somewhere around 450 horsepower from the V-8 engine.