Now Motor Trend is reporting that the LF-LC range will be spearheaded by a high performance F model. Under the bonnet of this range-topping F coupe will be a twin-turbocharged 5.0-litre V8 spitting out around 447kW of power.
This engine is essentially a turbocharged version of the 5.0-litre V8 that will be used in the RC F coupe. In the smaller IS-based coupe, the 5.0-litre V8 is said to produce more than 330kW of power and 520Nm of torque. The RC F should race from 0-100km/h in around 4.8 seconds.
Sitting below the F version of the LF-LC coupe will be a hybrid drivetrain, possibly shared with BMW, that will have around 373kW at its disposal. The entry-level edition of the production LF-LC will feature a naturally aspirated V8, likely the RC F's 5.0-litre V8, with about 335kW.
We've heard conflicting reports as to the badge the production LF-LC will wear, with the two contenders being SC and LC. Motor Trend's sources are convinced that the former is a certainty.
If Lexus does go with the SC badge, it will provide the new car with a clear link to the marque's history. The original SC (above), was never officially sold in Australia and was known as the third-generation Toyota Soarer in its homeland. On sale between 1991 and 2000, the elegant rear-wheel-drive SC coupe was fitted with either a 3.0-litre straight-six or a 4.0-litre V8. A 2.5-litre turbocharged straight-six was also available in Soarer-badged models.
The second-generation SC, which was sold in Australia, ditched the coupe body style to become a retractable hardtop convertible and was powered exclusively by a 4.3-litre V8. Although this model soldiered on until 2010, it was neither a critical nor sales success.