Lexus LC F project suspended, but new twin-turbo V8 lives on – report
Development of the Lexus LC F sportscar has reportedly been suspended, according to Japanese website Car Sensor.
The flagship Lexus coupe was expected to launch in late 2020 with a twin-turbo V8, with some rumours suggesting the car would be all-wheel-drive.
On June 22, Toyota announced it would be gradually slowing its Japanese assembly lines, blaming COVID-19 for shrinking sales and dwindling factory output.
Lexus has reportedly signed off on a convertible version of the LC, while an LC F performance hero also looks set for production in the coming years.
According to a new article by the UK's Auto Express, internal sources claim the drop-top LC has already been approved, while the 'F'-branded version is looking likely for production as well.
The convertible is said to be heading to production within the next 18-24 months, filling a key gap in the Japanese marque's line-up.
Lexus might make a convertible LC, but no F model before new V8 arrives
The Lexus LC coupe could gain a convertible and a high-performance LC F companion down the track, but the drop-top is likely to appear well ahead of any hardcore go-fast model.
Automotive News reports that a Lexus LC convertible is a strong possibility, and would be one of the first derivatives to emerge if Toyota decides to expand the LC range.