The brand may have offered a glimpse at a future V8 performance car at this year’s SEMA motor show in Las Vegas, where a US tuning firm helped build a 5.6-litre version of the LC 500 with 391kW of naturally aspirated power.
According to Autoblog, meanwhile, the 10-speed automatic moves the lockup clutch inside the transmission house instead of packing it in the torque converter. This allows a stronger multi-plate design and faster shifts, but they are a little too fast and hard in the sportier drive processes.
The only options on local models will include a choice of colours as well as an enhancement pack that brings luxury extras such as a carbon fibre roof that replaces the standard sunroof, as well as an active rear spoiler, variable ratio steering, four-wheel steering and sport seats with alcantara-accented trim.
Lexus expects the majority of owners to plump for the V8 model, which features an active exhaust and limited slip differential as standard, with hybrid sales likely to fill less than a quarter of orders.
Lexus seems confident about its upcoming flagship coupe, and is expecting to sell around 400 a month in the US which would put it in-line with its core competitors: the Jaguar F-Type, BMW 6 series and Mercedes’ SL and S-class coupe.