Along with the convertible, Lexus is also reportedly considering an all-wheel-drive LC and higher-performance LC F with a turbocharged version of the 5.0-litre V8. However, we probably won’t see an LC F for a while, as another Lexus engineer says it isn’t possible to stick a turbo onto the current V8. If it’s green-lit, we’ll likely see the F model after the LC’s mid-cycle update in a few years.
As for the LC lineup as a whole, Lexus expects to sell around 400 examples per month. It’s still set to hit dealers in June 2017 at the latest, priced between US$80,000 and US$120,000.
So far, Lexus has launched the new LC in LC500 and LC500h specifications. The LC500 features a 350kW 5.0-litre V8 connected to the rear wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The LC500h has a 264kW hybrid system with a 3.5-litre V6 and an electric motor. The hybrid setup drives the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission.