Spyshots of what appears to be a production Lexus LF-LC have hit the web, snapped by several sources during testing in Southern California.
The heavily camouflaged prototype is presumed to be the upcoming Lexus flagship grand tourer, according to the photographers from The Smoking Tire and Steering News who captured the images. The car was undergoing testing in Angeles Crest, a popular automaker haunt near Los Angeles, wearing Michigan manufacturer plates and accompanied by a Porsche 911, BMW 650i, (likely benchmark vehicles) and Lexus LS.
The Lexus LF-LC was revealed initially at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The automaker then followed up unexpectedly with a second concept at the Sydney Motor Show several months later. There’s even been a race version seen in the Gran Turismo video game.
Likely built on a shortened variation of the platform underpinnig the next-generation Lexus LS, rumored powerplants include a 5.0L V8 and a hybrid V8 capable of 500hp, both borrowed from existing Lexus sedans. Reports of a possible F version, powered by a twin-turbo V8 capable of over 600hp, has been floated as well.
Though precious few details are known, these spy shots give us the best indication yet of the 2+2 luxury GT’s size and intended competition.
Images by Daniel DeRosa for Steering News and Matt Farah for The Smoking Tire.