The 2021 versions of both Lexus IS and Lexus LS focused on refining what the company calls “Lexus Driving Signature”, and posting a new map for Lexus sedans where engaging driving is a core product. If this report from Japan Best car network pans out, Lexus can fulfill that promise by offering hot versions of both IS and LS.
The compact 3-Series Combat IS is planned to get the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 from the Lexus RC F, the report says. It will mark the return of the beloved IS F, a model that appeared a generation back in 2008 with the same 5.0 under the hood. The engine has been adjusted since then, which made 472 hp in the RC F. It is an incredible engine, one that makes the otherwise uncompetitive RC F desirable. But the company is working on an aging and cramped platform, one that requires large dents into the passenger compartment to fit four-wheel drive and still uses a six-speed gearbox in the top-trimmed all-wheel drive configuration.
When asked if the October 5.0-liter V-8 would even fit, a Lexus spokesman declined to comment. The pressure on whether a new IS F was on the horizon, the spokesperson would not comment, but did not deny it directly. A Lexus source says a new IS variant will be launched next month, but declined to share details or confirm that it would be a 5.0-powered IS F.
If the rumors are to be assumed, however, this is far from the most powerful F-model in the container. Best car network also says that a warmer version of the LC500 is coming, something that has been rumored for a long time. Lexus has officially confirmed that it has a twin-turbo V-8 under development, but now we have reported specifications: a 4.0-liter twin-turbo turbine that produces up to 660 hp and torque of 479 lb-ft. It̵
Now for comment, a spokesman for Lexus says that the company does not comment on future products. We’ll have to wait and see if any of these rumors go out, but it would certainly be nice to see Lexus take the big power battle of its German and Italian competitors.
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