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Next Lexus IS Sports Sedan Will Be Larger, Debuts In 2020?

| Auto News | 01.08.2018

Black Lexus LFA supercar

A Lexus continues to look for ways to infuse more emotion into its lineup, a new report claims that it will further expand its performance-oriented F brand by introducing electrified models and maybe even a successor to the LFA supercar. ^

Speaking with Auto Express at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lexus president Yoshihiro Sawa hinted that some or all of the F branded models (e.g. IS F, RC F and GS F), which to date have all been powered by a V8, will eventually offer a hybrid powertrain. He stated:

“F is very important; with F we have to think of our own original way. One solution could be a pure F GT car, which could be a hybrid with an electric motor and a strong engine, giving a different kind of drive feel. We don’t stick to V8, V10, twin-turbocharged; they’re important but we’re looking at the future. We’d like to find a way to connect to the next era.”

The discontinued Lexus LFA sourced its power from a V10 engine, so whatever Lexus has in store for its successor, if anything, will likely also be electrified in one form or another.

When asked about Lexus potentially building a sports car based on the new Toyota Supra / BMW Z4 project, Sawa said he couldn’t comment on it.

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