Lexus has promised an all-new performance model with something they’re calling #AsphaltUp design engineering. The car has been created from scratch and is, reportedly, not based on any other model in the lineup, past or present.
Designed from the asphalt up, the Lexus F will be a “bold, gritty, experience synonymous with the famed Lexus F heritage.”
So what will this new car be? That’s a good question and one that, so far, Lexus hasn’t answered. The luxury arm of Toyota is playing this one close to the vest, no doubt hoping to build a little excitement in the month or so we have to wait until its reveal at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit this January. You can expect a few hints and updates between now an then, though.
For now, all we get is the wheel and an F badge for the car’s nomen.
In the meantime, let’s go play some prognostication. We predict that the car will be similar to the much-loved Supra with design cues from the LF-LC Concept, which has been hugely popular since it entered the limelight not long ago. This being Toyota, though, there may be a twist thrown in. Perhaps a hybrid drive with a bigger engine than the usual Atkinsons they’ve been cramming into the small Prius lineup?
Looking into the Lexus line of vehicles, we see that the IS-F is sporty and has a big V8. Why not put that into another car, add on the low-end torque that comes with electrification, and then pack it all into a coupe body so the Supra lovers can stop whining about not having a two-door power glider?
We’d see that as perfection. Really, really cool, luxurious, fast-paced perfection. Mmm hmmm.