Lexus is building a brand new twin-turbo V8

By topgear, 19 December 2019

Lexus has built a new engine for a new car that’ll take on an old race. Behold, the Lexus LC Coupe, which will feature a new twin-turbo V8 ready for the 2020 edition of the Nürburgring 24hrs.

Not a bad place to test a shiny new engine, then. Lexus hasn’t given us any information about said new engine, other than it is new, it will have a pair of turbos, it is a V8, and… that it is “destined for use in future road cars”.

Which is good news. The current 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 in the LC Coupe is a good ‘un, no doubt, and with 471bhp isn’t shy of a horsepower or two.

(Click HERE to read the LC500 review)

But a twin-turbo one will bring with it more power (one hopes), and even less shyness. Which is better. Take your guess as to exactly how much power, and how many litres said V8 will bring.

(For a similar twin-turbo V8 coupe, click HERE to read about the BMW M8)

Elsewhere, Lexus will also test out other technologies in the racing LC Coupe that’ll also filter down to its road cars. Stuff like lightweighting, increased body stiffness, improved aero and driver assists.

And more stuff like lightweight wheels, “high-response shock absorbers” and vehicle stability control upgrades.

We’ll bring you more news as we have it.

STORY Vijay Pattni

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