Saturday, February 4, 2023
News Lexus Could Make its Next F Models Hybrid Before They Go Electric

Lexus Could Make its Next F Models Hybrid Before They Go Electric

Lexus will replace its 5.0L V8 with a hybrid powertrain in the next generation of its F performance models

  • The 5.0L V8 in the RCF and the IS 500 F-Performance is nearing the end of its career

  • Future F models will likely be powered by hybrid powertrains

  • These new models could arrive in about 4 years.

Lexus could be going down the hybridisation route for its performance models, according to the brand’s general manager.

This is because the 5.0L V8 that currently powers the RCF and the new IS 500 F-performance is reaching the end of its career.

This engine was introduced back in 2007 to power the ISF and despite being well liked by enthusiasts, the current wave of electric and hybrid performance models is beginning to make it obsolete.

In order to keep up with times, Lexus will replace it with hybrid powertrains in its performance-oriented models, before going full electric.

According to the brand’s general manager, this change could come in about 4 years due to the product cycle which dictates that the IS, which was modernised for the 2021 model year, will need a refresh in 2026.

No details have been revealed as to what hybrid technology will be used, and there are a few possibilities even when considering only what Lexus currently offers.

It could be a self-contained hybrid system like the LC 500h uses, which combines a traditional hybrid system with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, or it could be a plug-in hybrid system similar to the one introduced in the new NX 450h+, which is the most powerful and the most fuel efficient NX ever.

If it follows that second path, however, it is expected to receive a more powerful gasoline engine in order to deliver an output that is in the same ballpark as the current V8 powered versions.


Trending Now

The Suzuki Jimny is going electric, but don’t expect it in North America

The Suzuki Jimny EV won't come to North America. The little SUV is still part of the kei car category in Japan. The...

Nissan Shows Off Pole-to-Pole Adventure Ariya EV

Team driving Ariya EV from pole to pole Journey will take 27,000 km, but plenty of coffee Nissan has just revealed the vehicle that...

The 2023 Targa Newfoundland “Race the Rock” Event Will Pit EVs Against ICEs

The legendary endurance race takes place in Newfoundland, Canada. It happens between September 14th and 21st. This year's Targa Newfoundland will host a competition...

MINI 2023 Lineup: Models And Changes Overview

The MINI Clubman is no longer available in Canada. Simplified equipment group lineups across the model line. New colours, new features, and of...

Nissan is Still Aiming to Launch its First EV with Solid-State Batteries in 2028

Nissan is one of many automakers that believe solid-state batteries will be a key part of making EVs more popular. The company will...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.