Friday, February 28, 2020
News Toyota Gazoo Racing Develops Twin-Turbo V8 For Lexus

Toyota Gazoo Racing Develops Twin-Turbo V8 For Lexus

This twin turbo V8 engine has been a long-time coming for Lexus but this makes us a little sad at the same time.

  • Gazoo Racing will use this engine in their Nürburgring 24 Hours Race Lexus LC race car.
  • Rumours suggest it puts out over 600-horsepower.
  • The engine will find its way into production vehicles in the future.

Lexus, for most, doesn’t build sports cars. Production of the legendary Lexus LFA ended exactly eight years ago and with only 500 built, they are extremely rare in the wild. Despite Lexus’ efforts to sell “F” cars, such as the RC F and GS F, sales have been extremely timid at best. A new 600+horsepower twin-turbo V8 will change something…

The sadness in us comes from the fact the current naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 found in the RC F, GS F and LC is an absolute delight. It’s creamy, powerful, and vocal enough to be drool-worthy. However, its 467/471/472-horsepower (depending on the car) are simply not enough to command big money from enthusiasts. Don’t get us wrong, If we had $100,000, an Ultrasonic Blue exterior with Circuit Red interior 2020 GS F would be in our top 20 cars to consider at this price point…

This new twin-turbo V8 engine developed by Toyota Gazoo Racing will open up a whole new page in Lexus performance. The only issue we see going forward is a near $100k price tag ($85k today) for the next-generation RC F with the V8TT and a $125,000+ price tag for the LC 600 (?). Not to mention, will it be too little too late for a performance variant of this calibre to not be electrified? Perhaps it will be.

There are no details on when to expect the V8TT but we suspect it won’t be before 2021.

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,400 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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