Report: Lexus Says New V10 Will Be Exclusive to LFA

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Yesterday we reported on rumors that the Lexus LFA’s 4.8-liter V10 engine would find its way into the upcoming GS F. Today Lexus of Europe is denying those rumors. Via Twitter, Lexus of Europe said that the high-revving V10 engine is bespoke, hinting that its pretty much exclusive to the Japanese brand’s new supercar.

We can’t say we’re surprised. While using the new high-tech engine in other models would help to cut down production costs and create a nice brand continuity, it also has the possibility of devaluing the LFA. After all, it doesn’t make much sense if you can get a car with the same engine for less than a quarter of the LFA’s $375,000 price tag.

Plus, while the 4.8-liter mill does make an impressive 553-hp, its torque of just 354 ft-lbs (which comes on at high rpm) is not only far less the the competition like the MErcedes E63 and Cadillac CTS-V, but would feel even less spectacular in a heavier platform.

The whole discussion might just be a moot point anyway as there are no confirmed reports that the GS F will ever come into existence. If it does, however, we’re hoping to find a nice turbocharged V8 under the hood.

[Source: Twitter]

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