The current Lexus RC F is powered by a 5.0-litre 2UR-GSE naturally aspirated engine that produces 351 kW (477 PS/470 hp) and 530 Nm of torque, and will be the last one to do so. The second generation Lexus RC F is still years away, as the first one went on sale just last year following its world debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Still, a report from Motoring.com.au already confirms that whenever the next generation model arrives, it will sport a turbocharged engine.
Speaking to the Australian publication, Deputy Engineering Chief of the Lexus’ F division, Akio Iwasaki, revealed that a new turbocharged engine is under development for replacing the 5.0litre 2UR-GSE naturally aspirated engine.
“We are developing a turbo motor as a replacement for this one (2UR-GSE),” Mr. Iwasaki said.
“We are investigating it still, but it’s definitely going to be turbocharged… The problem is that [at the moment] turbocharged engines do not fit to one of our three brand philosophies, that of the Limitless Power Feeling.”
Mr. Iwasaki didn’t confirm details about the turbocharging setup though, whether only one turbocharger will be used for the engine, or two.
“It’s still very early in the investigation of which way (we will go),” Mr. Iwasaki said.
Mr. Iwasaki wants turbocharged engine to give the same thrilling feel of driving a naturally aspirated engine, suggests the report.
“The biggest question will be the feeling. Today, turbo gives the same drive feeling at 2000 rpm and 5000 rpm. We don’t want to do that. The Ferrari (488) shows that turbocharged engines don’t have to do it the same way to feel like a diesel. We are investigating that side,” the engineer said.