New Lexus Coupe Based on Toyota GR 86 Spied in Japan

All signs point to Lexus readying another variant of a Toyota product.

Following the NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid SUV, which shares its powertrain with the RAV4 Prime, the Japanese automaker’s luxury brand appears to be working on a new entry-level sports coupe based on the recently introduced GR 86.

We’re beyond the rumours now as spy photographers have caught a GR 86 with a face that bears Lexus’ signature Spindle grille design.

These shots are all but confirming that a small coupe—possibly called UC or NC—will join the sporty RC and the luxurious LC in a not-so-distant future, helping Lexus attract younger customers.

Such a car would obviously need to be more powerful than the GR 86, which is rated at 228 horsepower. According to some of the rumours, the flat-four engine would be paired with an electric motor in some kind of hybrid setup.

Photo: @marin_kawasaki/Twitter

On the other hand, unlike Toyota’s coupe, we don’t expect the Lexus variant to be available with a manual gearbox, while the suspension will likely get more comfort-oriented tuning. Inside, we envision more refined materials and a next-gen, touchpad-less HMI similar to the one in the 2022 Lexus NX.

Stay tuned for further details and a possible announcement in the coming months. And remember that Japanese website Best Car Web predicted last February that three new F-branded models will make their debut before the end of 2021. One of them is already known—the 2022 IS 500 F Sport Performance sedan packing a 472-horsepower V8 engine.

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