Lexus president suggests F performance models could be electrified

The president of Lexus has suggested that the brand’s F performance models could undergo electrification in the future.

Speaking at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Yoshihiro Sawa indicated that electrified powertrains could sit alongside the brand’s petrol engines, and that a bespoke F hybrid GT could also be an option.

So far, all three F models – the IS F, RC F and GS F – have all been equipped with petrol V8 engines, but Sawa was sure of the need to embrace hybrid power, with the best model in which to do so being a standalone F GT.

He explained that there is the need for a stronger emotional connection with buyers in order to create a true rivalry between Lexus and its German competitors, and that the Japanese brand’s GT3 racing and F division could help with this.

According to Auto Express, Sawa said: “F is very important. With F, we have to think of our own original way. One solution could be a pure F GT car, which could be a hybrid with an electric motor and a strong engine, giving a different kind of drive feel. We don’t stick to V8, V10, twin-turbocharged; they’re important but we’re looking at the future. We’d like to find a way to connect to the next era.

“I think that now we’re in a transitional period. At this moment, people say EVs are trendy, but three years later, who knows? People like the sound and the dynamics [of petrol cars]. I think we cannot stick to the one solution when it comes to providing emotion.”

Tristan Shale-Hester


July 16, 2018

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