It might debut as soon as this fall.
There's a bizarre rumor from Japan that Lexus is getting a sports coupe (rendering of LF-Z concept above) using the Toyota GR 86 (and Subaru BRZ) platform, according to Spyder7. To make the vehicle even weirder, it allegedly comes with hybrid power. The name for this machine is purportedly UC, which stands for Urban Coupe.
The powertrain is allegedly the 2.4-liter flat four-cylinder from the 86 and BRZ but with added electrification from either a plug-in hybrid or mild hybrid assistance. This would provide a boost over the existing version of the engine's 228 horsepower (170 kilowatts) and 184 pound-feet (249 newton-meters) pound-feet of torque.
Gallery: 2022 Toyota GR 86 Debut
The UC would ride on a stretched version of the GR86's platform, according to Spyder7. Where the Toyota measures 167.9 inches (4,264.66 millimeters), the Lexus would allegedly be closer to 177.2 inches (4,500 millimeters). For comparison, the current Lexus RC is 185-inches long (4699 millimeters).
The Japanese site Creative Trend picked up the Spyder7 report and added the allegation that the UC was going to debut in fall 2021. Although, it didn't cite a source for this date.
The prospect of a small, more affordable sports coupe from Lexus sounds great. Given the current popularity of crossovers, though, we have to take all of this speculation with a large grain of salt. The RC and LC are already slow sellers for the brand in the US, so adding a third two-door vehicle doesn't seem to have a strong business case.