Toyota completes production of V8 enginesAugust 11, 2020
Toyota has been developing a new twin-turbo V8 engine that should produce over 600 horsepower in the upcoming Lexus LC F.
Sadly, a new report has come from Japan which says Toyota is scrapping V8 engine development entirely. The new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine is expected to replace the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter and 5.7-liter V8s. The latter can be found in Toyota Tundra and Sequoia today, while the former is found in the Lexus RC F and LC 500. Both engines will be discontinued due to their inability to meet the new emission requirements.
The Japanese publication claims that Toyota will instead focus on turbocharged V6s and electrified powertrains for the foreseeable future. Although the information is still preliminary and there are no links to anonymous sources, the magazine offered an explanation for Toyota’s decision: Covid-19.
This new twin-turbo V8 engine was supposedly to be used in the LC racing coupe at the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring, which was canceled this year, like nearly every other event. The eventual LC F road legal vehicle will become a niche model and having a unique and expensive engine no longer makes much financial sense, even for a major global automaker like Toyota. The pandemic is changing everything.
If you imagine for a moment that Toyota has actually given up on V8 development, it could mean that the LC F won’t be in production either. Earlier this summer, it became known that the LC F project had been closed, again due to uncertainty caused by the pandemic. It would be logical to assume that his engine will suffer the same fate.
Given the new realities and the drive for electrification coming faster than ever, the news that Toyota has ditched this new V8 entirely is not shocking. Turbocharging and electrification offer even more exciting possibilities. We expect Toyota North America to comment on the situation later.
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