There's a wild rumor going around about Lexus. But if it's true, then it could be exciting times for the company. Supposedly, the Japanese luxury brand will be introducing a sports coupe in the future, and it will use the Toyota GR 86 as the base platform. Here's where things get even more interesting. The vehicle will allegedly use a hybrid powertrain, and it could be called the UC.
The source of the rumor comes from the Japanese website Spyder7. According to the publication, rumors of the possible Lexus UC surfaced as soon as the GR 86 debuted in Japan. However, no specifics were detailed apart from the name and the platform were mentioned. No doubt everything is mostly speculation at the moment.
Regarding the hybrid powertrain, the UC will supposedly use the existing 2.4-liter flat-four found in the GR 86 and the Subaru BRZ. However, it might get added electrification from either a plug-in hybrid system or a mild-hybrid setup. Should it be true, the 2.4-liter Boxer engine could make more than the standard 228 horsepower with 249 Nm torque.
Compared to the GR 86, the Lexus UC could also be a bit longer at around 4,500mm. As for design, it will likely adopt Lexus' signature styling cues. One possibility is that it will adopt mixed cues from the two Lexus coupes, LC and the RC F. Likewise, expect the usual Lexus touch inside with a digital instrument cluster and a large infotainment display.
The idea of a GR 86 model from Lexus does seem out there, but it's not impossible. The brand's smallest coupe today is the RC, and it's still quite big. Having a smaller 86/BRZ size model could allow the company to take advantage of a certain market. Given the lack of information, it's best to take this news with a (large) grain of salt. Still, Lexus can surprise us, though.