The final development of Panzerkampfwagen II was the Panzerspaehwagen II Ausf L Luchs (Lynx) - Sd.Kfz.123 (VK 1303). This light reconnaissance tank was produced by MAN and Henschel (in small numbers) from September 1943 to January 1944. An order for 800 was made, but only 104 (some sources state 134) were manufactured (chassis number 200101-200200). MAN developed the chassis and Daimler-Benz the superstructure and turret. The Luchs was a development of the VK 901 (Ausf G) and used its modified suspension and hull. It was powered by the 180hp 6-cylinder Maybach HL66P engine withf ZF Aphon SSG48 gearbox. The Luchs weighed 13 tons and had a road range of 290km. The four-man crew consisted of a commander, gunner, driver, and radio-operator. Communication equipment consisted of the FuG12 MW receiver and 80-watt transmitter. The communication between the crew was by the use of intercom.
This light reconnaissance tank saw service until the end of the war on both the Eastern and Western Front with Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilungen (armored reconnaissance detachments) of Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS. Reported users include the 116th Panzer Division on the Western Front, and the 3rd, 4th, and 6th Panzer Division on the Eastern Front. It is reported that both the 3rd SS Panzer Division Totenkopf and 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking on the Eastern Front also used the Luchs.
Vehicles sent to the Eastern Front were mounted with additional frontal armor plates for increased protection. Small numbers was fitted with additional radio equipment and antennas, serving as reconnaissance communication vehicles. The Luchs was to be eventually armed with the (Luchs 5 cm) 50mm KwK 39 L/60 gun (VK 1602 Leopard), but only variants with 20mm KwK 38 L/55 cannon were produced. The 20mm cannon was fitted with a TZF6 optical sight, and had a rate of fire of 420 to 480 rounds per minute. It is also reported, but not confirmed, that 31 Luchs were mounted with an open-top turret armed with the 50mm KwK 39 L/60 gun and began equipping troops in late 1943. Also, plans were made to produce a recovery version, the Bergepanzer Luchs, but they never materialized. Along with Bergepanzer Luchs, a scale model of the Flakpanzer Luchs anti-aircraft tank based on a lengthened chassis (VK 1305) and armed with either the 20mm Flakvierling or 37mm Flak 36 gun was made, but this project was never realized.