Production Lexus LF-LC Will Carry the SC Badge



Everyone got excited when Lexus revealed the LF-LC concept vehicle back in 2012.  The car is gorgeous, aggressive, and promising because Lexus has been in need of a coupe (outside of the LFA).


Lexus never got into details whether the car would go into production. The Initial rumor was that they would monitor the sales of the new GS and decide if the LF-LC would go into production later. But it became quite clear that the car was headed to production, thanks to the extremely positive reviews and feedback Lexus receive from media and general public.

Motor Authority published an article earlier this week that the LF-LC indeed is going into production, and it is going to bear the SC badge again.  Those who are familiar with Lexus history know very well about the SC.  The 1st generation SC300/400 was a car ahead of its time.  Its slick look captured the heart of a lot of enthusiasts.  The 2nd generation SC430 was a bit more controversial. It was more of a convertible luxury cruiser than a performance coupe.  Lexus made it heavier, softer, and more isolated from the road.  It boosted the Lexus badge for sure, but most would agree it didn't help cultivate an air of excitement.

Since Lexus discontinued the SC430 in 2010, they've been quiet about the SC. And now with the LF-LC, it seems to be bringing back the excitement again. From Motor Authority's report, Lexus will offer two powertrain options for the car; a V6 hybrid and a naturally aspirated V8.

The V6 hybrid is expected as Lexus continues to push the hybrid technology, but this time around the hybrid system will focus even more on power delivery rather than a mix between gas mileage and power. The rumor is the setup will yield 500hp which is very different from any other current Lexus V6 hybrid.  The NA V8 choice is also interesting.  It's said to be an updated version of the RC F with peak power of around 475hp. At the same time, we know Lexus is working on a turbo V8 setup.  Does that mean the even more powerful turbo V8 setup (likely in the mid 500hp or more) will go into the future SC F?

Only time will tell, but chances of that should be pretty high.  In the meantime, those who are interesting in this future SC should start saving up, the car is going to set you back over $100k.

via [MotorAuthourity]
Roy Ovesen (Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:54:50 -0700): Now, that's a car!
Sylvan Tieger (Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:10:28 -0700): I had 3 Lexus sedans the first was the ES 350 fwd (sucked) the second was the GS 350 AWD great car but a little cramped and was worth every cent of $60,000 with the extra's Now I have the 460L AWD It is faster then the 350 AWD, a lot more roomy lots of extras and for $89,000 it puts my old 560 SEL Mercedes to shame and a lot cheaper to maintain Normally I put under 20,000 miles on a car before trading it in but the 460L handles like a sports car in sport mode feels like a limo in comfort mode and corners amazing even at break neck speeds so I hope to get at least 50,000 miles before trading it in as it is a fun car to drive and the added extras make it really safe Lexus really put safety and quality and luxury in their cars
Stewart Lassner (Sun, 29 Jun 2014 06:22:05 -0700): Henry - you clearly have never driven an SC 430 with the factory 18" wheels and run flats. It drives like a truck, nothing luxury touring at all. I switched to 17
Stewart Lassner (Sun, 29 Jun 2014 06:23:58 -0700): Inch wheels with conventional tires and have enjoying it since 2006.
(Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:29:54 -0700): It makes me proud to work for Lexus, knowing that they're finally showing they can drive the market with "their" engineering, history of racing and their own hybrid technology (that actually holds up under abuse). I also hope their F division gains the respect of the M division of BMW and the AMG portion of Mercedes.