The people have spoken and Toyota/Lexus has listened. The well received Lexus LF-LC concept has now been slated to go into production as a 2017 model with the returning SC badge. Although originally intended as a concept to preview future styling themes, rave reviews have easily persuaded Toyota to put the elegant LF-LC into production. Additionally, we’ve also learned that the production version of the LF-LC will revive Lexus’ SC badge last seen way back in 2010 and that it will offer this new SC (much as before) with two power-train options; a naturally aspirated V-8 and a V-6 paired with Lexus’s next-generation hybrid technology.
The proposed V-8 for the new SC is said to be an up-rated version of the 5.0-liter V-8 powering the 2015 RC F, with peak output said to be 475 horsepower. In the RC F, Lexus has only said that the engine will produce in excess of 450 hp.
The hybrid setup is said to combine a 3.5-liter V-6 with Lexus’ next-generation Hybrid Synergy Drive system. Described as a “multi-hybrid” system, it will deliver substantially more power than previous Lexus hybrid technology and in the new SC is said to offer as much as 500 hp. You may recall that the LF-LC concept was said to be powered by a new hybrid drivetrain rated at 500 hp as well.
Other technologies expected to make their appearance in the new SC is a 10-speed automatic transmission from Aisin AW; multi-material construction including components made from steel, aluminum and even some carbon fiber and and torque vectoring. Though not mentioned in the report, it’s possible that the chassis will be the same one being developed by Toyota (with help from BMW) for an FT-1-based Supra. (Supra Fan-Boys rejoice!)
Lexus is said to be aiming to launch its new SC around 2017. Direct competition should come from the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and Maserati Gran Turismo, meaning pricing will likely fall somewhere between $100,000 and $130,000. At that price this SC is an expensive endeavor but far more interesting than the competition and this makes us hopeful.