According to Peter Lyon of Japanese magazine Holiday Auto, the Lexus SC nameplate will return with the production model based on the LF-LC concept car:
The new Lexus SC seems to have it all: Styling to take on Europe’s best, two powerful engine choices, the world’s first 10-speed automatic, and a price tag hovering around $150,000.
Targeting rivals like the Mercedes Benz SL500 and the Maserati Gran Turismo Sport, the SC will be offered with two engine variations. Our source tells us that the flagship model will employ a revised version of the RC-F’s naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 pumping out 354kW while a 3.5-litre V6 hybrid will generate at least 373kW.
The SC could well redefine Lexus in the super grand tourer class. Our source could not help himself, when he said: “Buyers will be getting a coupe that offers almost identical power and driving dynamics as the LFA but for less than half the price.” Food for thought.
Lyons was very accurate with details on the Lexus RC before its launch, so I’m inclined to believe this information — nothing in the rumor seems far-fetched.
A 2017 launch date is mentioned, one year off from previous rumors. The rumored Porsche 911 competitor collaboration from Lexus & BMW could also be released in 2017, which would make for quite the year.
(Despite the mixed opinion on the second-generation SC 430, the nameplate has history with Lexus and deserves to be revived.)