Next-Generation Lexus SC Flagship Coupe to Debut Next Year?

Lexus SC Car and Driver Rendering

The latest issue of Car & Driver has some new information on the rumored next-generation Lexus SC based on the LF-LC concept:

Platform: The SC is the first offering on a new platform that will be shared with the next-generation LS and other models. At launch, this coupe will be rear-drive, but four-wheel drive might be added later.

POWERTRAIN: Initially, the SC will use a version of the 5.0-liter V-8 currently making 467 horsepower in the GS F and RC F. (A hybrid is also likely at launch).

But with a 640-hp Cadillac CTS-V available, to say nothing of AMGs and M cars, Lexus knows that its naturally aspirated 5.0 is a bit overmatched. So it will follow the lead of the Germans and produce a twin-turbo version of its V-8 to power an F edition of the car.

ESTIMATED ARRIVAL & PRICE: Expect the production SC to be unveiled at an early 2016 auto show with an on-sale date later that year. Price should be in the $80,000-to-$95,000 range.

For completion’s sake, here’s a full scan of the page:

Lexus SC Full Page Car and Driver

Should this information prove to be true, there would be very little to complain about — a base model SC 500 with 467-hp is a great start, and SC F gets even better when you consider Toyota Motorsport pulled 641-hp from a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8. Lexus is likely to be more conservative, but anything over 600-hp is magic.

Getting ahead of myself for sure, but can you imagine if Lexus releases a new SC and a new LS in the same year?

(Thanks Alex!)