Just days after Lexus claimed that it’s not going to make the LF-C2 concept a reality we are learning that another LF concept is indeed making it to production. According to a report from AutoCar, Lexus is going to launch the LF-LC concept as a production car that will wear the currently shelved SC nomenclature.
For those of you who don’t know the history of the Lexus SC, it was available as a sports coupe in the U.S. from 1992 through 2000, then moved to being a four-seat sporty convertible from 2002 through 2010. In its top trim level (the SC 400 through 2000 and SC 430 from 2002 through 2010), the SC featured a V-8 powerplant driving the rear wheels, making it a proper sports tourer, something that Lexus has lacked since its elimination.
If AutoCar’s report , which quotes the head of Lexus Europe himself, is accurate, then fans of performance-oriented Lexus models should rejoice. In talking about the LF0LC becoming the new SC, the Lexus executive said “It is true that we are evaluating this car as a potential halo car, to take on the role of the Lexus LFA supercar in a more affordable way. The LFA was an incredible project; it showed what we could do and it brought all sorts of positives to Lexus.” If a more affordable successor to the LFA isn’t enough to get your heart racing, then I don’t know what to tell you.
According to the report, the SC will retain its V-8-powered, rear-wheel-drive roots, but its V-8 engine will be boosted by an electric motor. This drivetrain will combine for at least 480 horsepower, according to rumors.
The platform that this tourer will sit atop is still unknown. Lexus could simply repurpose the upcoming LS chassis, but there is also the possibility that Lexus will build a chassis specifically for the SC. If you ask me, if you’re going to create a halo car like this, it should have its own chassis.
AutoCar also claims that the SC will debut by 2016, which means we won’t have to wait too long to see this rig in the metal.