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Mike Stevens | Jun, 12 2014 | 2 Comments


The svelte and powerful Lexus LF-LC concept is back in the spotlight this week, with new reports of a confirmed debut planned for 2017.

TMR last reported on the whispers of a production LF-LC in December, when it was reported that the concept would be transformed into a next-generation SC.

That remains the story this week, and according to Japan’s Holiday Auto, the project has made great strides in recent months.

To set itself apart from the already muscly RC Coupe - which is more of a two-door companion to the IS sedan - the new SC will reportedly steer close to the supercar styling of the LF-LC.

But unlike the limited-edition and V10-powered LFA, the new SC - something of an ‘LFA lite’ - is expected to focus on accessibility and style over exclusivity and power.

Don’t expect a weakling though, with motivation sources believed to include a 370kW petrol-electric six-cylinder hybrid system and RC F Coupe’s 5.0 litre V8, producing around 350kW in SC form.

Of particular interest is a rumour that the new SC will feature a 10-speed auto developed by Aisin AW, including the ‘Sport Direct Shift’ system used by Lexus today.

The body of the new coupe will reportedly incorporate high-strength steels, along with a liberal use of aluminium and carbon fibre panels and components to keep weight down.

Holiday Auto adds that we can expect to see a more advanced version of the LF-LC concept in the next year, revealing a more production-friendly look.

Expect the new SC to feature impressively premium looks and materials inside and out, ensuring that an appropriate gap exists between the Lexus coupe and its expected Toyota-badged stablemate.

For now, it is believed the new SC will appear at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, with a production debut to occur in the months after.

NOTE: Top modified LF-LC concept rendering sourced from Holiday Auto.

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