NEW LEXUS SC COMING
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.
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.