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Old 07-06-2013, 08:11 AM   #1
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Default Could this be a potential new Lexus SC successor?

Remember the Lexus SC? Yea, the brand’s one and only flagship two-door luxury coupe that ended up being a bubbly hardtop convertible for the second generation? Well, there’s a distinct possibility that Lexus may be in the works to revitalized the once successful Lexus luxury coupe.
The first generation was quite a success as it was Lexus’s first attempt at producing a flagship luxury coupe. Since it ended production in 2000, it grew into being an instant cult classic as being the “luxury Toyota Supra,” thanks to the choice of either the Supra’s original non-turbocharged “2JZ” inline-six, or Lexus’s luscious 4.0L V8 lifted from the LS400.
The second generation met more criticism than praise for its polarizing shape and lackluster driving characteristics. That said, most of us were unsure as to whether Lexus could carry on producing the SC430, or even the SC period. But this would be a rather foolish move since Lexus clearly has had their sights stuck on the best from Germany and America since, ever, with no sign of letting up. To not have a car compete in one of the luxury segments’ most successful markets would not allow them to compete to the fullest.

Resultantly, some photo renderings have appeared in a local Japanese magazine, which was found via Lexus enthusiast site, ClubLexus.com. It appears to have taken heavily from both the LF-A and the LF-LC Hybrid Concept, and whoever completed the rendering did quite the job of making a very attractive Lexus coupe. Ok, maybe the schnoz could use some toning down, but still.
Speculation and rumors point that should a new SC take form, it could utilize a powerful hybrid powertrain that may come from a mish-mosh of tech from the GS450h and Lexus’s current standard 4.6L V8 for grand total of 500hp. An “SC F” coupe may also prove to be a possibility.
Either way, we won’t know for sure. But it still is something to ponder about and it would be nice to see Lexus produce a luxury sports coupe that’s more achievable than their end-all-be-all LF-A supercar.
- By: Chris Chin
Source: ClubLexus.com via AutoEvolution
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:55 PM   #2
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If that comes out, I will buy it, replace the Lexus badges with Toyota, and put a nice Supra emblem some where on the back.
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:58 AM   #3
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Does look nice but at $60k maybe not
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Old 07-07-2013, 04:22 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by jmonty View Post
Does look nice but at $60k maybe not
$60k for that Lexus isn't a bad deal. But you are right at that price point I'm looking at other cars.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:08 PM   #5
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The sc4xx's have always been comfortable cars. They aren't really great sports cars, but they are excellent gt cars.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:49 PM   #6
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Always and an SC4xx. Smooth V8 engine, RWD, and two doors...winning combo even the car itself isn't a great looker/handler. A SC-F coupe with a stick would be cool, but even the IS-F has a traditional torque-converted automatic (albeit with a trick converter etc).
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:54 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by jmonty View Post
Does look nice but at $60k maybe not
500hp v8 Lexus coupe will cost more than 60k.
M3, jag f, sl550 are competitors and those are 65+k
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:52 PM   #8
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Looks sick hope they make it.
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Old 07-08-2013, 09:38 PM   #9
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That looks really good. Poor man's LF-A. I think it will cost in the 70s
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Old 07-09-2013, 12:52 PM   #10
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:54 PM   #11
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That grille. Ugh. Hideous.

Seriously, that picture looks like something you would see in a funhouse mirror.
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:36 PM   #12
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Designers seem to always copy styles knowing that the public will only adapt/accept so much of a departure from whatever the current style is... I'm in agreement that the front bumper is over the top/trying too hard/LOOK at me/not classy/understated... Lexus is trying hard though to differentiate itself from Toyota to justify the higher $ tag. I just wish that meant a less stylized result and MORE power/driving dynamics sort of like what Audi is trying to do with the S/RS models (even they are starting to water those down in some respects)....

I do miss having an SC! Had a 1995 and poured too much $$ into the thing, but I do miss having a better looking car to pickup the hot blond in, or to take on a long trip without the loud exhaust/nvh/"you're 35 why do you drive a punk kid wrx???" getting old. It was a comfortable/classy car for the daily grind.

Not bad for $10k used with 62k miles... ran it to 108k miles and wish I kept it!

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