Fond Farewell: Discontinued Lexus SC 430 to be Replaced by Hybrid

Lexus discontinued production of its unloved SC 430 in July and no one really noticed. Despite that car's lack of success, Lexus is reportedly hard at work on a replacement that will use an updated version of the hybrid powertrain from the LS600h L.

Motor Trend learned about development of the SC 430's replacement, tentatively called the LC600h, from inside sources at Lexus. Those sources say the LC will borrow a number of components from the next-generation LS sedan, including the hybrid powertrain, platform, and an all-wheel-drive system. As it's intended to be a luxury sports coupe, the LS platform will be shortened and the hybrid system's power output will be increased.

According to the inside source, the powertrain will retain the same configuration as in the LS, with a 5.0-liter V-8 and electric motors. The output however, will be bumped up to somewhere around 500 horsepower -- 62 horsepower more than in the current LS600h L. This power will reportedly help accelerate the LC from a standstill to 60 mph in under 5.0 seconds.

The hybrid sports car is currently being next to its four-door platform-mate in both coupe and convertible versions. The convertible will, like the SC 430, feature a retractable folding metal top. Lexus clearly has its sights set on Mercedes-Benz's SL with this new car. As for when we can expect to see the LC, "If we don't get any more nasty surprises on the economic front, then any time after 2015 might be the right time for the LC," the insider told MT.

Source: Motor Trend

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