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New Lexus SC could bow next year

by Drew Johnson

A full-size coupe is on the way from Lexus.

New details involving Lexus' SC revival plans have surfaced in the internet rumor mill. The SC nameplate was last used for a four-seat hardtop convertible and was laid to rest in mid-2010.

Rumored to be under development for the last few years, new details surrounding the next-generation SC have surfaced in a recent report by Automobile Magazine. According to the magazine, the all-new SC will be based on the rear-wheel drive architecture set to underpin the next-generation Lexus LS sedan. That should put the SC on equal footing in terms of size with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe.

Overall styling should mimic that of the LF-LC concept car.

Previous reports suggested that the SC would ship standard with a six-cylinder hybrid drivetrain, but Automobile says the base SC will actually get the same 5.0L V8 found beneath the hood of the RC F coupe. That V6-hybrid combo will be available, though, standing as a mid-level offering with around 500 horsepower. A top-spec F model with a 600 horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 will cap the range.

Pricing will reflect the SC's premium positioning. Early reports indicate that the SC could carry an MSRP topping $100,000.

If the Lexus SC progresses on schedule, look for it to arrive sometime next year as a 2017 model.

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