Lexus prepares SC 430 replacement

The SC430 may be getting booted headfirst out of Lexus’ lineup, but don’t think for one minute that the Japanese auto brand hasn’t already made plans for a successor. Snuggling itself in the SC430’s slot will be the LC600h (tentatively named) which will be built on a shortened version of the next-generation LS platform. A Lexus insider claims that the LC600h will capture the essence of Lexus, including their performance, luxury, and environment causing it to reach the luxurious status of the Mercedes SL-Class .

The LC600h will be an all-wheel drive convertible with a retractable metal roof. It will be powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 hybrid system that will produce around 500 HP. That’s a helluva successor considering the current SC430 only delivers a measly 288hp in comparison. With this amount of power the future convertible will make the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.

The Lexus insider further stated: "If we don’t get anymore nasty surprises on the economic front, then any time after 2015 might be the right time for the LC."

The official debut will be made at one of the major shows in 2014.

Source: Motor Trend

7 comments:

They must really convert it with their new design, their original design is quite impressive and they can line up it to those car who have angst and aggressive looks. LS design is really great for a starting point.

Good for them that they already have a plan for a new successor of this one. The production of their older Lexus cars is not a big hit so it is a nice idea. I hope this new version of Lexus will be a good one.

They must really replace it with their new design, their latest design is quite impressive and they can line up it to those cars who have angst and aggressive looks. They are right, LS design is really great for a starting point.

Lightness and fun don’t matter. yeah it’d be a step backwards for them to join such ludicrous examples as the A5/S5 cab, various Bentley, Lamborghini’s, etc. Full speed ahead.

now they need to replace is with a good looking version. Use the current LS design as a starting point. Go!

It seems like they could trim down the power a little to make it have a more reasonable price tag. 500hp V8 hybrid sounds like an oxymoron (it also sound like fun!)

Thank heavens they’ve managed to keep those dashing good looks.

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