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2006 Lexus SC 430

2006 Lexus SC 430
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2006 lexus sc 430

The Lexus SC 430 hardtop convertible, documented as the auto industry’s highest quality car in the J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) for the second consecutive year comes with refreshed styling for 2006 and is offering even smoother performance from a new six-speed sequential shift automatic transmission.

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Lexus SC Nameplate Will Be Revived In 2017

Lexus SC Nameplate Will Be Revived In 2017

Lexus has had a difficult time with outright performance models in years past. The LFA was undoubtedly a beast of a machine, but with its extreme rarity and such a huge gap between it and the next model down the lineup, it was hardly the most effective of halo cars. Then there were the old SC models, which started off strong (for the time), but ended up bloated, heavy and underpowered. This will never do for a company that continues to desperately try to shake off a reputation for being boring.

So it seems that Lexus has decided to revive the SC nameplate for 2017, this time as a genuinely high-performance flagship model. It is expected that it will use the new Lexus 5.0-liter V-8, possibly with a hybrid system, and produce about 500 horsepower. An F model will sit at the top of the range with a twin-turbo version of the V-8, producing 600 horsepower. The price will likely start somewhere in the neighborhood of $100,000, and head well north of that for the F. That will make these the most expensive Lexus models ever (apart for the anomaly that was the LFA, of course), but that’s what a flagship is.

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Production Version Lexus LF-LC Will Revive the "SC" Name

Production Version Lexus LF-LC Will Revive the "SC" Name

The Porsche 911 Turbo is the most popular model of its class, but that status comes with a lot of competitors looking to take it down a peg or two. From the Nissan GT-R to the Audi R8 V10, every premium sports car in the market has its eyes set on the 911 Turbo. Now you can add the Lexus SC to that list.

Lexus’ European vice president Alain Uyttenhoven told Autocar that the Japanese automaker is poised to join an already populated sports car market when it launches the production version of the 2012 LF-Lc Hybrid Sports Coupé Concept. Lexus is even dusting off the "SC" name with plans to use it on the production model, bringing back the name of the 2+2 grand tourer that was in production from 1991 to 2010.

The new Lexus SC isn’t going to be a continuation of the old model, but will instead be a performance-oriented sports car that will be prepared as the spiritual successor to the LFA, eventually taking the reigns from the carbon fiber-bodied supercar as the company’s resident halo car.

The Autocar report also indicated that Lexus will prepare the SC as a front-engined sports car with rear-wheel drive. It also stands to receive a hybrid powertrain made up of a V-8 engine and an electric motor with the goal of producing upwards of 500 horsepower. What’s unclear is whether Lexus will create a new platform specifically for the SC or if it’s simply going to use a shortened version of the platform being prepared for the next-generation LS or GS.

That’s an issue Lexus will eventually have to figure out, but what’s important is that the company is following through on its promise to build more emotional cars. Having a premium halo car like the Lexus SC in its lineup goes a long way in living up to that promise.

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2017 Lexus SC

2017 Lexus SC

The Lexus LF-LC Concept made quite an impact at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show. The coupe debuted with stunning looks and a rear-wheel-drive configuration motivated by a hybrid powertrain, making everyone fantasize about a more powerful and advanced successor to the almighty LF-A.

More than two yeas have passed and that scenario has yet to materialize, but rumors about the LF-LC’s purpose keep pouring in. A recent report coming from Japan, for instance, says the concept car won’t spawn a replacement for the LF-A, but a grand tourer that will bring the SC nameplate back to the Lexus range. The initial SC was discontinued in 2010 after only two generations.

If the report proves to be correct, the new SC will most likely benefit from the LF-LC’s carbon-fiber and aluminum construction, which means it will sit above the RC-F coupe in terms of performance. As far as styling goes, we expect the third-generation SC to blend cues from both the LF-LC Concept and the RC-F for a modern and aggressive result.

The production model will likely keep the aerodynamic and muscular shape of the concept car, but ditch the futuristic headlamps in favor of RC-like units. Slightly reshaped taillights and rear bumper are also imaginable, but expect the same spindle grille to dominate the coupe’s front end.

Engine-wise, Lexus is reportedly readying two distinct powertrains. A hybrid drivertrain combining gasoline and electric power will generate nearly 500 ponies, while the conventional 5.0-liter V-8 borrowed from the RC-F will send 475 horsepower to the rear wheels through Lexus’ 10-speed automatic transmission. Don’t get too excited though, the SC won’t show itself to the world before 2017.

Note: 2012 Lexus LF-LC pictured here.

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Forza Motorsport 4 Launch Bonus Pack includes Koenigsegg Agera

Forza Motorsport 4 Launch Bonus Pack includes Koenigsegg Agera

The new 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo made its debut in Forza Motorsport 4 about two weeks ago. Now, Turn 10 Studis available that will add another 10 vehicles to your list of cars to drive, including the Koenigsegg Agera supercar and the electric Tesla Roadster Sport.

The new Launch Bonus Pack includes a collection of ten cars previously available only to those Forza 4 players who had either pre-ordered from specific retail outlets, or picked up the game during its first run via the "Ship Bonus Car Pack." The new Launch Bonus Pack is available for Xbox Live and can be yours for 560 Microsoft Points.

The list of 10 cars included in the new Launch Bonus Pack include: 1997 Lexus SC300, 1965 Mustang GT Coupe, 2011 Ruf RGT-8, 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport, 2011 Koenigsegg Agera, 2011 Alfa Romeo Giulietta, 2011 Subaru WRX STI, 2011 MINI John Cooper Works Clubman, 2011BMW 1-Series M Coupe, and 2011 Honda CR-Z EX.

Hit the jump for a presentation video of all the cars.

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Preorder Forza Motorsport 4 for Some Extra Goodies

Preorder Forza Motorsport 4 for Some Extra Goodies

Microsoft isn’t letting up on what they are calling the most cutting-edge racing game in history in their Forza Motorsport series and they are bringing it back into the headlines with a Ferrari 458 Italia gracing the official cover and the list of goodies players will get if they preorder their copy.

The fourth installment of Forza is scheduled to hit shelves in the Fall 2011 and the new support for Kinect, as well as the classic controls, will be up and ready to thrill gamers. If Fall 2011 is too long to wait, fans of the game will be happy to know that U.S. retailers will be allowing them to pre-order Forza for $59.99.

Pre-ordering the game wouldn’t exactly be all that necessary if doing so didn’t open up the doors to a bunch of extra goodies. When you pre-order Forza Motorsport at any retail location, the game will come with an exclusive in-game car pack that includes a 1965 Ford Mustang GT Coupe, a 2011 Koenigsegg Agera, a 1997 Lexus SC300, a 2011 RUF RGT-8, and a 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Players can race, tune, paint, and share their creations with their friends, but the pack will only be available in the first production run of “Forza Motorsport 4” game discs.

That’s not all, either. If gamers preorder their game at certain retailers, other fun prizes will be included in their pack. Hit the jump to check out the list of retailers and their extra goodies.

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Things not to do at home: transform a Lexus into a Mercedes

Things not to do at home: transform a Lexus into a Mercedes

A Mercedes AMG model is no doubt a car that suggests luxury and wealth, so it doesn’t surprise us that someone would want to make their vehicle look as much like the AMG model as possible. And that’s exactly what someone tried to do when they transformed their Lexus SC300 into a Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG.

The conversion was made by a Japanese guy with lots of spare time, and he actually started to do an impressive job. However, at some point he did not realize that enough was enough, and he ended up going way too far and ruining it all.

The car’s proportions are quite accurate, but the bonnet is very exaggerated, the side skirts are different, and the air vents are too big compared to the original model. The doors openings are also different and the rear is a total failure. The only things that resemble an SL55 AMG are the taillights and the double pipes from the exhaust system. The rest is just personal interpretation.

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Lexus prepares SC 430 replacement

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.

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Lexus SC430 production ends

Lexus SC430 production ends

It’s not a secret that the Lexus SC430 has not seen much success on the market. The car was unveiled in 2002 and it has featured zero significant changes since then. This might be the reason why only a total of 1000 units where sold in 2009. So, Lexus has finally decided to put it to rest. The last units will be produced in July and the company will start preparing the next-generation SC that is set to debut in 2014.

The 2010 Lexus SC430 features an all-aluminum construction and is powered by a 4.3-liter engine that produces 288 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in a remarkable 5.8 seconds. The engine is mated to a six-speed Sequential-Shift automatic transmission.

The next generation is supposed to be called the SC 600h and will be powered by a 5.0-liter V8 matched to a hybrid electric system. Competition for this model is said to be the Mercedes SL-Class.


Stay tuned for more details on the Lexus SC 600h!

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2010 Lexus SC430 Platinum Edition

2010 Lexus SC430 Platinum Edition

Let’s face it; after 9 years of mediocre history, Lexus is set to cut the lifeline out of the SC430. But despite its lack of success, the last set of units that will be offered for the SC430 will come as a special edition: the SC430 Platinum Edition.

This special edition will be distinguished by xenon headlights, metallic paint, a rear spoiler, and 18-inch alloy wheels in six-spoke design. The interior will get air conditioning, electrically adjustable seats, a big audio system with CD changer and nine speakers, and a navigation system with maps for Europe.

Lexus announced no successor for the SC430, so - for now, at least - the Lexus IS Convertible will just have to be enough.

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2010 Lexus SC430

2010 Lexus SC430

The Lexus SC430 luxury convertible is entering the 2010 model year with more standard technologies. It is now on sale at a price of $67,505.

The SC’s sleek style is enhanced by a low-profile front grille surrounded by chrome. The aggressive front bumper, projector-lens headlamps and stylish rear combination LED taillamps add to its fluid design. It comes equipped with iPod/USB Connectivity, Streaming Audio, Lexus Navigation System and Mark Levinson Premium Audio System.

The 2010 Lexus SC430 features an all-aluminum construction, and is powered by a 4.3-liter engine that produces 288 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in a remarkable 5.8 seconds. The engine is mated to a six-speed Sequential-Shift automatic transmission. The sequential-shifting capability enhances performance by allowing the driver to nudge the gearshift forward or backward. It works in conjunction with the Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i), which compensates for uphills, downhills and headwinds, even adapting shift-timing to the driver’s acceleration habits.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Lexus SC

2010 Lexus SC

The Lexus SC was first launched by the luxury division of Toyota in 1991. But if there was nothing impressive about the design back then, all changed with the launch of the second generation in 2002. But this is still not enough. If Lexus wants to still be important on the personal luxury coupe class they need to do something about it. And they will with the launch of the third generation SC in 2009.

The launch of the LF-A Roadster Concept at the Detroit Auto Show gave us a pretty good idea of how the future Lexus models will look like. And inspired by the Concept’s design here’s how we presume the third generation SC might look like.

Lexus has to come with something big that will easily compete with models like BMW 3-Series. In order to do this, the exterior changes aren’t the only one that are required. There are important changes required under the hood too.

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2008 Lexus SC 430 Pebble Beach Edition

2008 Lexus SC 430 Pebble Beach Edition

After unveiling the Pebble Beach Collection RX 350 and ES 350 at the Chicago Auto Show, Lexus announced the SC 430 Pebble Beach Edition that will go on sale this summer.

The SC430 Pebble Beach Edition will be available with three personalization packages: the Callaway Golf Experience, Travel Sets, and Epicurean Encounter.

More about the three packages after the jump.

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Top 10 Hardtop Convertibles for 2007

Top 10 Hardtop Convertibles for 2007

Metal-roofed convertibles are sturdier, safer, and offer better handling and a dramatically quieter ride than any ragtop. They are sexy, unsafe, pricey, cramped, and eminently unsuitable for families.
As a result, many prospective car buyers just glance at them longingly in the showroom before driving off in a minivan or crossover. But safety is increasingly less of a factor. That’s because these days auto makers offer convertibles with the sensuality of a ragtop and the solidity of a (...)

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2007 Lexus SC 430

2007 Lexus SC 430

The Lexus SC 430 brings luxury, performance and high technology together in a classically styled hardtop convertible. Continuously improving, the SC 430 gains several safety and technical enhancements for 2007, including a knee airbag for both driver and front passenger, a front-passenger-seat weight-detection sensor for airbag deployment, front-passenger seatbelt pretensioner a new uniblade windshield wiper, as well as new exterior color and wheel options.

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2007 Lexus SC Pebble Beach Edition

2007 Lexus SC Pebble Beach Edition

In celebration of its exclusive partnership with the Pebble Beach Company, Lexus will introduce the fourth annual Lexus SC Pebble Beach Edition retractable hardtop convertible at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Lexus Fashion Preview on Aug. 18.

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2006 Lexus SC 430

2006 Lexus SC 430

The Lexus SC 430 hardtop convertible, documented as the auto industry’s highest quality car in the J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) for the second consecutive year comes with refreshed styling for 2006 and is offering even smoother performance from a new six-speed sequential shift automatic transmission.

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2006 Lexus Sc Pebble Beach Edition

2006 Lexus Sc Pebble Beach Edition

To commemorate its exclusive partnership with The Pebble Beach Company, Lexus introduced its third annual Lexus SC Pebble Beach Edition retractable hardtop convertible. Making its debut at the "Lexus Style in the Fast Lane" fashion show at the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the 2006 SC features an exclusive stunning new color combination — Tigereye Mica exterior and camel-color leather interior accented with an espresso dark brown wood trim. Only 500 of the unique Special Editions are slated for production, making the car even more alluring.

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