A serious SC sport GT coupe could be returning the Lexus lineup.
The buzz generated by the recent RC F hasn't even fully subsided yet and already another Lexus coupe rumor is circulating. This time, it's a replacement for the defunct Lexus SC 430 seemingly based on the LF-LC concept.Japanese auto-tabloid rumor mill Best Car Magazine has issued a rendering of what they are speculating is the next Lexus SC. Taking its overall shape from the pair of well-received Lexus LF-LC concepts, the body details have been toned down for production.
The LF-LC's insect-eye headlights have been replaced with more traditional units, underscored by Lexus's LED fishhook swooshes. The grille, rendered in the full-length mesh pattern reserved for F Sport and F performance models, falls in line with other Lexus production models and eschews the recessed chrome surround of the show car. The LF-LC's floating roof is also gone, replaced with a more traditional C-pillar formed in what has been called the Nozaki Arc, a design cue seen on everything from the Scion FR-S to the Toyota FT-1 concept referencing the Toyota's original sports car, the 1967 2000GT.
The SC name harkens back to the 1991 Lexus SC 300/400, widely regarded as one of the marque's best designs. Its follow up, the 2001 SC 430, became a folding-hardtop luxury convertible, and its deviation from from the GT sports coupe formula was panned by enthusiasts. Though this rendering is unofficial, last December Lexus LFA chief engineer Haruhiko Tanahashi and executive VP Mark Templin both hinted that we had not seen the last of the LF-LC and that "LFA-like" flagship would be forthcoming.