New sports coupé based on the LF-LC concept is set to replace the LFA as Lexus’s halo supercar
Jim Holder
22 November 2014

Lexus is poised to join the growing ranks of car makers looking to challenge the £120,000 Porsche 911 Turbo when it launches a production version of the Lexus LF-LC Hybrid Sports Coupé concept before the end of 2016.

The 2+2 sports coupé is likely to revive the SC badge, although it is expected to be a far more focused sports car than the model that previously used the name until production ended in 2010. 

The European boss of Lexus, Alain Uyttenhoven, said: “It is true that we are evaluating this car as a potential halo car, to take on the role of the Lexus LFA supercar in a more affordable way. The LFA was an incredible project; it showed what we could do and it brought all sorts of positives to Lexus. 

“One of our key priorities is to make Lexus a more emotional brand, and the appeal of this kind of car in the range is clear to us.”

The V10-powered, carbonfibre-bodied LFA cost from just under £350,000. A total of 500 were made, including faster, more focused Nürburgring special editions.

The new Lexus SC would be front-engined and rear-wheel drive, powered by a V8 engine and an electric motor. The power target is reported to be at least 480bhp.

The LF-LC concept, first shown in 2012, featured several driver-orientated details that are expected to reach production, including lightweight, race-inspired front seats and a racing-style steering wheel containing integrated controls including a start button.

It also featured a remote touchscreen system that allowed the driver to operate controls without shifting their position or altering their line of sight. Twin 12.3-inch LCD screens provide information and navigation displays.

It is not clear whether the production car will use a shortened version of the next-generation LS or GS’s platform, or whether a new platform would be developed specifically for the car.

Separately, sister firm Toyota is reportedly developing a significantly cheaper hybrid sports car with BMW. It has already been previewed as the two-seat Toyota FT-1, which was designed by the same US-based CALTY design studio as the LF-LC concept.

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22 November 2014
No, i'm kidding,i hope it makes it onto the Highway as is.

Peter Cavellini.

24 November 2014
...none of which are rear engined or have a flat six.
I suppose they all have four wheels.
That Lexus looks nice. Better than the LF-A

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I'm The Ωmega Man, always talking to myself

25 November 2014
Where have lexus said they are challenging the 911 here? I know that car magazines love Porsche and its often for the right reasons. However, not every car maker is entitling their sports car projects as '911 rival', there not going into the market directly because the 911 is there

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