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The Production-Spec Lexus LF-LC to be Called LC 500 and LC 500h

Lexus apparently won't resurrect the SC nameplate after all.

Almost two weeks ago a rumor claimed that Lexus would revive the SC nameplate for the production version of the LF-LC Concept. It sounded fairly realistic considering the SC dates back to the early 1990s as the name of the first Lexus coupe. Its 2001 successor was a vastly different car, featuring a folding hardtop roof and a bloated appearance that failed to win over just about everyone. But apparently Lexus has opted not to go with the SC name revival after all.

A report coming from Lexus Enthusiast is claiming the Japanese automaker has just trademarked the LC 500 and LC 500h names, the clearest indication yet of the future halo model’s official designation. The names also indicate other details, such as the likely use of a 5.0-liter V8, the very same one found in the RC F, which produces nearly 470 hp. And it should go without saying that the LC 500h will be a hybrid. Like the GS 450h, which uses a 3.5-liter V6, the hybrid system will add one liter. With that in mind, there are two possible engine configurations here: either an all-new 4.0-liter V6 or V8, or the 5.0-liter V8 hybrid setup found in the LS 600h. We’ll know more in the coming months because a 2016 launch is being targeted.

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