Lexus trademarks LC 500 and LC 500h names
Toyota has trademarked two model names for the Lexus brand. "LC 500" and "LC 500h" have been registered and are presumed to be a flagship grand tourer.
The LC takes its name from the LF-LC Concept, which was previously thought to augur a revival of the SC, the stylish sports coupe introduced in 1992. However, it appears that the luxury 2+2 will now launch a new nameplate altogether.
The LC is also the likely answer to the much-speculated "successor" for the Lexus LFA. While not a "second-generation" of the supercar per se, it will occupy a halo position in the Lexus lineup. Instead of a V10, the LC is expected to utilize a version of the Lexus RC F's 5.0L 467hp V8. Likewise, its sticker price will probably be quite a bit lower than the LFA's $375,000.
The "500h" appears to confirm a hybrid version as well. The exact powertrain for that model is unknown, though it could be a version of the 5.0L V8 hybrid found in the LS 600h.
Chassis-wise, the LC might ride on a modified version of the next-generation LS platform. The flagship sedan is due in late 2016, and the LC 500 and 500h are expected to arrive in late 2017.
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