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Lexus SC430 Pebble Beach Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

Hard as it may be to imagine from its dated styling, the Lexus SC430 was once considered to be a halo vehicle. Well, maybe not quite, but its folded hardtop self was enough to bring at least a few customers into showrooms. Today, that job belongs to the LFA supercar, but in between the two models there's a gulf wide enough to fill with a few hundred million gallons of crude oil. (What, too soon?) Now, we wouldn't go so far as to call the current SC a disaster, but suffice it to say it could use a replacement. Badly.

According to a new story from Motor Trend, that replacement is on the way, and looks like it could be worth the wait. Dubbed LC600h, the new two-door is reportedly slated to borrow its underpinnings from the next-generation LS flagship sedan. A folding hardtop is still expected to be part of the mix (as it has been on every convertible Lexus ever made), but don't go dismissing this as a lump of mush: According to MT, an updated version of the LS600h sedan's 5.0-liter hybrid V8 packing as much as – wait for it – 500 horsepower is slated to replace the SC's lackluster 288-horsepower 4.3-liter. What's more, it's expected to drive all four wheels. That's nearly twice as much power as the model it's slated to replace, and what we around here call "progress."

Try not to get too riled up, though, as MT's sources don't expect the LC to come along until after the next-gen LS sedan is introduced in 2014. And that's assuming the economy and the fortunes of parent company Toyota cooperate enough for it to mount an assault on Mercedes SL territory.

[Source: Motor Trend]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes! The SC is HIDEOUS. But no hybrid. Just the 5.0 in the IS-F for me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whoa! I thought they had discontinued this model already. This isn't a truck, you can't just not update it for 8 years and expect people to buy it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's an idea, take the Lexus badge off of it, price it in the mid 50's, and badge it as a Supra, and watch everyone applaud you for bringing back the Toyota we all miss.

      Or, you could put it into the Lexus range, what with the IS-F, and the LF-A... and have a trifecta of cars that suggest Lexus is good, but Toyota has no sporting intentions at all.

      That would make a whole lot of sense, eh Toyota?
      • 4 Years Ago
      What oil shortage? With the price of gas rising every day 500 hp? It reminds me of the
      muscle cars of years ago when each manufacturer was making faster and higher hp
      cars to compete with each other. BTW the Japanese were making including Toyota and
      Datsun and Honda tin boxes like the trinkets they made after WW 2. Almost forgot, to
      the youngstas, Datsun is now Nissan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      glad the update is on the way...the new ISX50c has almost the same feel/shape from a few angles, this model shoud stand out some more...
      • 4 Years Ago
      it seems like they could trim down the power a little to make it have a more resonable price tag. 500hp V8 hybrid sounds like an oxymoron (it also sound like fun!)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Those specs are freaking awesome... but being a Lexus everyone here will not see that and find ways to say something negative.

        Say Cadillac or ford was building something like this the comment would be overwhelmed with excitement...

        BUILD this car Lexus... it sounds like complete win.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Call it what you want, but 500hp is 500hp :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the Sc but its a toyota and those cars cannot be trusted. Toyota doesnt even know whats gone wrong with them. A few recalls yes all the makes will have them but toyota just keeps coming and coming and coming and coming. I have never thought toyota was all that and never will own one. I have a friend that has a 1995 sc400 coupe.. LOVE that car. He bought it brand new and it has over 350000 miles. Its been through 3 car wrecks, being beaten up by a ex of his several times. Still looks great and drives great. He has had to do alot of work to it. Replacing a ton of stuff but still runs!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a sc430 and love it.... it is a classic and i hope to keep it another ten years... what a great car...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the SC430. Drives great. Love the interior. Feels safe. The top is great. Rare to find a sports car with some form of a back seat-for our dog. Mileage not bad. Do you really need 500 horses to enjoy a car. My SC has plenty of "get up and go". Your article is dismissive when not called for.
      • 4 Years Ago
      IDC what anyone says.. the SC in that pic ^^^^ is a handsome car. Smooth and clean in design. Says money and luxury without screaming it. Its no where near the ugliest car and I would love to own one.

      For smooth operation, luxury, reliability, comfort NOTHING in its class beats this. Period and this is from experience.. not sitting behind a keyboard.

      But back to the topic at hand... 500hp super hybrid coupe? I'm already sold ! Sound bitchin Lexus. ( btw let it had been a Hyundai, Cadillac, Ford etc say they are producing a car with specs like this the, comments would be filled with excitement.. it says Lexus.. everything changes. )

      Lexus builds some of the best made vehicles on the road today
      • 4 Years Ago
      I own a '94 SC 400 which, IMO, is still a beautiful car and without a doubt the best looking Lexus ever made. They are also still in demand on the used car market. The current SC was, and is, a disappointment on many levels-- style, performance, etc. What Lexus needs is another gorgeous coupe-- not a folding top convertible or at least offer a choice of both. Too many sedans in their line-up and with BMW, Mercedes, and Audi, all offering beautiful coupes-- where's Lexus?

      • 4 Years Ago
      When that car first came out I thought the folding hardtop roof was neat, but when I saw one in the flesh I was actually surprised that Lexus put out something that looked so badly-proportioned.

      Also I couldn't get why they bothered putting the backseats in at all. They're purely for show, unless you need to give car rides to people with no legs at all. The lack of space in the rear is downright comedic.

      I'm surprised they didn't stop making the SC430 years ago.
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