Lexus Files Trademarks for LC 500, LC 500h

Lexus Files Trademarks for LC 500, LC 500h

Two new trademarked names from Lexus have given us a pretty clear hint as to the name of the brand’s upcoming range-topping sports coupe. 

The production version of the LF-LC was rumored to resurrect the SC badge when it is finally released, but now it looks like the car will retains its LC moniker. Lexus wants the new LC to act as a halo car for the brand, taking on the role that the LFA left behind when production was discontinued.

These new names also give us a clear hint at what kind of engines the car will use. The LC 500 will likely use the same 5.0-liter V8 found in the new Lexus RC F, which puts out 467 hp. This is pretty obvious, as the number in the badge denotes engine size, so the 500 represents a 5.0-liter engine.

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The LC 500h will definitely be a hybrid, but the engine found under the hood isn’t immediately clear. In other Lexus hybrids, like the GS 450h, the hybrid system adds one liter to the number in the badge, so the GS 450h uses a 3.5-liter engine. If that convention stays, that would mean that the car uses a 4.0-liter engine, which would likely be all new. The 5.0-liter V8 hybrid setup found in the LS 600h is another option that could work for this car.

Production of the new car is expected to begin in 2016.

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[Source: Lexus Enthusiast]

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