2010 Lexus SC 430
The Lexus SC was, at first, an interesting car. Over time it grew into a bloated, confused, and ultimately doomed nameplate. But that doesn't mean Lexus is out of the game. They may already be hard at work on a hybrid-powered two-door to replace the SC, and it's being called the LC 600h.
If the 600h nomenclature sounds familiar, it should: that's the same alphanumeric sequence behind the flagship LS, powered by the same 5.0-liter V-8 engine and hybrid system that's pegged for the new LC 600h. The LC naming also hints at the car's origins, based a shortened version of the LS sedan platform--along with all-wheel drive.
So, if the LC 600h pans out, we have a 500-ish horsepower hybrid folding hardtop convertible that runs to 60 mph in less than five seconds. If it weren't for the LFA, that would hardly sound like Lexus at all. And that might be a good thing.
Timing isn't great for those looking to breathe some life into the L-badged collection: the LC 600h isn't due until 2014 or so.