Lexus reveals high-performance hybrid LC 500h sports coupe
Lexus new hybrid LC 500h unveiled in Geneva (Photo: Matt Bubbers/Autofocus.ca)
Nick Maronese, Autofocus.ca
Published Friday, March 4, 2016 10:12AM EST
Lexus took the wraps off its hybrid powertrain version of the LC 500 flagship coupe at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1. The LC 500h comes equipped with what Lexus calls a performance-oriented Multi Stage Hybrid System.
Like the gasoline-powered LC 500, which debuted just over a month prior at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the LC 500h looks remarkably like the althetic and sporty LF-LC concept car on which it was based.
Unlike the V8-powered LC 500, the LC 500h is driven by a Multi Stage Hybrid System, made up of a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine, electric motor, and a four-speed automatic transmission.
“The electric motor generates better acceleration feel than a conventional engine,” Lexus explained in a release. “And adding physical gears more closely aligns engine rpm with the driver’s inputs.”
The drivetrain should help the car accelerate to 100 km/h from zero in less than five seconds, Lexus says. And if the driver wants, they can get there themselves, with Lexus’ first-ever-for-a-hybrid ‘M’ Mode with manual gear selection.
The gas-powered twin to the LC 500h is due to hit dealerships in spring 2017, but Lexus has not announced specific pricing or release details for the hybrid.