Lexus unveiled a hybrid version of its LC 500 flagship coupe at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1, an LC 500h with what it calls a performance-oriented Multi Stage Hybrid System.
Like the 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 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.