The much-anticipated Lexus LC 500h has finally had its covers removed revealing an aggressive LFA-inspired hybrid sports coupe.
The LC 500h drops the brutish v8 for a more refined and efficient v6 hybrid power plant. The 3.5-litre V6 produces 220kW with an extra 44kW electric motor bringing the total output to 264kW.
The transmission is a combination of a 4-speed automatic gearbox and continuously variable transmission. It is able to multiply each of the first three physical gears in the automatic transmission three times – turning three real ratios into nine virtual ones; the fourth physical ratio acts as an overdrive, enabling the engine to spin at a much lower rpm when cruising.
In essence, it delivers 10 specific gear ratios just like the non-hybrid LC 500. Chief Engineer Koji Sato is quoted in saying “the difference between the real gears and the virtual ones is barely perceptible”. The powerplant mated to this new transmission allows the LC to accelerate from 0-100km/h in less than 5 seconds.
The hybrid coupe comes equipped with an all new multimedia package featuring a large display, remote touch interface and a premium pioneer audio system. The Interior comes tweaked to include Alcantara trimmings, hand stitched leather and premium quality materials.
The LC 500h comes fitted with the new Lexus Safety System +. Combining a camera and radar the vehicle gains Lane-Keep Assist, All-speed Adaptive Cruise Control and Pedestrian Detection.
The vehicle should be on sale by 2017. Unfortunately, Lexus are yet to release any prices for the LC 500h .