So a few days after Lexus announced the debut of the hybrid LC Coupe at the Geneva Motor Show, the Japanese automaker has now released the specs and details of the car. Lexus LC 500h features a new Multi Stage Hybrid System tuned for better responsiveness and performance than conventional hybrids.
The core of Lexus LC 500h’s hybrid powertrain is a 3.5 liter V6 petrol unit and it’s connected to a powerful electric motor fed by lithium-ion battery pack. The system has a combined output of 354 horsepower and is connected to a 4-speed automatic gearbox mounted at the rear. This results in “better acceleration feel” but the actual 0 to 100 km/h time is about 5 seconds which is hardly impressive these days. Just like the normal LC, this car is also rear-wheel-drive.
Although Lexus 500h benefits from many weight saving measures, including aluminium front hood and fenders, aluminium door skins mounted on a carbon fibre structure, a carbon and glass composite boot lid, aluminium front suspension towers, ultra-compact LED headlamps, available forged alloy wheels and carbon fibre roof, it is still on the heavy side. So no, if you are looking for sporty handling and stuff like that, this car is not for you. But if you want luxury, comfort and style, not many cars come close.
Design is really the main strength of Lexus LC, regular or hybrid. This will probably be the only take on the spindle grille people are not going to criticize, because the package on the whole looks so amazing, you just don’t care. The car measures 4,760 mm long, 1,920 mm wide, and 1,345 mm tall, and boasts a wheelbase of 2,870 mm.
Among the main technology features, we can mention Pre-Crash Safety (PCS) system with a pedestrian detection function, All-speed Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Keeping Assist (LKA), and Automatic High Beam (AHB) headlamp technology.