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Lexus LC500h hybrid set for Geneva show debut

Lexus will show a hybrid version of its LC luxury coupé at next month’s Geneva motor show; the model is already earmarked for production

Lexus will show a hybrid version of its LC performance coupé at next month’s Geneva motor show.

Dubbed the LC500h, the car is powered by a new Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System and is the second version of the LC to be revealed, following the flagship LC500 model, which made its debut at the Detroit motor show earlier this year.

While not revealing the specifics of the LC500h’s powertrain, Lexus says the next generation system “will provide higher performance, more driving pleasure and greater efficiency”.

The LC is based on 2012’s LF-LC concept, and although Lexus has yet to confirm the LC’s launch date or pricing, order books for both the LC500 and LC500h are expected to open later this year.

The LC500 is powered by the same naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine that is already used in the RC F and GS F. The engine produces 467bhp and 389lb ft of torque – enough to get the LC500 to 60mph in less than 4.5 seconds. Drive is sent to the rear wheels through a 10-speed automatic gearbox.

Like the LC500, the 2+2 interior of the LC500h is expected to feature an all-digital dashboard interface and come with Lexus’ next-generation infotainment system. The two are also expected to share the new GA-L platform, which features high-strength steel and aluminium suspension components to reduce weight.

Lexus says the launch of the LC line-up “marks the beginning of a new phase for the Lexus brand, with a shift in engineering processes and design ideologies”.

Source: http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/motor-shows-geneva-motor-show/lexus-lc500h-hybrid-set-geneva-show-debut

Feb 16th, 2016