The luxury Japanese marquee has taken the digital curtain off its latest version of the astonishing LC500 coupe, packing hybrid power and awaiting for the worldwide public introduction early March during the Geneva Motor Show.
Last month during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit we saw the V8 version of the flagship coupe model in Lexus’ lineup, the LC500 and now the company is ready to deliver its classic hybrid interpretation. We all knew it was on the line but we’re really pleased it came as fast as it does. The LC 500h looks virtually indistinguishable from its conventionally-powered brother and simply sports a new blue shade on the body and some new lettering on the side to signal its hybrid prowess. By the way, we’re pretty much turned off to the fact that Lexus is not yet making the switch to plug-in hybrid powertrains – even though the LC 500h does come packing the next-gen hybrid powertrain called “Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System” that has been tipped to deliver “enhanced driving pleasure, more performance, and greater efficiency.”
The automaker didn’t spill the beans yet on the actual setup of this new generation hybrid system but according to a recent report there will be a 3.5-liter V6 mated to the electric motor and battery pack. The conventional side will deliver 308 horsepower (230 kilowatts) and the green section will add another 217 hp (162 kW) for a combined output of 470 hp (350 kW). By the way, rumor around the mill puts this new hybrid powertrain also inside the top of the line sedan – the LS, which awaits for the generational change most likely occurring sometimes next year.