Lexus unveiled the hybrid version of its stunning LC coupe at this week’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The car is designated an LC 500h and it features a next-generation hybrid system.
The new hybrid system, detailed in full here, drops the Lexus Hybrid Drive moniker of Lexus’ previous technology in favor of the new name Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System. It's a performance-oriented system that has both an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission (E-CVT) plus a conventional multi-gear transmission. The internal combustion component is a 3.5-liter V-6.
Peak output is approximately 354 horsepower, which is down significantly on the 467 hp of the LC 500 that debuted at the recent 2016 Detroit Auto Show. However, the LC 500h should be much more fuel efficient.
The LC is based on the GA-L modular rear-wheel-drive platform that will eventually underpin most of the Lexus lineup of cars. In addition to the new Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System, the platform brings numerous advanced technologies to the table. The list includes a 10-speed automatic transmission (for non-hybrid cars), carbon fiber construction and new joining techniques.
The LC is due in showrooms next year, as a 2018 model.
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