Lexus LC 500h Debuts at Geneva
By James Mosley
After showing of the conventional V8 powered LC500 in Detroit, Lexus has seen fit to use the 2016 Geneva Motor Show for the world debut of the new LC 500h hybrid coupe.
The Lexus LC 500h ditches the regular V8 engine for a 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine that’s mated to two electric motors. The unusual and slightly complicated bit is that rather than just using a CVT gearbox as has been the case with Lexus hybrids up until now, the LC500h uses a CVT and also a conventional if slightly old school sounding 4 speed automatic box at the same time. The car then uses some clever witchcraft to allow both gearboxes to work together forming a sort of 10 speed hybrid transmission. Clever stuff indeed and of course it will be interesting to see how it drives on the road.
The combined output of the system is reportedly coming in at 354 bhp, giving the LC 500h enough power to muster a 0-62 mph time in “under 5 seconds”. For comparison, the V8 powered LC 500 will apparently cover the same sprint in 4.5 seconds, meaning buyers of the hybrid version aren’t actually losing out all that much in terms of straight line speed.
Of course, straight line speed isn’t everything, and only time will tell how well the new LC 500h and its new intriguing gearbox set up will drive on the road. Needless to say, we’re looking forward to finding out!