The Lexus LC 500 was full of surprises at the Detroit Auto Show. Besides the car’s flashy concept-like looks and rear-drive layout, it also shocked us with its naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter, 467 horsepower V8 engine; no turbos, no electrification. Old school! But it turns out Lexus had a hybrid version in the cards after all.
Meet the Lexus LC 500h, set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of March. At least visually, it looks identical to the rad LC 500 we saw in Detroit, but under that long hood is electric power to back up the motor.
But which motor, the V8 or perhaps a smaller V6? Car names mean little when it comes to actual engine displacement anymore, and Lexus isn’t saying quite yet.
Either way, expect the same 10-speed automatic gearbox, rear-wheel drive, the next-generation of Lexus’ Multi Stage Hybrid System (whatever that means), and that modular platform set to underpin various other future Lexi.
I don’t mind a hybrid since we’re getting the NA V8 too. I’m just glad Toyota had the stones to make this thing at all.
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