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Lexus LC 500h coupe

Luxury hybrid GT joins the V8 petrol mo unveiled in Detroit; LF-FC concept also making European debut

Lexus has announced that the hybrid version of its new LC luxury coupe will make its debut at the 2016 Geneva motor show.

The LC 500h is a hybrid version of the car which made its international debut at the Detroit auto show earlier in the year, a car itself based strongly on the LF-LC concept first shown back in 2012.

Lexus will reveal full details of the LC 500h at the show, but the company has already revealed it will use a new Lexus “Multi Stage Hybrid System”. Technical details haven’t been released, but it’s expected to be a replacement for the Hybrid Synergy Drive currently used in Lexus (and Toyota) hybrid mos.

The company says it will provide the LC with ‘higher performance, driving pleasure and greater efficiency’. The LC itself is based on all-new underpinnings, for ‘greater dynamic capabilities’. The platform utilises a mixture of high-strength steel and aluminium, while a carbonfibre roof is optionally available.

The hybrid mo will join the LC 500 coupe in the LC range. This uses a traditional powerplant, with a 467bhp, 5-litre naturally-aspirated V8 – like that used in the RC F and GS F mos.

There’s 389lb ft of torque too (developed at 4800rpm), while the 0-60mph s takes less than 4.5 seconds. Despite the performance claims, Lexus says the mo is of a grand tourer than an out-and-out sports car.

Joining the LC 500h at Geneva is the LF-FC concept, thought to be a preview of the next-generation of Lexus’ flagship LS series. Unveiled at Tyo last year, the concept uses a high-output fuel cell drivetrain, a range of autonomous features and gesture-operated controls.

Keep up to date with the latest Geneva motor show news on our hub page. The show opens its doors to the press on March 1.

Antony Ingram

15 Feb 2016

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