Lexus LC 500h ready for Geneva unveiling (w/Images)

Lexus brought its new LC 500 prototype to the Detroit auto show in January.  The 2+2 luxury coupe uses the same naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine found in the RC F and GS F. With 467 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque, it can get either car to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

A 10 speed automatic transmission is used to deliver power to the rear wheels, The launch of the LC line-up “marks the beginning of a new phase for the Lexus brand, with a shift in engineering processes and design ideologies,” Lexus representatives said in Detroit.

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At the Geneva auto show next month, Lexus will preview a version of the LC 500 powered by the new Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System. Lexus has not released any details about its new hybrid powertrain as of yet. If it goes into production, it will be badged as the LC 500h. Lexus says the next generation system “will provide higher performance, more driving pleasure and greater efficiency”.

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Like the LC500, the 2+2 interior of the LC500h is expected to feature an all digital dashboard interface and come with Lexus’ next-generation infotainment system. The two are also expected to share the new GA-L platform, which features high-strength steel and aluminium suspension components to reduce weight.

If Lexus decides to build the LC 500 or the LC 500h, pricing details will be released nearer to the start of production later this year.

Posted by Steve Hanley

Steve Hanley is a car nut and Formula One addict who occasionally drives his Mazda MX-5 on track at HPDE events. He has been known to drive to Nova Scotia just to see the lupins in bloom or to Watkins Glen for a weekend of historic racing. He writes about automobiles, technology and travel from his home in Rhode Island.

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