Lexus Is Bringing a Hybrid LC 500 to Geneva
Automotive technology has progressed to the point where electric powertrains are now more powerful than their gasoline counterparts. Take the newly empowered hybrid Toyota RAV4 for instance: It has more power than its gasoline-driven model because instantaneous oomph is one of the joys of electrical conductivity.
Hybrids have finally gained the upper hand when it comes to performance, and while they do weigh more (those batteries are not light), having a powerband that doesn’t blow is something we’ve waited on for a long time. So as the Acura NSX in all of its hybridized glory readies to take flight, a new player in the game in tossing its hat in the ring, and for fans of the long defunct Supra, it may be just the car to crave when the green flag flies.
According to a press release from the automaker, Lexus will unveil the hybrid version of its all-new LC luxury coupe at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in a few weeks. It’s equipped with Lexus’s next generation electric/gas powertrain, the “Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System,” which supposedly offers phenomenal driving pleasure, more performance, and greater efficiency gains than anything we could expect.
But with Lexus doing the unprecedented, by making a production car look and behave almost exactly like the concept version, we are left with more questions than answers about this greener version of performance.
First revealed at the 2016 North America International Auto Show, the LC has reinvigorated the world’s interest in Lexus. Sharp styling, performance orientation, and luxurious craftsmanship have all trumped the RC, making what you see here Lexus’s new flagship coupe.
Inspired by the LF-LC concept that debuted back in 2012, the LC serves as further proof that Lexus’s engineering processes and ideologies have shifted almost entirely, and we couldn’t be more excited. But we aren’t the only ones who are swooning over the LC; its sexy lines and clever craftsmanship received lots of praise following the Detroit reveal, earning Lexus the coveted “EyesOn Design” award for a Production Car and “Best Designed Interior” at the 2016 NAIAS.
Lexus stayed silent in regards to performance numbers and things of that nature, but where it has remained tight-lipped about the LC, the Japanese giant has been releasing info on something else at Geneva that will warrant some coverage.
Lexus also plans to display its LF-FC concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, calling it a “visionary new vehicle,” and it’s one that has been designed to offer “a peek into the design and technology direction of Lexus’ future flagship sedan.” First revealed during the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, the LF-FC reportedly rocks a high output fuel cell system and features what Lexus calls “an advanced touchless human machine interface,” along with automated driving technologies and globs of clever design work and engineering.