Okay everyone, try to act surprised… Lexus has just announced that it will release a hybrid version of its all-new LC. According to Lexus, this new electrified version of the LC, which it is naming the LC 500h, will debut at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show.
The details surrounding the LC 500h remain under tight lock and key, but the automaker did mention that it will use the Lexus Multi-Stage Hybrid System to enhance driving pleasure, add some extra performance, and increase efficiency. It remains to be seen if this will powerplant will be a repurposed version of an existing hybrid unit or an all-new system.
Speaking to the latter, Lexus could retune the GS 450h’s system, which uses a 3.5-liter engine and electric motors to crank out 338 horsepower. Alternatively, it could use the LS 600h’s electrified 5.0-liter that produces 438 horsepower. My thought is that Lexus will try to use the hybrid system to enhance output over the base LC 500’s 467-horsepower 5.0-liter engine, but I doubt it will warrant an all-new system. So, I expect to see the LS 600h’s hybrid system with its wick turned up to nearly 500 horses powering the LC 500h.
Of course, this is purely speculation at this point, but I just couldn’t see Lexus going hybrid with the new sports coupe without giving it a serious boost in output.
Luckily, I only have to speculate a little longer as the Geneva show opens its doors to the press on March 1st. We’ll bring you all of the information once all the details become available. Stay tuned for more.