2016 Geneva Motor Show Preview: The Lexus LC500h Hybrid Sports Coupe

The 2018 Lexus LC 500h will be the most powerful and best looking hybrid car you could possibly own. I understand those are big words, and I mean every one of them.

The 6-cylinder, multi-stage hybrid LC 500h is rumored to hit showrooms at about $100k. Contrast that to $140k for a BMW i8. Bentley’s upcoming 10 Speed 6 Hybrid is estimated to cost around $140k. The Lamborghini Asterion Hybrid comes in at a cool million. The Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid is out of production, so those prices aren’t going anywhere but up.

Lexus introduced the LC500h last week, before the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Clearly they wanted to get the jump on the Euros. Porsche is introducing the new Boxster in Geneva. BMW is showing the new M760 and Alpina B7 Bi-turbo. Bentley is christening an all-new Mulsanne ultra-luxe battleship. Maserati is pulling the curtain on the new Levante SUV.

Lexus, in their wisdom, doesn’t want the LC500h to get lost in the shuffle. And for good reason. Take a look at this car:



This is a gorgeous vehicle. I don’t know how they do it, but Lexus designers perform magic around what must be one of the most ungainly grilles ever. The stainless steel front end of any Lexus is a variation of this design, and reminds me of something from a more stylish “X-Men” universe. The grille is more shape as branding stuff. In the case of the LC500h, the design team has used the “X” to build a curvy, sleek and killer design.

Looking at the LC500h from a low angle, you can see they make the most of a character line created from the center of the “x” in the grille. This brow extends under the headlamps, incorporates the front wheel wells, and extends along the beltline to a Corvette-style chopped deck and tail.

This is a powerful statement that makes the car look like it is crafted from a single piece of metal. The low greenhouse of the cabin drives home the racer feel. In fact the platform is the first Lexus’ built on their GA-L (global architecture-luxury) platform. GA-L places most of the car’s weight low and towards the center of the vehicle, enhancing maneuverability and stability.


 

2018 Lexus LC Coupe interior. Image by Hybrid and Electric Car News.

2018 Lexus LC Coupe interior. Image by Hybrid and Electric Car News.


I had a chance to sit in the LC600, the non-green brother of the 500h. It was at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. was a wonderful experience for about 15 seconds. According to Lexus, the interior is designed to be as close to CG as possible, allowing for more feel. Unfortunately I couldn’t experience that, as the Lexus media guy told me to get out.

The 2018 Lexus LC500h is powered by a 3.5 liter V6 married to a 44.6 kw battery. Add a 4-speed automatic, and the combination will get you to 62 mph in under 5 seconds—according to Lexus.

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