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Old 06-21-2018, 03:29 PM
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https://www.motorauthority.com/news/...ourings-future

It’s clear that the path forward in the auto industry involves electrification. No market segment will be immune from it, though some will take longer to hop on the electrification train.

Toyota is the current king of hybrids, with its Prius and Camry models. The Japanese automaker’s luxury division, Lexus, is no stranger to hybrids as well, with hybrid variants of the popular RX crossover SUV and ES sedan.

So it was no surprise when Lexus unveiled the LC 500h hybrid at the 2016 Geneva motor show just months after the V-8 LC 500 model was shown at the 2016 Detroit auto show.

After spending a week with the 2018 Lexus LC 500h hybrid this spring, it’s clear that there are compromises in the march toward electrification, but hybridization is a perfect fit for a grand touring machine.

The LC 500h buyer suffers no visual trade-off for choosing the hybrid over the V-8 model. The wild eye-catching concept-car design remains. Lexus does include some visual cues that this is a hybrid, though. The badges get a blue hue, chrome adorns the standard wheels, and a discrete hybrid badge identifies the model on each rocker panel. Aside from that, it’s the same drool-worthy LC coupe.

Inside, the only way to distinguish the hybrid from its V-8 sibling is to examine the gauge cluster. An EV light indicates the powertrain is ready to roll. Otherwise, it’s the standard LC 500 interior, right down to the supremely comfortable road-trip-worthy seats and the terrible infotainment system with a trackpad.

Where the LC 500h hybrid differs from its V-8 sibling is what’s under the hood. It’s powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 aided by two electric motors and hooked to a 4-speed automatic transmission. A 44-kwh lithium-ion battery pack supplies power for the motors. Total system output is 354 horsepower, down 113 hp from the V-8-powered LC 500.

Despite that deficit, the LC 500h runs 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds–just 0.3 second slower than the V-8 model–and has a top speed of 155 mph versus the V-8 model’s 168 mph limit.

Off the line, the V-6 actually feels like it has more punch than the V-8 due to the instant torque of the electric motors, but that feeling fades above 30 mph where the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter builds its power with more gusto as the revs climb.

At cruising speed on the highway the hybrid powertrain isn’t as enthusiastic about throwing occupants back into their seats during aggressive passing maneuvers. The power is nowhere near as instantaneous as that of the V-8, and the transmission doesn’t feel as quick to shift as the V-8’s 10-speed automatic.

While the acceleration difference is surprisingly small, the aural excitement of the 5.0-liter V-8 simply can’t be matched by the hybrid powertrain. The V-8 has a burly exhaust note that bellows from the LC 500’s tailpipes, but the LC 500h plays a synthetic soundtrack that can be surprisingly loud, and at times, buzzy.

With an extra 155 pounds to carry over the V-8 model, the LC 500h suffers a minor handling penalty as well, but it’s not as drastic as you’d expect.

Like the V-8 model, though, the hybrid’s steering is precise, though feedback is muddy and the car doesn’t provide a crystal clear picture of what the wheels are doing.

The takeaway
Grand tourers are meant to look good while getting you where you want go rapidly and in style. The LC 500h meets these criteria as I found out on a weekend road trip to a wedding in Iowa from my home in Minnesota.

With 4.7 cubic feet of space, the trunk holds just enough for a weekend away for two. That’s 0.7 cubic feet less than the LC 500 due to the room needed for the lithium-ion battery pack. It has rear seats, but think of them as a parcel shelf for whatever luggage you can’t fit in the small trunk.

As we march into the future, the LC 500h shows that automakers can build a more efficient grand tourer without making significant compromises to design, performance, or comfort.



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A 4AT?
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Old 06-22-2018, 10:32 AM
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I saw one of these driving around my neighborhood the other day.. or I think it was the LC 300. Either way.. I was like 'I've never seen that before' and it looked nice in person.
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There is LC300?????
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Oh, modern day engine bays... lift the hood to find another "hood" obstructing 70% of the engine bay.

Car makers always looking for a place to cut costs.... I know where they could start...
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There is LC300?????
I guess the 3 was really a 5... didn't see it clearly. But the don't make a 300 so obviously was a 500 lol.
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Development finally under way for the F variant.

Of course, the biggest question is what’s under the hood. There have been countless rumors on the subject and they have included everything from a naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 to a supercharged version of the engine. Other rumors have indicated a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with 600 hp (447 kW / 608 PS) and 470 lb-ft (636 Nm) of torque. These should be taken with a grain of salt, as should rumors suggesting the car will use a hybrid powertrain.While it’s too early to know what will power the LC F, the LC 500 has a 5.0-liter V8 with 471 hp (351 kW / 477 PS) and 398 lb-ft (540 Nm) of torque. This enables the car to run from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.4 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h).To appease hybrid fans, Lexus also offers an LC 500h with a 3.5-liter V6 and two electric motors. The model has a combined maximum output of 354 hp (264 kW / 359 PS) and this allows for a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time of 4.7 seconds. That’s not much slower than the LC 500, but the hybrid is limited to 155 mph (250 km/h).
https://www.carscoops.com/2018/07/le...ance-flagship/
Car will definitely most likely retain its V8, likely assisted by turbos. It will need the 600hp bare minimum as one of the LC's critique's is the shared V8, but no significant power increase over the F models.
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That dash is

Did Lexus even try?

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Originally Posted by Rick_TL-S View Post
Development finally under way for the F variant.

https://www.carscoops.com/2018/07/le...ance-flagship/
Car will definitely most likely retain its V8, likely assisted by turbos. It will need the 600hp bare minimum as one of the LC's critique's is the shared V8, but no significant power increase over the F models.




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ps. someone at Lexus sure loves that diagonal twin tailpipes thing
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That has been their F signature for a while now.. so i guess you have to have something that is recognizable that is different than your standard cars.

I just hope they have something special in their pocket for the F variant. Not the same 5.0 V8.
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https://www.carscoops.com/2018/12/ca...ghty-lfa-race/

It’s been six years since the last Lexus LFA rolled off the production line and we still can’t get enough of this magnificent creation. Perhaps this is part of the reason why Lexus gave us the LC Coupe in the first place but that’s a topic for another time.



Carwow managed to secure a very rare (and very black) example of the mighty LFA to race against a LC500. While many of you might have guessed already the winner, it’s always interesting to see how the two models compare on a straight line.

The Lexus LFA is powered by what is considered by many one of the best internal combustion engines ever created for a passenger car; a naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V10 co-developed with Yamaha with a dry sump and a redline at 9,000rpm. The output is rated at 552hp and 354lb-ft of torque but the highlights here are the jaw-dropping soundtrack and its ferocity while going through the rev band.

Lexus claimed back in the day that the engine can rev from idle to redline in just 0.6 seconds, forcing them to use a digital cluster as an analogue needle simply couldn’t keep up. The automatic transmission is a six-speed single-clutch item from Aisin while the chassis is a carbon monocoque with aluminum front and rear subframes. This is a hand-built supercar, whereas the LC500 is a series-production luxury GT.

Speaking of which, the current Lexus flagship comes with a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine with 467hp and 389lb ft of torque, paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The slightly torquier engine is offset by the car’s weight, as the LC 500 tips the scales at 1,935kg (4,266 lbs) compared to the LFA’s 1,614kg (3,558lbs).

Want to hear some angry V10 and V8 noises? Of course you do.
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That dash is

Did Lexus even try?
maybe a bad pic?

supposed to be pretty nice inside, i never sat in one so....

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https://jalopnik.com/the-lexus-lc-co...air-1831668591

Not to be outdone by their cousins at Toyota, the people at Lexus have their own surprise sporty offering for the Detroit Auto Show next week: A droptop version of the fabulous Lexus LC coupe.

While Lexus is doing the whole “wink-wink nudge-nudge” thing about this just being “just a concept,” you can almost certainly expect this thing to be in production soon.

Lexus’ press release is pretending to be cagey on the matter, quoting chief designer Tadao Mori as saying: “A production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways. You would see its dynamic lines as you approach, hear its engine when you started it up and feel everything around you once on the road. It would engage the senses in a way that is unique and exciting every time you got behind the wheel.”

Sounds rad! Now build it, I guess. And with this thing looking entirely production-ready down to the license plate spot, we’re betting Lexus will.

The LC Coupe was launched in 2017, finally taking the 2012 LF-LC concept into production without many changes. While it’s not the fastest car around, it’s one of your Jalopnik staff’s favorite grand tourers at the moment—comfortable, powerful and unique, it definitely commands attention wherever it goes. On top of that, it still uses a naturally aspirated V8 in our almost all-turbo world, and for that reason alone we’re big fans.

A convertible LC would be fun. Lexus has something of a checkered history with droptops, as things like the last-generation SC and second-generation IS convertible weren’t actually huge hits. The LF-C2 conceptwas better, but then we heard it got axed because the dealers were pissed they weren’t getting a three-row RX crossover.

Well, that is a thing now, so perhaps the Lexus crossover and SUV lineup is adequately huge enough to try a convertible again. Additionally, we’ve heard lately that this and a performance-oriented LC F have both been green-lit, so good on Toyota and Lexus for trying not to be boring in a car landscape increasingly dominated by giant, family-hauling lifted hatchbacks.

We’ll see more of this thing in Detroit.
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My first thought regarding the convertible - but why?

On second glance, seems like they intended there to be a convertible variant from the outset. The body lines where the top meet trunk are just like the coupe's.

LC500F though, got dayum. I like how the test mule is riding on Rota Torques Work Kiwamis. Flexxxx. I'm in love with the LC in general, just love how low and wide it looks.
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Convertible is logical and appropriate, and it works well on this car. They also have lineage Read: SC430
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i think this is one of those rare occasions where the convertible version actually looks better than the coupe.
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Lexus still calls the car a concept, but we've been told it's basically 95% production ready and will start unofficially taking names for a waiting list by summer.
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Convertible is logical and appropriate, and it works well on this car. They also have lineage Read: SC430
I see they've carried on the lineage of only allowing quadruple amputees to sit in the back seat

That back seat makes me laugh, and I own a BRZ.
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Like mentioned. 4 seats vs 2 seats for insurance classification.
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I totally get that.

But this is a car that starts around $90k msrp.

Not too sure most of their buyers would really care about the difference in insurance rates. I guess it's a nicer looking shelf for stuff than just, well, a shelf.

There was a point when the Camaro SS (4-seats) cost more to insure than a Corvette. Might even be true today.
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