A few days before the first official information, the Lexus has revealed new details of the LC 500h, which will be presented at the Geneva Motor Show (3-13 March). The hybrid coupe a few weeks after the launch of the LC 500, which features a 5.0-liter V8 from 467 hp and confirms the intention of the Japanese manufacturer to offer a luxury model that combines performance and efficiency to a new technical approach.
The GA-L platform 2017 Lexus LC 500h
The LC coupe proudly presents the new GA-L rear-wheel drive, which will be used for future models of Lexus. The particularly low center of gravity is favored by the mid-front position of the engine. It has deleted the spare wheel in favor of run-flat tires, allowing it to hold the front and rear overhangs.
Aluminum and carbon to reduce weight
The total weight is also limited thanks to the aluminum construction of hoods, fenders and the uprights of the front suspension, while the carbon fiber is used for the internal structure of the doors and roof. To provide maximum driving pleasure is also designed a new multi-link front suspension, which has allowed to maintain a low bonnet line while adopting a very wide section tires. The alloy wheels 20 “can be replaced with the forged 21” (available on request).
2017 Lexus LC 500h V6 hybrid
The LC 500h also introduces the Multi Stage Hybrid System, the new generation of hybrid powertrain, which will be reserved also to the next performance models of the House. The system provides for the adoption of a petrol V6 3.5 liter naturally aspirated 300 hp and 348 Nm of torque, mated to an electric motor with lithium-ion batteries located behind the rear seats. The electric motor is connected to a four-speed automatic transmission, to provide a more direct response. Finally, the weight reduction of the components has allowed to maintain a mass similar to that of previous hybrid systems, even with the addition of dedicated transmission.
The performance 2017 Lexus LC 500h
With a total power of 354 hp, according to the House from the latch 100 km / h are achieved in less than 5 seconds. The LC 500h is the first Lexus to feature a driving mode “M” for manual selection of ratios and a greater driver involvement. For the moment the data is still under certification and is not known the value relative to average consumption.