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Lexus to wheel out LC Coupe mark 2 hybrid in Geneva

POSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 17 February 2016

LEXUS will wheel out a second version of its impressive LC high-performance coupe at the Geneva motor show next month, with a hybrid-powered LC500h to be offered alongside the pure petrol LC500 V8.

Lexus has been coy on details of the hybrid but says it contains “next generation Multi Stage Hybrid System,” which brings more driving enjoyment and greater efficiency.

What type of engine will be paired with the electric drive system remains a secret. Its name suggests it may use the same 5.0-litre V8 fitted to the less enigmatic LC500 for an even faster option, or a smaller unit with fewer cylinders could be utilised in the name of efficiency.

With a V8 alone, the LC500 has a total output of 351kW (422hp), GoAuto reports, – the same power as the 5.0-litre that powers the company’s other V8 coupe, the RC F. If it matches its torque output, the LC500 will have 530Nm at its disposal.

The new Global Architecture Luxury (GA-L) platform which will underpin the LC pair is said to be super rigid and stronger even that the carbon-fibre unit of the LFA supercar.

Lexus says the vehicle resulted from a new level of collaboration between the design and engineering groups at the request of Toyota Motor Corporation global president and CEO Akio Toyoda who wanted to keep as much of the concept car that heralded the production version.

The hybrid LC will be on show on March 1 at the Geneva motor show, which will also provide the venue for Lexus’ LF-FC hydrogen-fuelled concept’s European debut.

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