The LC 500h gets is equipped with the automaker’s next-gen Multi Stage Hybrid System which Lexus says it promises “enhanced driving pleasure, more performance and greater efficiency”. The greater efficiency part is kind of understood given that it’s a hybrid.
The regular LC 500 comes with a 5.0-liter V8 under the hood that delivers 467-horses and 389 pound-feet of torque. It can hit 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. We’re still waiting for the hybrid powertrain details which should come on March 1.
The new 2016 LC 500 models sit on a new rear-drive “premium” platform, which is the blueprint for the company’s future front-engine/rear-wheel-drive vehicles. Lexus says in order to sharpen the car’s handling, engineers placed most of the mass, including the engine and the occupants, in a position more centralized and lower in the chassis to improve the center of gravity.
By the way, the LC 500 is based on the LF-LC concept that debuted at the North American International Auto Show several years ago. The 500 will launch as a 2017 model when it hits dealerships next year. No word on a launch date for the 500h.