Lexus LC 500h

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Hybrid

660mi Range

Seats 4

4.7ft3 Cargo

L=187.4
W=75.6
H=53

1.1kWh Battery

Primarily a 2-door, 2-seat sports car with 2 additional small seats, the Lexus LC 500h is all new for 2018. Says Lexus: “Experience a profound shift in hybrid performance. A breakthrough Lexus Multistage Hybrid Drive and a multistage transmission deliver instant torque and response to put the entire category on notice.”

It’s a unique car in that there are no other high end hybrid sport coupes available on the market at just under six figures. (The Lexus website says the “h” starts at $96,510.)

The hybrid version uses a combination of a standard gasoline V6 and two electric motors called MG1 and MG2. Motor Generator 2 sends power to the rear wheels and captures regenerative braking energy, which it sends back to a lithium-ion battery pack comprised of 84 cells. Motor Generator 1 is a primary generator to start the gas engine and control the engine’s speed. What these two motors give the “h” is about 10MPG more in every category: 26 city, 35 highway and 19 combined, when the car is in Eco mode. With 354 total system horsepower, the car roars to 60MH in 4.7 seconds. Pretty darn fast for a hybrid!

A double-joint multilink suspension system was built from scratch for the car to increase its performance. A driver-centric cockpit offers magnesium paddle shifters and LFA-inspired digital performance gauges to keep the hybrid’s driver updated. The car’s near-perfect weight distribution provides a strikingly low center of gravity which increases it’s instinctive handling. AMCI Testing says the “h” has "Overall Handling Performance equal to the Aston Martin DV11,” and “Better Overall Handling Performance than the BMW 650i Coupe.”

Says Edmund’s editor Cameron Rogers: “A world-class cabin and sophisticated hybrid powertrain make the LC 500h a standout sport coupe. Motivating the LC 500h is a combination of a 3.5-liter gasoline V6 and an electric motor. A continuously variable automatic transmission works in conjunction with a traditional four-speed automatic to send power to the rear wheels. The unique powertrain helps make the most out of the horsepower available, which is 354 hp for the total system. This hybrid feels quick on the road. In fact, it posted the same 0-60 mph time at our test track as the V8-driven LC 500. Plus, you get 30 mpg in combined city/highway driving, according to the EPA, which is fantastic for a luxury performance coupe and more than 50 percent better fuel economy than the LC 500.”

Concerning their test drives of the 2018 Lexus LC 500 and LC 500h, Motor Trend says: “Lexus produced one of the grandest grand touring coupes extant. With their show-car sheet metal (in truth it’s an aluminum hood, front fenders, doors, and the trunk is made from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CRFP) and classic long-hood short-deck grand touring proportions (front mid-engine actually), the LC 500 and the hybrid-powered LC 500h are indisputably gorgeous. They look like a million bucks. The LC 500 sounds fabulous especially from the outside, and that V-8 rumble is even delivered to the cabin with a resonance tube connecting the intake to the firewall.”

Motor Trend gives an A+ to both the 500 and 500h on their interiors and exteriors, calling them “as magnificent inside as out. There was simply no way around designing an interior as gorgeous as the LC’s exterior. Lexus did. The cockpit looks and feels like capital “L” luxury ought to. With the instrument panel’s latest version of thin film transistor (TFT) display technology – introduced in the Lexus LFA supercar, including its moving central ring – the sweeping lines of the dashboard blend beautifully into the contoured door panels. The leather-wrapped cocoon feeling is unique, even for sporty coupes. Titanium-toned metal elements look lustrous and rich, and beside the standard 10.3-inch TFT infotainment display is a clear panel covering a black one adorned with hundreds of tessellated “L” logos that is striking and elegant to say the least.”

LC 500h’s technology is extensive. Says Senior Green Car editor Sebastian Blanco: “Sitting in the comfortable driver's seat – available as a 10-way power seat standard or as a Alcantara Sport seat in higher trims – the LC 500h promises a lot with its tech-of-the-future-vibe. To change some of the settings, for example, you push a button that moves the entire speedometer over a few inches to reveal more real estate on an LCD screen. The first time this pointless-yet-cool thing happens, you think that perhaps you might just find the button to enter the Batcave if you look hard enough!”

The 10.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multi-information display provides immediate, simultaneous access to audio or climate controls and various systems including Navigation. The new display offers a full-screen map for added convenience. The system also greets you with a customizable image when the ignition button is pressed. The voice-activated Navigation System can map millions of points of interest across the country and can display information in English, French or Spanish. In addition to offering up-to-date traffic and weather information, 3D city views, and simulated views of approaching highway junctions, it displays the current speed limit and can automatically identify nearby gas stations if you begin to run low on fuel.

Standard on “h,” Siri Eyes Free connects with your compatible iPhone, enabling you to access e-mail, send text messages and more. The Siri feature lets you search your portable music collection and use the results to create customized playlists. A 12-speaker Premium Sound System provides an immersive surround-sound experience. In addition to transferring phone numbers to your vehicle, and placing and ending calls with the touch of a button, Bluetooth audio technology offers the convenience of accessing and controlling your compatible device's entire music library and even streaming audio from websites – all while your device remains in your pocket or purse. To minimize driver distraction, an optional full-color Heads-Up Display projects a range of essential navigation, safety and performance info directly onto the windshield—including audio, speed, current gear and rpm.

Lexus Enform Destination Assist offers 24-hour access to a live response center agent to help you locate a specific business, address or point of interest. If you're searching for a restaurant, the agent can help you narrow your choices by distance or type of cuisine, and remotely send the destination to your vehicle’s Navigation System.* The Lexus Enform Destination Assist is complimentary for the first year of ownership.

A SmartAccess key fob lets you lock and unlock your doors and start the push-button ignition—all without having to take your keys out of your pocket or purse. As soon as the sensors detect the presence of your SmartAccess key, the door unlocks when you touch a front-door handle.

Lexus Enform Remote mobile app helps you remotely start the engine, lock and unlock doors, check the status of doors and windows as well as your fuel level, and helps you find your vehicle in a parking lot. If you loan your Lexus to another driver, you can receive instant alerts if, for example, a preset speed or mile limit is exceeded. Lexus Enform Remote is complimentary for the first year of ownership.

An optional Convenience Package offering Intuitive Parking Assist Blind Spot Monitor Alert and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert is available for $1,000.

Thanks to government incentives for low-CO2 vehicles in Europe, Lexus projects that 90% of its LC 500’s sold there will be hybrid versions. The company is hoping to bite off a sizable portion of the 2+2 luxury hybrid coupe market in the USA as well with their dramatic new hotshot.

Specs

Performance:

  • Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission
  • Basic Warranty: 4 yr./ 50000 mi.
  • Powertrain Warranty 6 yr./ 70000 mi.
  • Free Maintenance: 1 yr./ 10000 mi.
  • Hybrid Component Warranty: 8 yr./ 100000 mi.
  • Hybrid V6 engine – Double overhead cam (DOHC)
  • 24 valves
  • 354 hp @ 6600 rpm
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Four-wheel independent suspension
  • Front and rear stabilizer bar

Interior:

  • 8-way power driver seat, 8-way power passenger seat
  • Bucket front seats
  • Height-adjustable driver seat, height adjustable passenger seat
  • Leather
  • Multi-level heating driver seat, multi-level heating passenger seat
  • Ventilated driver seat, ventilated passenger seat
  • Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support
  • 2 one-touch power windows
  • Hands-free entry
  • 2 front headrests
  • 2 rear headrests
  • LED headlamp
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Electric power steering
  • Front cupholders, front door pockets
  • Keyless ignition
  • Backup camera
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Universal remote transmitter (for garage door, security system, etc.)
  • Transmission, cruise and audio controls on steering wheel
  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
  • Interior air filtration
  • Climate control
  • In-car entertainment: 1 subwoofer(s), 12 total speakers, 3 Months of provided satellite radio service, Pioneer premium brand stereo system, USB connection, auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control, satellite radio w/real time traffic satellite radio, speed-sensitive volume control, AM/FM stereo
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
  • Blind-spot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system
  • Child seat anchors
  • Cornering lights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Dual front side-mounted airbags, Front and rear head airbags
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Post-collision safety system, Pre-collision safety system
  • Remote anti-theft alarm system
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Traction control
  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Emergency braking assist
  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
  • Rear integrated headrests
  • Heated mirrors
  • Clock, compass, external temperature display, tachometer, trip computer
  • All Weather Package
  • Convenience Package
  • Accessory Package
  • Sport Package w/Glass Roof
  • Touring Package
  • Performance Package
  • Sport Package w/Carbon Roof
  • All-Weather Trunk Tray
  • Carpet Floor Mats
  • Heads Up Display
  • All-Weather Floor Liners
  • Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound System
  • Carpet Trunk Mat
  • All-Weather Floor Liners w/Trunk Tray
  • Spider Cargo Net
  • Key Gloves
  • Airbag Deployment Notification
  • Emergency Service
  • Stolen Vehicle Tracking/Assistance
  • Destination Download
  • Destination guidance (also Turn-by-Turn Navigation)
  • Roadside Assistance

Exterior:

  • Alloy wheels, 20-in. wheels, 275/40R20 tires, run flat tires
  • 21" Forged Wheels
  • Carbon Fiber Lower Grille Insert
  • Carbon Fiber Rear Spoiler
  • Premium Paint
  • Paint Protection Film
  • Alloy Wheel Locks
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