Whenever there’s a new Lexus model on the way, odds are pretty good that there will be a hybrid version. In the case of the LC500, the new flagship coupe unveiled last month, that’s true once again, as Lexus has just announced the LC500h.
Lexus already offers hybrid versions of six other models: the NX, RX, ES, GS, LS, and the hybrid-only CT200h.
As of yet, there’s little word from Lexus about the new LC hybrid, other than the fact that it will exist. Lexus is saying only that the LC500h will feature the company’s “next-generation hybrid powertrain, the Lexus Multi-Stage Hybrid System.” It remains to be seen whether that’s something all-new, or an evolution of the hybrid system in one of its current models. If it’s the latter, it could be a version of the system in the GS450h, which utilizes a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V-6 and a pair of electric motors to produce a combined 338 horsepower, or it could be derived instead from the LS600hL powertrain, in which the engine is 5.0-liter V-8 and total system output is 438 horsepower.
The standard, non-hybrid LC500 features a 5.0-liter V-8 good for 467 horsepower, funneled through a 10-speed automatic an on to the rear wheels. The seventh member of the Lexus hybrid family will make its debut next month at the Geneva auto show.
Lexus RC500h, moving