Lexus LC500h (2016 Geneva Motor Show)

2016 Geneva Motor Show: Lexus LC500h rips 0-100km/h in less than five seconds

The Lexus LC500h made its world premiere at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland last March 1. Lexus has revealed some data of the LC500h’s power performance.

The LC500h is the hybrid version of the LC500, a new luxury coupe that was announced at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show in January. It features Lexus’ newly developed Multi-Stage Hybrid powertrain.

The hybrid powertrain has the 2GR-FXS, which is a 3.5L V6 petrol engine. It generates a maximum output and a maximum torque of 300ps/6600rpm and 35.5kgm/4900rpm respectively. The combined output of the motor and the engine is 360ps.

The hybrid system, which uses two motors, is mated to a four-speed AT, making it possible for the Multi-Stage Hybrid to control the outputs of both the engine and the motors. Since it now has higher engine rpm, it delivers powerful performance even when driving at low speeds because it produces powerful driving force from low rpm. EV drive mode is enhanced when the high operating point of the system efficiency is selected when driving from low to high speeds. Thus, it is able to balance a comfortable ride while achieving excellent fuel economy and a sensitive drive.

Lexus revealed some data of the LC500h’s power performance in a press conference at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. They confidently revealed: “It rips 0-100km/h in less than five seconds. This figure will tell you everything.”

This acceleration time is comparable to the 4.9 seconds acceleration time of the Mercedes-Benz SL400 and the 4.6 seconds of the BMW 650i, both of which are models that Lexus considers to be the rivals of the LC500h. Lexus commented: “The Multi-Stage Hybrid of the LC500h will be the next generation of performance hybrid systems.”

(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)