After unveiling the LC 500 sports coupé in Detroit, Lexus also revealed the details of its new hybrid coupé Lexus LC 500h that boasts almost the same level of sportiness - only with a more environmentally-friendly face.

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The heart of this hybrid powertrain is a 220 kW 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine, working together with the 44.6 kW electric motor that gets its electricity from the lithium-ion battery. As it is expected from a thoroughbread sports car, the powertrain with 264 kW of system power is found in the front of the car and runs the last pair of wheels. It has enough power to make the 4.760 meter long sports coupé accelerate to 100 km/h in 5 seconds.

LC 500h, along with the V8 petrol engine driven LC500, is the first Lexus model to be constructed on the basis of new company platform, created for the rear wheel drive vehicles. The same platform will also be used on other future brands' models. While developing the vehicle, the engineers concentrated on placing the passengers and heavy mechanical parts between both axles and as low as possible in order to achieve a low centre of gravity and improve handling. To optimize the structure, they used strong, yet lightweight constructing materials.

Of course, they haven't forgotten to also include all the modern infotainment and safety features.

Feb. 18, 2016 Driving photo: Lexus

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