Lexus introduces the LC 500 Hybrid Coupe: a perfect blend of power and efficiency

The Lexus LC coupe has all the qualities befitting a luxury coupe, representing the best in Lexus design, engineering and craftsmanship.

The Lexus coupe is now available as the LC 500h hybrid and benefits from a series of improvements and innovations since the previous model year sold. The result is an evolution in the model’s luxury motoring qualities, from its ride, handling and responsiveness to its comfort and multimedia functionality.

Furthermore, this addition to the Lexus line-up represents a perfect harmony of cutting-edge technology, unparalleled performance, and a commitment to environmental sustainability.

Adaptive Performance

The Lexus LC 500h is designed to adapt seamlessly to diverse driving conditions. Whether navigating the bustling urban streets or cruising on the open highways, the LC 500h ensures a dynamic driving experience.

At the heart of the LC 500h is its advanced hybrid powertrain, delivering an impressive blend of power and efficiency. The combination of a 3.5-liter V6 engine and an electric motor results in a thrilling driving experience with reduced environmental impact.

The LC 500h features a multi-stage hybrid system that seamlessly integrates electric power and traditional petrol power. This innovative system optimises performance across various driving conditions, ensuring a responsive and engaging ride.

Why Hybrid?

Lexus understands the evolving needs of today's drivers, and the LC 500h is a testament to the brand's commitment to sustainable mobility. By combining the power of a traditional internal combustion engine with the efficiency of an electric motor, Lexus aims to provide a driving experience that not only excites but also respects the environment.

Lexus South Africa states: "The introduction of the LC 500h hybrid coupe represents a significant milestone for Lexus SA. We believe that luxury should not come at the cost of environmental responsibility, and the LC 500h perfectly encapsulates this philosophy. With its striking design, exceptional performance, and advanced hybrid technology, we are confident that the LC 500h will redefine the standards of luxury driving in South Africa".

The Multi Stage Hybrid System

The LC 500h self-charging full hybrid powertrain features a 220kW 3.5-litre V6 engine and Lexus’ revolutionary Multi Stage Hybrid System. Total system output is 264 kW.

The Multi Stage Hybrid System is one of the most significant technical advances yet developed by Lexus. It overturns the traditional “eco” perception of hybrid powertrains to deliver authentic high performance, unlike anything seen before. In essence, the system uses a multi stage shift device to amplify engine and electric motor output in four stages, making use of the full range of engine speeds.

This gives more direct response to driver inputs and a higher level of dynamic performance and driving pleasure.

Lexus increased maximum engine speed from 6,000 to 6,600rpm, while the 0-100 km/h acceleration time remains at five seconds with a top speed of 250 km/h. While the V6 itself is smooth and very quiet, it is less thirsty during throttle openings, helping the driver to save fuel.

The Multi Stage Hybrid System’s shift logic produces a smooth and a more linear response, and also sharpens performance through bends with an automatic downshift to second gear when accelerating out of a turn. 

Luxurious Craftsmanship:

Meticulous attention-to-detail and luxurious craftsmanship define the LC 500h. Its sleek, aerodynamic design not only enhances its visual appeal but also optimises fuel efficiency, ensuring a stylish and eco-conscious driving experience.

Style and Design

The spindle grille is finished in chrome and has a mesh design with a visual tension that changes as it spreads across the front of the car. The unique LC lighting signature is created by independent daytime running lights in an arrowhead configuration and ultra-compact triple LED headlamp units. Achieving this remarkably slim headlight design played an important role in helping the designers achieve a low bonnet line and short front overhang.

A no-compromise exterior design features 21-inch run flat forged alloy wheels, and a boot spoiler with a retractable wing that comes standard, together with a carbon-fibre roof.

Rear styling

At the rear the coupe’s roof tapers down between muscular wheel arches, reinforcing the car’s wide and stable stance. The Lexus spindle shape is visible here in a three-dimensional form that is generated by lines flowing from the front of the car and along the sides, before cutting back around the inner edge of the rear combination lamps. The line of the spindle then moves outwards, following the shape of the licence plate mounting and outer edges of the tailpipes.

Colours, trims and niceties

The Lexus LC 500h coupe is available in 10 colours, namely; White Nova, Sonic Titanium, Graphite Black, Sonic Chrome, Sonic Iridium, Solar Storm Red, Sonic Copper, Terrane Khaki, Naples Yellow and Poseidon Blue. Inside the cabin, there are three options to select from and these include Black, Dark Rose and Ochre.

The LC 500h comes standard with a 12.3-inch high-resolution split-screen display that allows access to the audio, climate controls and the navigation system. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also standard for seamless connectivity coupled with a full-colour head-up display.

Convenience features that have been adopted to the vehicle include Head Up Display, seat lumbar support, tyre inflation pressure warning, EMV & navigation system, Panoramic View Monitor and Driver + Passenger seat heaters.

Lexus Safety System+

The model comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+ which comprises a package of active safety features that include Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane-Keep Assist with Lane Departure Alert and Automatic High Beam. The Lexus Safety System+ helps reduce the risk of an accident, alerts the driver to potential hazards and can help reduce the consequences should an impact be unavoidable.

Price and Warranty:

The Lexus LC 500h coupe retails for R 2 542 800 and typically like all Lexus models, boasts a best-in-class 7-years/105 000km Warranty and Full Maintenance Plan. The vehicle service intervals are pegged at every 15 000km, alternatively once a year. The LC 500h coupe furthermore comes with an additional 8-years/195 000 km hybrid battery warranty.

The Lexus LC 500h coupe is available on a customer order basis only at Lexus dealerships across South Africa.