The LC luxury coupe from Lexus will be launched with equal pricing across the range for both the V8 and full hybrid versions - starting at £76,595 OTR.
That’s for both the LC 500 and the LC 500h, with customers therefore facing no price premium in choosing their preferred powertrain. The 471bhp V8 in the LC 500 will be mated to a ‘world-first’ 10-speed direct-shift automatic transmission, while the LC 500h’s 354bhp full hybrid system with V6 engine will feature the new Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System – technology that delivers a ‘significantly improved’ driving experience with more power, torque and linear acceleration.
Customers who wish to add an extra performance focus to their LC can select the Sport Pack (bringing the price to £80,595 OTR) or Sport+ Pack (£85,895 OTR) - to introduce extra lightweight, sports and handling features. The Sport Pack equips the LC with 21-inch forged alloy wheels, a carbon fibre roof (in place of the glass roof), combination leather and Alcantara upholstery and eight-way power-adjustable sports front seats.
These features are also included in the Sport+ Pack, together with four-wheel steering, a limited slip differential, Lexus’s Variable Gear Ratio Steering and a retractable rear spoiler. The cabin gains carbon fibre scuff plates and additional Alcantara finishing for the headlining, pillars and sun visors.
Standard features include full LED lighting, front and rear parking sensors, Lexus Premium Navigation with 12-speaker audio and 10.25-inch display, semi-aniline leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, aluminium scuff plates and sports pedals, power steering wheel adjustment, 20-inch alloy wheels and glass panoramic roof.
All versions are also equipped with Lexus Safety System+, featuring Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Crash Safety, Lane Keep Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Sway Warning and Automatic High Beam, plus a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Three further options can be specified: a bespoke 13-speaker Mark Levinson premium sound system (costs an extra £1,000), a colour head-up display (£995), while metallic paint can be ordered for £675 more.
The Lexus LS 500h will make is world debut at the Geneva motor show on 7 March, following on from the world-first appearance of the twin-turbo V6-powered LS 500 at the Detroit motor show in January.