2018 Lexus LC 500h boasts impressive fuel economy rating of 30 mpg combined

Article by Christian A., on February 21, 2017

There is no harm in admitting that both the conventional and the hybrid versions of the Lexus LC 500 are real stunners when it comes to its exterior styling. Even its interior is richly luxurious and dynamically comfortable, as what you could expect from a Lexus.

When it comes to performance, the Lexus LC 500 is also mesmerizing, with acceleration and speed levels that are out of the ordinary.

Nonetheless, when it comes to choosing cars, fuel economy has been a consideration. Even when fuel prices are low, there is still a good number of customers who see fuel economy as one of the factors in buying a car. Good news is that while both the Lexus LC 500 and the Lexus LC 500h are high-performance units, they are pretty fuel efficient, especially the hybrid version.

According to the Japanese premium carmaker, the Lexus LC 500 is able to return 16 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined. The Lexus LC 500h, on the other hand, returns better figures -- 26 mpg city, 35 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined.

2018 Lexus LC 500

The power behind the LC 500 is an all-aluminum 32-valve 5.0-liter V8 engine that also powered the Lexus GS F and Lexus RC F. Chosen for its smooth engine sound and a more linear throttle reaction, this V8 engine could deliver up to 467 hp of output and up to 389 lb.-ft. of torque.

This engine features a dual intake inlet as well as a Sound Generator for a louder engine sound. Mated to the engine and transferring the power to the rear wheels of the LC 500 is a 10-speed automatic transmission that is spaced closely together to provide enough bandwidth in shifting. This engine allows the LC 500 to sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and reach a governed top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h).

2018 Lexus LC 500h

On the other hand, the Lexus LC 500h is powered by the world’s first Multi Stage Hybrid System, a hybrid that is designed to provide a more engaging driving experience by aligning engine speed with throttle inputs. This hybrid system consists of a 3.5 liter V6 petrol engine and a dynamic electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. A four-speed automatic gearbox is located at the rear of the hybrid transmission.

While the addition of the extra automatic transmission means added weight, the LC 500h comes with a lightweight and compact electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. Producing 354 hp (263 kW), this hybrid system allows the Lexus LC 500h to zoom from nil to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h).

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