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A Grand Touring Coupe like no other

The All-New 2018 Lexus LC 500 and LC 500h
Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 06:00
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Like other Lexus Hybrids, the new Multi Stage Hybrid System pairs a gasoline engine with two electric motor/generators, but the similarities end there. The 3.5-liter V6 engine uses D-4S direct fuel injection and Dual VVT-i to ensure ample torque. This new system retains the planetary-type continuously variable transmission and adds a unique four-speed automatic transmission. Together, they alter output to use more of the engine’s power and provide ten shifting ratios through the paddle shifters. The Multi Stage Hybrid System provides more electric assist at lower speeds, enabling the LC 500h to operate with the gasoline engine off at higher speeds.

“In addition to the aluminum hood, the LC is the first Lexus to have aluminum front fenders and doors.”

Combined system output is 354 HP, yet that figure doesn’t fully reveal its true performance potential. In a conventional full hybrid vehicle, engine output is amplified by the electric motor through a reduction gear. The Multi Stage Hybrid System amplifies the power of the engine and the electric motor with the four-speed automatic transmission to generate greater drive power when accelerating. This is the first Lexus hybrid that can spin its rear wheels and it is also the first Lexus hybrid to use a lithium-ion battery pack.

*  Ratings achieved using the required premium unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of 91 or higher. If premium fuel is not used, performance will decrease.

 ** 2018 Lexus LC 500 EPA MPG estimates. Actual mileage will vary.

The latest audio, navigation and Lexus Enform technologies are artfully integrated in the dashboard multimedia display. An available 13-speaker Mark Levinson™* system is designed for the best cabin acoustics and includes Clari-Fi music restoration technology to enhance playback of today’s compressed music. On the road, the Lexus Safety System + suite of technologies combines active safety features to help drivers avoid accidents or lessen the consequences of a collision. They include:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist and Vehicle Sway Warning
  • Intelligent High Beam System (IHB)

Because the LC includes extensive use of lighter materials like aluminum and carbon fiber, collision repairs require special attention. In addition to the aluminum hood, the LC is the first Lexus to have aluminum front fenders and doors. It is especially important to not cross-contaminate aluminum with steel, or corrosion will form. When working on aluminum, separate tools and workstations are required, and bolts and fasteners must be coated to prevent corrosion.

The LC has an aluminum front suspension that also requires special attention. The strut tower is connected to the steel frame side member using Self Pierce Rivets (SPR). If it is ever damaged, the side member and the strut tower will have to be replaced – not repaired – and as a result they can only be ordered as one unit. For more repair information, please reference the LC Collision Repair Manual.

Repairing the available carbon fiber roof may also present some challenges. The Collision Repair Information Bulletin (CRIB) #189 outlines the proper steps for repairing carbon fiber clear coat finish. You can find it at

Drivers are responsible for their own safe driving. Always pay attention to your surroundings and drive safely. Depending on the conditions of roads, weather and the vehicle, the system(s) may not work as intended. See Owner’s Manual for additional limitations and details.

*Mark Levinson is a registered trademark of Harman International Industries, Inc.

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