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Lexus to launch LC500h sports car in India

Written by Parichay Malvankar

Lexus is planning to launch the LC500h coupe in the Indian market. This will be a luxury sports car, or a gran tourer if you like to consider it which will rival the likes of Jaguar F-Type and the upcoming BMW 8-Series. Lexus is expected to add this to their Indian portfolio by 2020 and the Japanese luxury brand will hence have a 2-door performance car in our market.

Lexus currently has the ES300h, LS300h, NX300h, RX450h, LX450d and LX570 in the Indian showrooms. While the Lexus dealerships are not too good in numbers, the cars are making their presence felt in the Indian market slowly and steadily. Also, the hybrid tech offered on the Lexus range of cars is just about perfect as a stepping stone towards the electric mobility future.

Powering the Lexus LC500h is a 3.5L, V6 gasoline engine which produces 300 HP of power and 348 Nm of torque matched to an electric motor which bumps up the combined output to 354 HP power. The gearbox coupled to this hybrid system is a 4-speed automatic with CVT which altogether give the driver 10 gear ratios to play around with in sport mode via pedals (in short, manual mode). Lexus claims that the LC500h can sprint from 0-100 kmph in 4.7 seconds and has a top speed limited to 250 kmph.

The other engine option sold abroad is a 5.0L, naturally aspirated, V8 gasoline engine which belts out 477 HP of power and 540 Nm of torque matched to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Typical of Lexus designs, the LC500h is also super sharp and edgy in its appearance. A large front grille with the spindle design, LED DRLs in boomerang shape with LED projector headlamps, LED tail lamps, healthy dose of chrome, snazzy alloy wheels, very cool looking rear view mirrors, dual exhaust tips, top quality leather upholstery inside, digital speedometer, 10.3″ infotainment with trackpad controls, electric seats, and all the luxury car equipment you might need.

While the LC500h will surely make heads turn on the Indian streets, wishful thinking just makes us imagine what would have been the story if at all the Lexus LFA was to be sold in India. DROOL!