Those hoping that Lexus would bring its technology-reliant ways to an LC500 will ...
Those hoping that Lexus would bring its technology-reliant ways to an LC500 will not have to walk away disappointed because a new Mercedes-Benz S-Class fighter has the silicon toys to rival the International Space Station.
Switches, buttons, and the Lexus’ notoriously annoying touchpad infotainment system is present inside a new grand touring machine and even the LC500h, the hybrid variant, gets the nifty four-speed gearbox placed aft of its CVT to reduce the nuisances of the shift-free acceleration.
In effect, it helps the LC500h have the same torque manipulation as the ten-speed gearbox, the transmission its 5.0-liter V8-powered cousin, an LC500. While Lexus has yet to reveal information on an LC-F, we would hope that product planners at Toyota’s luxury wing are wise enough to know better than to leave the performance enthusiasts stranded in this segment.
The only problem is that if Lexus does build an LC-F, we can expect it to gain its extra horsepower from the hybrid drivetrain, meaning that it may be one of the first dedicated sports vehicles to have the segment sacrilege-committing CVT gearbox.
We would be happier if Lexus put more LFA into the vehicle than Toyota Prius, but the world is changing fast and we may soon have to accept such systems if we still want to get our speed fix.
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