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2018 Lexus LC 500h Uses 3.5-liter V-6, Electric Motor for 354 HP

New Multi-Stage Hybrid debuts in Geneva.

Lexus says using the four-speed automatic transmission means that engine rpm “more closely aligns” with the driver’s inputs under acceleration, giving a more direct feeling between the right pedal and the car’s performance. In other words, drivers will actually see the tachometer moving in a natural manner as they wring out the car’s engine. The LC 500h also has an M mode for its transmission, marking the first time a Lexus hybrid has ever allowed manual shifting. And because the new motor and lithium-ion battery are lighter and more compact than in past Lexus hybrids, the company says adding the automatic doesn’t make the overall powertrain any heavier than other hybrids.
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