Published on October 13th, 2022 | by Subhash Nair0
Lexus LC 500h Could Be Perfect For Malaysian Multi-Millionaires
The Lexus LC 500h might be the perfect car for ageing Malaysian millionaires.
The Lexus LC 500 is one of the best built and best designed cars ever. If you’re in the market for a grand tourer, there’s no question that the LC should be on your mind. There are only a couple of problems. The first problem is the sheer number of options at that price point. The second problem is that it’s the only one with a 5-litre engine in the segment. So even if the argument is ‘nothing will break because it’s a Lexus’, owners will still have to spend something like RM11,000 a year just to legally drive the thing.
For 2023, we have a new Lexus LC powertrain being introduced – a 3.5L V6 Hybrid. It still bears the ‘500’ badge, but dons a little ‘h’ at the end. If Lexus Malaysia introduces THIS variant with a nice 8-year powertrain and battery warranty, we could finally have the perfect comfortable, luxurious statement car for the ageing Dato’ Sri. It’s not as harsh as the AMG GT R, it doesn’t egg you on to drive faster like the BMW M850i, and unlike the 911 Carrera S, you won’t be snubbed by buying one of the more inexpensive variants.
Instead, you’ll have an undeniably comfortable, beautiful and well-built piece of Japanese engineering that sips fuel most of the time, but still has enough power to put a smile on your face during the weekends.
The Lexus LC 500h comes with a Multi-stage Hybrid system which pairs the petrol motor with two electric motors.
The petrol engine is a 3.5L V6 with D-4S direct fuel injection and Dual VVT-i. What’s really impressive is the transmission. It pairs a planetary-type CVT with a unique 4-speed automatic, allowing for 10 forward ratios with manual control through paddle shifters. In automatic mode, the AI shift control matches gear selection to driving conditions and driver inputs. The LC 500h can also be driven without consuming a drop of fuel in pure electric mode up to 140km/h. Power comes from a lightweight lithium-ion battery that fits between the luggage compartment and rear seats. Total system output is 354hp.
Sure, that’s nowhere near as powerful as the LC 500 with a 5.0L V8 engine, but think about the savings over time. Other updates to the 2023 model include tuning the vehicle to align with the new Lexus Driving Signature, updates to the infotainment system, and Advanced Driver Assist System updates.