Guzzler or miser? The choice is yours
For the same $ 190,000 sticker as my car, Lexus will sell you a distinctly different LC. Dubbed the LC Hybrid, it ditches the 5.0-litre V8 in favour of a fiendishly complicated multi-stage hybrid system comprising a 3.5-litre V6 and an electric motor fed by Lexus’ first lithium-ion battery. Power is still sent to the rear wheels, only through a gearbox that combines a conventional four-speed auto with a CVT, which Lexus says removes the latter’s characteristic ‘rubber band’ sensation.