Guz­zler or miser? The choice is yours

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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.

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