Lexus to build hybrid supercar

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Lexus looks set to build a hybrid version of its LF-A supercar -- the petrol-only version of which we reported on in March (see link below).

It'll be here in under two years and it'll house a hybrid powertrain. It's likely to be the same at the one in the 600h saloon, that is, a 5-litre V8 with continuously-variable transmission coupled to an electric motor and battery package. Total output is said to be 435bhp, according to Autocar. Performance is likely to be in the sub-four seconds range for zero to 60mph, with a top speed of around 200mph. The rear wheels will definitely be driven but it's undecided whether the front ones will be as well.

Meanwhile, the motor in the non-hybrid version, which was originally to be a V10, will now become a V8 in accordance with this year's F1 regulations; parent company Toyota is looking to reap some marketing benefits from its huge F1 investment.

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  • DucatiGary 24 Aug 2006

    the wing mirrors look kinda cool even if they wont let you see whats behind you.

  • jerrold 24 Aug 2006

    Cameras maybe?

  • dean_ratpac 24 Aug 2006

    didn't Volvo experiment with 'continuously-variable' transmissions? it looks very similar to the New peugeot...

  • Yugguy 24 Aug 2006

    My Grandad's DAF was rubber-band driven 30 years ago...

  • GTRene 24 Aug 2006

    DucatiGary said:
    the wing mirrors look kinda cool even if they wont let you see whats behind you.

    I believe I've read somewhere a while ago that there are indeed camera's instold in thos lovely small wings...and at 200mph it could take ao to fly
    Lovely tight looking car? nice lines not shouting but still a monster...?
    GTRene

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