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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  • Gazboy 26 Aug 2006

    Thanyou very much

  • Andy Mac 25 Aug 2006

    i think you are right about the badge thing... Not sure people like considering a toyota/Lexus, etc, in the same group as porsche, etc. They just don't like it!

    (PS... Your topic closed statement in the MR2 engine boot thread was a cracker!)

  • Gazboy 25 Aug 2006

    Andy Mac said:
    R988 said:
    Obi wan said:
    Whose gonna buy a Lexus supercar unless they want to have the Alan Patridge image?


    Americans, in droves probably.

    Not sure they have Alan partridge in America! So, hands up if you would't want a Noble/ferrari/porsche if Alan partridge had one? Hmmm...


    This country is really the only place in the world where the badge actually matters. Lexus will sell thousands of these in the USA, Middle East, Germany, Asia and Australasia. The Ricer/Import tag doesn't appear to apply the Lexus in the states, unlike Honda (despite selling millions of accords and legends). They might only sell a handful here- look at the Supra- global market of 22,000 cars made over 9 years- only 600 were sold here for three years. Stateside the Supra was in group tests with the Porsche Turbo's, Vipers, Corvette ZR1 for their automotive press- apart from the odd 0-100-0 shootout (which I've never seen) it would never be in a mag feature here against a Porsche Turbo or Esprit.

  • Andy Mac 25 Aug 2006

    R988 said:
    Obi wan said:
    Whose gonna buy a Lexus supercar unless they want to have the Alan Patridge image?


    Americans, in droves probably.

    Not sure they have Alan partridge in America! So, hands up if you would't want a Noble/ferrari/porsche if Alan partridge had one? Hmmm...

  • R988 25 Aug 2006

    Obi wan said:
    Whose gonna buy a Lexus supercar unless they want to have the Alan Patridge image?


    Americans, in droves probably.

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