Coming straight from the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the hybrid coupe makes its marking its first appearance in North America in New York.
Officially shown earlier this month, the LC 500h version uses the next-gen Multi Stage Hybrid System powertrain that was specifically designed for performance vehicles.
The system aligns engine speeds and throttle inputs, while balancing fuel consumption with power and also features an “M” mode, allowing drivers to initiate direct and responsive gear shifts.
The hybrid follows the LC 500, which was presented in January, at NAIAS. The high-performance coupe marked the firm’s shift in engineering processes and design direction, with its aerodynamic shape, V8 engine and the newly developed 10-speed automatic transmission, the first one to be used in a luxury vehicle.
Besides the two coupes, Toyota’s brand will also showcase the 2016 GS F performance-oriented sedan, with its 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 producing 467 HP, along with the 2016 RX, wrapped in a “brilliant color print“. These will be joined by the GS F and RC F “360 Virtual Reality Experience”, which will allow visitors to the event to experience them as “if driving on a professional track“.