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Bold styling for the Lexus LC 500h (pictures)

Lexus shows off the hybrid version of its all-new LC sport coupe, a potentially impressive and economical performance car.

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Lexus intends to add performance to its reputation with the all-new LC 500h.

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The new car joins its sibling, the LC 500, which was previously shown at the Detroit auto show.

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Under the hood, the LC 500h gets a newly developed hybrid drivetrain, with fuel economy likely above 30 mpg and zero to 60 mph times of under 5 seconds.

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With a front engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, the LC 500h follows a classic sports car format.

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Bold styling helps to distinguish the LC 500h.

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Quad tailpipes are hidden by ports in the rear fascia.

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As a coupe, the LC 500h has two doors and four seats.

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The spindle grille has become a standard Lexus design feature, but LED headlights add drama.

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The LC 500h measures about 15 and a half feet long.

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Lexus went with run-flat tires to save the weight of a spare.

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An adaptive suspension should improve handling.

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Hybrid badges adorn the sides.

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The cabin tapers in at the rear, emphasizing the look of the fear fenders.

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With its performance look, the LC 500h could go a long way towards changing Lexus brand perceptions.

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This taillight design is unique to the LC 500h, but could find its way to other models.

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These sport seats look comfortable, and able to hold passengers in place during fast turns.

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The dashboard emphasizes a horizontal look, making the cabin seem wide.

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Electric power steering will change its feel depending on the car's drive mode.

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Lexus gives the LC 500h 10 shiftable gears, created by the hybrid driveline through a combination of its fixed and variable transmissions.

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