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Believe it, folks. The jaw-dropping Lexus LC looks set to arrive in Malaysia. Both variants, the LC 500 and the LC 500h have popped up on the brand’s local website, poised to arrive sometime in 2017. It’s still a long way off, but good to know, Lexus Malaysia.

The two-door four-seat LC 500 that caught everyone by surprise with its gorgeous styling was revealed to the world earlier this year at the New York International Auto Show. The sports coupe features a 5.0 litre naturally-aspirated V8 engine which produces 467 hp and 527 Nm of torque.

The engine is also found in the Lexus RC F and GS F. It enables the LC 500 to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. It is mated to a 10-speed torque converter automatic transmission – a first for the luxury car segment, so Lexus proudly claims.

Lexus LC 500h Geneva 2

On the other hand, you have the Lexus LC 500h – the more environmentally compassionate variant of the two which made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Unlike the LC 500’s V8, the LC 500h is equipped with the new Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System. The powertrain consists of a 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine, two electric motors, a 44.6 kW lithium-ion traction battery and a very unique transmission. It is said that the LC 500h will perform the century sprint in under five seconds.

The Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System mates a CVT transmission with a four-speed torque converter automatic. We’ve detailed the unique transmission combo for you in the past, but briefly, Lexus engineers claim that it was made to eliminate the ‘rubber band’ feel of a CVT unit and better simulate a more direct shifting feel in the LC.

Lexus Malaysia hasn’t revealed any further specifications or what its new LC variants would be priced at. You can certainly count on it not being cheap, though. Stay tuned to paultan.org for more news on the Lexus LC.

GALLERY: Lexus LC 500


GALLERY: Lexus LC 500h