When you think about it, buying a hybrid high-performance sports cars isn’t that easy. The pickings are sort of slim. You’ve got the BMW i8 as the most prominent representative of the offerings, but anything beyond $100,000 in value will mostly leave you unimpressed to a point. Certainly, vehicles like the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid start at $99,600.00 and the Tesla Model S is also a viable option, but beyond that, it all goes sideways. Even the somewhat affordable Acura NSX starts at over $150,000.00, making the question of a high-performance hybrid under $100k quite a difficult one to answer.
But, that particular market segment is easily dominated by one manufacturer and model – the Lexus LC500 hybrid. Quite frankly, I never gave that vehicle much notice. Until now.
The 2018 Lexus LC500 comes with an all-new platform, 471 horsepower, and a class-leading 10-speed automatic transmission. In turn, the Lexus LC500 posts an impressive acceleration time from 0-60mph (0-100km/h) of just 4.4 seconds. Certainly, that’s slower than, for example, a BMW M3 or a Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, but it does come with impressive fuel economy. The LC500 will yield you about 6 MPG in the city, 26 MPG on the highway and about 19 MPG combined. Not bad for a vehicle that can hold its own with 90% of the high-performance vehicles seen on the road today.
However, the looks of the car are Lexus-like. This means that current vehicles from the Japanese born manufacturer feature a futuristic and rather quirky exterior design. In some places spectacular, in some places underwhelming. Luckily, our friends from Vossen Wheels come into the picture and give the Lexus LC500 – like this matte blue beauty – quite an interesting look.
What Vossen prepared for this vehicle is interesting. The company produced a set of their forged concave CG-205T directional wheels, giving the Lexus LC500 a perfect accentuating touch. The CG-205T feature a design that combines closed geometry and elegantly defined shapes, creating a contemporary looking wheel that fits various high-performance and luxury applications.
For this build, these are machined in sizes of 22×9 and 22×11 in the front and rear, respectively. The wheels are adorned with a Miami White finish. The red Vossen logo is that perfect finishing touch, making the wheels look rather compelling and not bland in any area.
Grab a quick look at the entire media gallery of this build right below.