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The Lexus brand's first supercar — the LF-A — will be offered with a hybrid powertrain, according to Lexus U.K. director Steve Settle. "This car will not be an adaptation of anything that already exists – it will be something entirely different," he said.

"It promises to set a fresh standard in the hybrid technology to which Lexus is totally committed and we are very excited about it," Settle told MotorTrader.

Rumors of a hybrid LF-A first surfaced in late August 2006, when Autocar reported a version of the car would be offered with the same hybrid system as the Lexus 600h sedan. The 5.0-liter V8 coupled with an electric motor will produce a total output of 435 horsepower, the magazine said. The regular LF-A is expected to be offered with a high-revving V10 producing over 500 horsepower.

Lexus revealed an updated LF-A concept in January, design to closely preview the production car, expected to arrive in late 2008 as a 2009 model.
http://www.leftlanenews.com/lexus-exec-confirms-plans-for-hybrid-lf-a.html
 

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They (UK) must have forgotten about the Toyota FT-HS which was unveiled in Detroit this year along with the LF-A v.2 and IS-F.
 

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They (UK) must have forgotten about the Toyota FT-HS which was unveiled in Detroit this year along with the LF-A v.2 and IS-F.
Yep - this news article is kind of confusing... Not sure if they are talking about the LF-A or IS-F being available as a hybrid. It would be VERY cool if the LF-A included hybrid technology.

All of the hybrid versions of their other product lines have better performance (0-60) than the "Standard version" - not just gas milage: i.e. Hybrid GS (5.2 sec) vs regular GS (5.7sec), the 400h(6.9 sec) (my wife has one of these) vs 330 (7.4 sec), etc. All 0-60 times are all better with the hybrid versions - the extra power makes up for the extra weight.

I've heard complaints that people want a sports car to "sound" like one - Franlkly anyone who's sat in a ferrari or lambergini before knows they are just plain loud - if I can get the same performance and keep my hearing intact at the same time, that's a big plus :)
 

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I agree, I could live without all the noise and still have something that will get up and go. With the good gas milage, its a good way to get out of paying the gas guzzler tax :)
 
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