Lexus has confirmed that its future high-performance models will get electrified hybrid powertrains. In an interview with Cars Guide, Lexus International executive vice-president Chika Kako confirmed that the brand will use its hybrid technology to squeeze out more power.
“I think everybody’s preconception of the hybrid with Lexus has always been about fuel efficiency, but as we move forward we would like to add more value to that and have more focus and emphasis on the sportiness and dynamics that the hybrid technology can offer,” she said..
“We want to have the performance and sporty advantages that the hybrid technology can offer. Of course, we cannot talk about what’s next. But that’s something we want.
“Having the hybrid motor and how you tune it can really change the level of dynamics in the car itself. We’re really studying right now what is the optimum way to do that.”
This isn’t the first time that we’re hearing about a hybrid powertrain for its high-performance F models, since Lexus president Yoshihiro Sawa hinted earlier this year about a hybrid GT model.