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Lexus, BMW showcase hybrid supercars at PH auto show

Toyota's luxury division, Lexus, showcased a hybrid supercar too: the LC500h. With a 354-horsepower rating, it's roughly as powerful as the i8. It uses advanced materials that help lessen the weight. LC500h trumpets the "Multi Stage Hybrid System" that uses two electric motors and an extra automatic transmission.

These innovations are said to improve the driving feel of electric car. Beyond that, this setup allows for electric-only driving up to 140 km/h – a step-up from the 100 km/h older Lexus hybrids, such as the LS600h and GS450h, according to Car And Driver magazine. 

The car is expected to come out a year from now. We'll see then if the LC500h can garner some recognition too. What's exciting is that even if these cars may oftentimes feel like cars for the rich and famous, their respective attempts to blaze a trail are admirable. As in any tech category, the high-end innovations eventually find their way to the mass market. 

If today's belief that electric motors cause much less emission than petrol engines holds up, the hope is one day we'll be relying on electric engines completely. – Rappler.com

Gelo Gonzales

Gelo Gonzales is Rappler’s technology editor. He covers consumer electronics, social media, emerging tech, and video games.

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