The CAR Magazine review of the Lexus LC 500h coupe includes this important perspective on the hybrid’s virtual 10-speed transmission:
On initial evaluation we found the LC 500h’s driveline erratic and at times disappointingly still afflicted with the dreaded CVT elasticity we’ve grown to dislike so much, made worse by the V6’s less-than-inspiring engine note. The V8 LC 500 is streets ahead here.
It takes two to tango, and the car needs to familiarise itself with the way you drive, taking into account driver inputs such as the severity of throttle and steering movements to adjust the way the ‘gears’ are served up.
Given more time to gel, things started to improve dramatically.