Lexus has officially introduced the Lexus RZ electric car technology virtually (20/4). The Lexus RZ is Lexus’ first battery electric car developed from the e-Toyota New Global Architecture (e-TNGA) architectural platform.
On the platform, the Lexus RZ is directly related to the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra. Interestingly, even though it is on the same platform as the bZ4X or Solterra, the Lexus RZ gets a more powerful drive.
At its launch, the Lexus RZ was revealed in the RZ 450e variant with DIRECT4 all-wheel drive. The DIRECT4 drive has two electric motors that drive the two front wheels and two rear wheels via the e-Axle.
The front-wheel electric motor of the Lexus RZ is capable of spitting out 150 kW or 204 hp, while the rear wheels can have an electric motor of 80 kW or 109 hp.
When combined, the Lexus RZ is capable of delivering a combined power of 230 kW or 313 hp to all wheels. Compared to the all-wheel drive Toyota bZ4X, the Lexus RZ has a more powerful power of almost 100 hp or 96 hp to be exact.
Like the Toyota bZ4X or Subaru Solterra, the Lexus RZ gets a Lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 71.4 kWh.
Given that the RZ gets a more powerful electric motor, Lexus claims an estimated mileage of 450 kilometers according to Japan’s Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Cycles (WLTC).
Oh yes, a little about DIRECT4, it can divide the power released by the front motor and rear motor of the Lexus RZ individually depending on the data of wheel speed, acceleration, and steering angle.
The distribution of power is not only 60-40 or 40-60, but can be 20-80, 75-25, and even 100-0 or 0-100 according to driving conditions.