Lexus GS 450h saloon first drive Review | Autocar

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Lexus GS 450h

Lexus GS 450h

What is it?

looking at the future of the performance No kidding. Here’s a V6-powered saloon that’s quicker to than a Tiptronic Porsche quicker than any V8 rival, the BMW 545i. Yet it’s more 30 per cent more economical, and out 80 per cent less CO2. roll please: it’s the new Lexus GS450h. The ‘h’ is what’s key

It signifies the hybrid technology into the engine bay. Toyota’s eco-weenie Prius, uses electro-hybrid power to economy, Toyota’s Lexus uses it for the unrelenting pursuit of The technology is mind-blowing, and would up the rest of this week’s to fully explain, but it’s similar to that used in the off-roader, though here a 3.5-litre 292bhp V6 similar to the one in the IS350.

This is coupled to not one, but two motors. MG1 – short for Motor 1 – functions as a generator and starter. MG2 is the part, delivering an additional and 203lb ft. It’s enough to the GS around town on electric alone. And as with all hybrids, a stash of nickel metal-hydride – 40 in the case of the GS – packed tightly the rear seat and the boot boot space by 40 per cent).

But there’s more. Lots Because no one has so far developed a continuously transmission that works rear-wheel drive, Toyota the world’s first longitudinal, CVT. Then, to provide greater flexibility, Toyota came up with a second gearset that serves as a torque multiplier. The 3.9:1 low helps rocket the car off the line, the 1.9:1 high ratio in to boost fuel economy and cruising refinement.

It’s no Lexus brazenly labels its new GS ‘the most technologically production vehicle in the world’. eat your heart out.

What’s it like?

What it go like? Smelly stuff off a Floor the throttle from and it lunges to 60mph in a mere 5.2 compared to 5.7sec for the V8-powered But even more impressive is its to flash past slower Mid-range acceleration is simply – 30 to 50mph, for example, takes a 2.7 seconds.

Lexus GS 450h

The key here is that none of the lag time you get waiting for a automatic to downshift. With the the response is immediate. Of course, either love or loathe the CVT its constant screaming revs – it a bit like opening the throttle on an motor. And V8 lovers will the deep, rumbly note of cylinders

But they certainly won’t a V8 when it comes time to up. Lexus reckons the 450h be good for almost 36mpg, is the kind of economy most four-cylinder saloons average. For the owner driving 15,000 a year, it should mean a of around 220 gallons of unleaded comparable luxury cars. super-clean too, producing CO2 of just 186g/km.

Should I buy

Sadly, Lexus is making it to impress the neighbours with its wondercar. Apart from a ‘hybrid’ badge mounted on the beneath the rear doors, and a 450h badge on the bootlid, the car near-identical to the V8-powered GS430. is a pity, because you’ll paid heavily for its stellar Toyota GB is still working out – the 450h goes on sale in spring – but expect a price tag of £48,000, which is only more than a V8-engined but hardly cheap

Of course, if all this isn’t wait for the Lexus’s upcoming flagship, the hybrid version of the LS – the LS600h. It’s due in a year’s and promises 0-60mph sprinting in five seconds. As we said, the starts here.


Lexus GS 450h
Lexus GS 450h
Lexus GS 450h
Lexus GS 450h
Lexus GS 450h
Lexus GS 450h

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