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Lexus GS450h F SPORT: The hybrid Toyota won’t you

Toyota ‘s best-selling car is the Prius; it’s best car period could well be the GS450h F SPORT. While hybrids have capitalized on the fuel-sipping potential of models the Prius, over in the Lexus the addition of electric has been more driver-friendly enhancement in emphasizing the marque’s legendary drive with the lashings of torque the technology can deliver. represents that green better than the GS450h F and so unsurprisingly we jumped at the opportunity to out a car that had been specially over to show us what the US is

The GS has evolved into a handsome car its somewhat anonymous starting as an almost-LS, and it looks better in F Sport form. Lexus’ new grill still keeps its chrome, but the gaping lower is clear of glitz and the grey-finish work around the lower and rear diffuser keeps on the discrete side of aggressive. Of the special F SPORT 19-inch wheels with their 10-spoke design mean the car is to be mistaken for its regular Luxury and there’s F Sport badging on the wings, though not the trunk

Inside, meanwhile, the GS450h F cabin wisely bypasses tendency toward pale option instead for — in the of our test car — red leather seats, aluminum inserts in the and door trim, and perforated leather on the wheel and shifter The F SPORT logo makes appearance on the scuff-plates front and and there are pleasingly snicky paddles behind the wheel for you don’t want to let the CVT gearbox do its automatically.


As you might expect, the standard level isn’t at all bad, we’d be unable to resist the 12-speaker DVD audio system 8-inch display and navigation comes by default, in favor of the 17-speaker Mark Levinson Sound system with its of amplification and huge, bright, and 12.3-inch widescreen display. has made big improvements in its infotainment though we’re still not convinced by the company’s angle on the The controller, down to the side of the shifter, feels like it be a regular joystick but, than springing back to a default position, actually left and right as you step the menu layers.

Still, F drivers are probably more with a different type of — the car’s hybrid system — and here we no complaints. Lexus pairs a V6 with Dual VVT-i a 200kW electric motor muster 352 Nm and 275 Nm of torque respectively, a potential top speed electrically to 155 mph and a 0-62 mph time of 5.9s.

Up until around 25 mph, the F SPORT can rely solely on power, complete with the surge of immediate torque such motors are notorious After that, the gas engine in with rumble, recharging the when it has some power to or simply throwing the car in the direction of the corner.

Lexus GS450h F test-drive:

Those corners be an issue, either. The regular added rear-wheel steering to the car, and the F SPORT hooks that system with gear ration steering and intelligent response from the power steering. Sport+ makes the gas pedal response crisp, the power steering direct, and tightens up the rear-wheel and the car’s dampers.

Lexus GS 450h

The result is faster turn-in and the feel of a much smaller, aggressive car. In fact, easy to mistake the GS450h F for a compact sedan, and while the is still on the lighter side, all the feels controllable. It’s more engaging using the to manually flip through the virtual gears, we found.

Of since this is a Lexus, the expected nod to comfort. The steering eagerly motors out to meet you you sit down and start the engine, and the seats are electrically adjustable in directions (16 ways for the driver, 10 for the including lumbar support. The seats may be fixed — of the airline-style ottoman seating of the for instance — but passengers there still get an electric sun blind, and the car is more than for four adults.

In fact, twirl the driving dial over to EV, Eco, or and the GS450h carefully sets its F abilities to one side and becomes a cruiser, easily capable of the of magnetically-smooth highway surfing the cars are legendary for. Lexus claims, you could see a mpg of around 38 miles per gallon; are no official US figures, as the car has not been for EPA testing.

That’s because in its (questionable) wisdom, has opted not to the GS450h F SPORT in the US market. hybrid sedan fans be able to buy the regular GS450h, but not its fiery variant. That, the told us was down to Toyota of deciding the F SPORT premium was US drivers simply wouldn’t though Toyota Japan to supply both the GS450h F and the smaller IS300h, which won’t get a US release.

What exactly might premium be? In the UK, where the F SPORT is already on sale, it commands 14-percent more than the model, which based on US could put it at around the $70,000 were Lexus ever to it. That’s undoubtedly expensive, but we help feel short-changed

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

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