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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, the driving mode dial to EV, Eco, or Normal, and the GS450h sets its F SPORT abilities to one and becomes a comfortable cruiser, capable of the sort of magnetically-smooth surfing the company’s cars are for. Then, Lexus you could see a combined mpg of around 38 per gallon; there are no official US as the car has not been submitted for EPA testing.

That’s because Toyota, in its wisdom, has opted not to launch the F SPORT in the US market. Lexus sedan fans will be to buy the regular GS450h, but not its more variant. That, the company us was down to Toyota of America the F SPORT premium was something US simply wouldn’t pay, Toyota Japan offered to both the GS450h F SPORT and the IS300h, which also get a US release.

What exactly that premium be? In the UK, where the F model is already on sale, it roughly 14-percent more the regular model, which on US pricing could put it at around the mark were Lexus to offer it. That’s undoubtedly but we can’t help feel nonetheless.

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

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