2008 Lexus LS 600h L Hybrid Car test drive – Lexus hybrid car test…

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The Highbrow Hybrid

The big Lexus is with first-evers and one-of-a-kinds for its And in only its second year of the Lexus LS 600h L has solidified its as an uncompromising high performance luxury class sedan an ecological soft side. In the luxury class, production is with no expenses spared, and the price tag reflects its segment. $104,000, as tested with Luxury Package II: $115,412. EPA 20 city/22 highway. Warranty: basic, 72 month/70,000-mile powertrain, 8 hybrid components.


Scott: “Wow, what a Though it’s been to happen on a few occasions, I’m not one given to instantly in love with a car solely on looks—I like to that I’m able to muster-up objective resolve when it to test drive and review Well, the LS 600hL presented me quite a challenge. Sophisticated sex is what this machine has in Its long and low slung body over a stretched out wheel … those gentle sweeping … the wild cat-like appearance of the beam headlights. I felt the protagonist in the Kenny Chesney hit ‘You had me from hello.’ But I did manage to somehow get past the stunning good looks and on her underpinnings and hybrid drivetrain. what really matters to me How would this big girl do the electric motors pushin’

Christine: “After a brief at the New York Auto Show, I was forward to inspecting this close up. With a quiet yet presence, this set of wheels polish and refinement from square inch. With a tag higher than that of our house, I was a tad gun-shy to think of her out on the road. Would the ride and live up to the poise and finesse of Verdigris Mica paint emanated smooth savoir

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Spacious and ultra comfy, the passenger compartment leaves wanting for nothing.

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Lexus’ when it introduced the LS 600h L was to a vehicle of the highest level of and technology ever achieved in the history. They did it! It’s from headlights to tailpipes state of the art safety, comfort, fuel efficiency and emissions and technology.

And dare we say coddled? the cabin. it’s instantly comfort. The seats are covered in semi-aniline leather that onto the door panels—the wheel and entire dashboard as Controls for comfort and convenience are sprinkled across the dash, and steering wheel, everything heated and cooled seats. steering wheel, 19-speaker sound audio system to Parking Assist. Yes, the can literally steer itself a parking space as the driver, both hands-off-the-wheel, gently the car into position.

Ride and take on a how’s-your-mood-today attitude a completely air adjustable suspension that offers performance, and comfort positions that change the car’s demeanor, twisting through double or cruising over a set of city trolley tracks. Scott put the mode to the test and was just impressed. This car is 202 inches and weighs in at just over pounds yet it handled with sport roadster agility. of the “kidney crunch” though, and a flip of the switch yields mode and a creamy, silk-smooth



The 600h’s cultivated looks and masterful suspension bring a tingle to the spine, but it is the hybrid system that this car a delicious mix of ferocious and gentle lamb. It is the world’s to date—only V-8, all-wheel-drive, drivetrain.

The characters in this are a 5.0-liter 389 horsepower engine by a 165 kW electric drive motor transfer their combined through an Electronic Continuously Transmission (ECVT) that final power to the terra via a limited-slip transfer case and beefy 245/45R19 tires. And for fun, Lexus ups the ante an electronic torque controller you guessed it, a performance mode. put all this hardware through its in a combination of highway acceleration and backroad slalom. Let’s say that in straight line he ran out of courage long before the drive ran out of power. A sequential mode is part of the ECVT’s fun and we had a blast speeding to curves and one-by-one ratcheting downward the 8 speeds to whoa-up and plant for Pure exhilaration!

Now we didn’t drive the 600h hard all the time (with willpower), and we found that cruising took advantage of all the light-on-the-earth capabilities. The big V-8 was there if we (or wanted) it, but to tell the truth, a mix of light engine/motor hybrid provided more than oomph for everyday commutes. Our mileage hovered constantly in the mpg range.

When it’s all done

Together in hybrid the engine and electric motor can better than 400 horsepower returning well over 20 mpg

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Lexus did with the LS 600h L, very Though we pile-on the accolades, the car is not Rear stowage is, at best—disappointing, not enough for a decent weekend Got more than a couple and you better get the Highlander. That is not its niche, and the 600’s combination of and performance is nothing short of And when the efficiency of the hybrid is factored in, any need for self-induced is swept away. No, it’s not the fuel efficient car in the world, but the audience that the 600h for, and compared to its competition, luxury hybrid sedan a beyond mid-court three Yes the sticker shock is palpable, but isn’t a car for Mom, Dad, a of kids and the daily grind of a family—that’s where the Toyota Hybrid comes in. This is a car for a time and place in life.

So who is the competition, and how does it stack-up? the big V-8 and the potent electric motors, the makes horsepower comparable to pretty formidable 12-cylinder competition: Audi 8AL (W12), BMW 760 Li and Mercedes-Benz S600 (V-12). performance is exhilarating, but these struggle to get 15 mpg compared to the 600h’s 22 Yeah, people who can afford vehicles probably don’t to worry about the price of but like the rest of us, they the same air. It only sense, whether you can afford it or to use less fuel and keep the air


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