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 well with the LS L, very well. Though we the accolades, the car is not perfect. Rear is, at best—disappointing, not even enough for a weekend getaway. Got more a couple suitcases, and you better get the That however is not its niche, and the combination of luxury and performance is short of intoxicating. And when the of the hybrid drivetrain is factored in, any for self-induced guilt is swept No, it’s not the most fuel car in the world, but considering the audience the 600h plays for, and to its competition, this luxury sedan nails a beyond three pointer. Yes the sticker is palpable, but this isn’t a car for Dad, a pile of kids and the grind of a busy family—that’s the Toyota Camry Hybrid in. This is a car for a different time and in life.

So who is the competition, and how does it With the big V-8 and the potent electric the 600h makes horsepower to some pretty formidable European competition: Audi 8AL BMW 760 Li (V-12) and Mercedes-Benz S600 Their performance is exhilarating, but cars struggle to get 15 mpg compared to the 22 mpg. Yeah, people who can these vehicles probably need to worry about the of fuel, but like the rest of us, share the same air. It makes sense, whether you can it or not, to use less fuel and the air cleaner.


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