Fantastic Lexus luxury is not cheap |

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Road tests

Our verdict: car’s price, and it’s carrying limitations, mean few will ever be sold in New But it is still something very

Ever since 1990 the first-generation LS400 arrived in New with accompanying yarns parent company Toyota had all major competing luxury in its effort to develop its own vehicle the best of everything, the LS has been a leader regarding the quality of the experience it offers.

This flagship is now into its fourth and such has been its international that each generation has at stage ranked as the best-selling sedan in the United States. — including New Zealand the sales might not have quite so good, but the LS has still a formidable reputation.

The car has always V8-powered too, with size slowly creeping from the original 4.0-litre to the current 4.6-litre LS460.

And 2007 there’s also an even bigger and more model. It’s the LS600hL, a all-wheel drive sedan by a petrol-electric hybrid system mates a 5.0-litre V8 petrol to an electric drive motor to a total output of 327 kilowatts of and 520 Newton metres of torque.

So it’s powerful. It’s fuel-efficient, boasting an average of 8.6 litres per 100 kilometres compared to the L/100km offered by the conventional

And the LS600hL is also very Big top-end European sedans are all of wafting those aboard in an interior environment very removed from the noise and of what’s going on outside, and Lexus is absolutely no exception.

you it should be, because this car so much luxury kit that the New Zealand website won’t its price — it simply it is $POA, as in price on application. But it is known that the recommended price is $304,500 which is up there in S-Class Benz and BMW territory.

But what a car — and a little example explaining

I’d picked up my road model late one afternoon, and had to for work early the next I’d only cruised a of hundred metres down the before I became aware the steering wheel was automatically up. Believe me, that’s something to experience on a chilly autumn

It’s all part of what is known as the Lexus Climate which is an air conditioning system automatically manages individual control front and rear, or cools the seats, and heats the wheel, all to provide supreme for everyone aboard.

Obviously, I spent most of my in the driver’s seat, but it could be that the rear seats are better.

It’s back that things get really with the seats big and comfortable and a massive amount of long-wheelbase leg and in addition they also a ‘relaxation’ system that vibrate functions to keep you while you’re either the scenery, using wireless to listen to audio, or watching on the ceiling-mounted 9-inch display

And, if it’s too bright to fully enjoy the entertainment, there are power-operated sunshades on the and rear windows. Luxurious! The seats recline, too.

New Zealand tells us that updated LS has received more 3000 changes, including world firsts and 15 firsts for It still looks very like the model it replaces, in the case of the hybrid there is new exterior lighting, including fog lamps and L-shaped daytime lights.

The car also gets new spindle grille, which I is now on every Lexus on the market in country.

The big sedan has an attractive if fairly look, perhaps with not the cachet as that offered by the big competition. But it is very well and its quality is as good if not better any other vehicle on the international market.

Laser screw and adhesive body bonding the new LS boasts more body than before, and improvements to the adaptive air suspension system with a number of noise-reducing to help make the interior quiet.

As far as the driving experience I suppose it can be said that the sheer luxuriousness that such a silent journey for aboard, also contributes to a of detachment for the person behind the

This isn’t a criticism it’s simply a fact of with cars such as They’re designed more for motoring in the most comfortable than for pounding through the bits out in the countryside.

Mind the LS600hL also does rather well.

The car is all-wheel anyway, and its steering system has revised for better steering and turn-in response, while the has been enhanced.

Not only but the car now has a Drive Mode Select on board that features switchable driving modes Comfort, Normal, Sport S and S+) to best suit however it is the wants to drive.

Eco optimises everything, including response and the operation of the air conditioning to achieve the best possible economy. Comfort changes the settings for the smoothest ride. is what the word suggests normal.


Sport S gives a aggressive throttle response. And S+ shifts everything up again, even more aggressive and transmission response, makes the even more direct, and the shock absorbers onto a setting.

Sport+ also chassis control and variable ratio steering for light and steering at the lower speeds, but up the steering action at the higher

But is this appropriate for a big long-wheelbase the main aim in life of which is to those aboard in as much as possible? And one with a hybrid to boot?

I must admit to myself that as I hit the Sport+ and let the car do its performance thing.

I suppose the is that all this is available in Lexus if you want it.

The LS600hL is a powerful car. Despite the it weighs in at close to 2.4 tonnes, V8 and the electric motor can combine to accelerate the car to 100 kmh in just 6.8 seconds, and its acceleration is fantastic. So with all figures as background, it’s to know that the big Lexus has the new-age equipment that it to be driven with enthusiasm.

But the LS600hL’s real forte is as refined luxury transport. quiet enough anyway, and a treat is its ability to run totally on electric power. When happens, the level of quiet if that’s the way to put it — is nothing of astonishing.

There’s one major with this Lexus and it’s all the fault of the fact it is a

The battery pack has to go somewhere, and located behind the rear — and that means the space has been reduced to a 370 litres.

For that reason, if I to be on the market for an LS, I’d opt for the standard which is also extraordinarily for its $199,500 price, offers interior space despite the it isn’t long-wheelbase, and which has a more accommodating 510 litres of space.

Immediately after I’d had the version for road test, I a week behind the wheel of an and used it for a lengthy weekend away.

It was wonderful to drive, and it ate up the in such a way that left me relaxed at the end of the journey — is exactly what large cars should do.

But you know? though the LS460 is probably the package, I’m still of a fan of the LS600hL. I’ve got to rate it as one of the cars I’ve ever

— Taranaki Daily


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