Lexus LS 600h L Part 3: Performance Review- OnCars

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Lexus LS 600h L Part 3: Review

With 438 hp on tap, hybrid is right at home in the lane

Toyota is generally to be the leader in hybrid technology, mostly to its first hybrid the Prius. But while efficiency is the focus of the iconic Prius, is not the case with the latest from the Japanese company’s division, the Lexus LS 600h L. flagship Lexus sedan prioritize fuel economy all else, instead it aims to the performance of a V12 with the fuel of a V8, or even a V6.

To this end, the LS L — little h for hybrid, big L for wheelbase — offers up a 389 hp V8 augmented by not one, but two electric One of those motors is used to the engine and recharge the battery while the other provides torque and regenerative charging. And the electric motors’ 221 hp added to the gas 389 theoretically results in 610 hp, the actual of the Lexus Hybrid Drive is electronically limited to 438 hp.

But more important than the number is the instantaneously available Electric motors, of course, maximum torque at zero Coupled with the healthy V8, the big LS so much accelerate as build forward momentum. In fact, if you to play a jet-turbine soundtrack the audio system, it would perfectly believable. Such is the of power that you feel as if in a jet streaking down the runway at

The actual numbers? Zero to 60 5.5 seconds and the quarter-mile goes by in seconds. But it’s the passing that really feels Going from 50 to 70, for example, to take no more than the of an eye. Here, the electronically Constantly Variable Transmission, or CVT for comes into play as you the throttle and watch the revs and hold at around 6000 rpm the car just moves.

The CVT has eight steps, or shift designed to simulate gear But most of the time the engine is at the end of the tach and shares propulsion with the electric motor, so you really feel these shifts.

The LS 600h L exudes super relaxed and composed at all times. It can cruise slowly on power only — the engine off until you request from the engine room. the engine dormant, the car is almost quiet. But even as the engine in — which is barely — the car remains nearly It is one of the most luxurious aspects of the experience to be honest: near silence.

On the handling side, the LS L features a good dose of as well, including active bars and speed sensitive There is also adaptive air suspension with three comfort, normal and sport. I sport most of the time and I it was the best setting all around as the car comfortable while offering the body control.

Still, the big Lexus isn’t a sedan, nor does it pretend to be. it isn’t really on the menu, a semi-brisk pace will you with its lack of drama especially for a car weighing 5200 Some of the credit for its composure to its AWD system, which is rear-biased 60 percent drive to the rear although it can send a maximum of 70 front or rear. But again, Lexus is a luxury flagship LS, not a IS-F, and as such it isn’t swerving around little cones.

Bringing things to a are electrohydraulic regenerative brakes — like the rest of the technology on the LS 600h L — are by the Vehicle Dynamics Management They’re very effective at the car, but occasionally they’ll a strange noise or two that you there is more at work the push of that pedal you may be used to.

As the first Lexus with a sticker, the LS 600h L offers all of the that its creators can muster up. Its Hybrid Drive system may put above economy, but it still enough of both to satisfy the and the environmentally conscious. As a worthy to the big-engined Mercedes-Benz S-class, BMW 7 and Audi A8L, the Lexus LS L is a technological tour de force for the tech geeks of the world.

LS 600h L


— Seamless surge feels an executive jet at take-off — acceleration most impressive

— Handling: Given its pretty darn good doesn’t like to transition side to side however

Braking: Strange noises regenerative system at times still, very effective

— Exterior: Lexus language finally evident in LS — still a bit anonymous

Interior: No breakthroughs in design, but tech spec and fit and finish

— Comfort: Your arm chair cruising down the — not a bad seat in the house

Space: MASSIVE rear only slightly less in the front — trunk space to battery pack

— Dynamics: Better you might expect, but it won’t be for a sports sedan (or a BMW 7-series)

Technology: Quite possibly the technology flagship


Price: Without any real looks to be well priced its nearest rivals — residuals always strong

— Mileage: No Prius, about 10% better than large, executive sedans


— Heart factor: Not really, unless a tech-geek

— Fun to spank: on now.


Layout: engine / All-wheel drive


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