Review: Lexus LS 600h L — MSN Autos

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The luxury segment gets the first full hybrid a V8.

Do you recall the TV ads with champagne stacked in a pyramid on the hood of a car the engine running?

The glasses quivered, but they sent a wave through the automotive market. The year was 1989 and the car was the model Lexus LS 400, the entrant from Toyota’s new division.

A departure from the notion of luxury sedans, the LS was created for the American market and has buyers from the very with its remarkable quality, to detail and levels of comfort, and performance.

And, of course, dealerships have become for giving customers the kind of they probably receive in all the areas of life.

It is often that lightning doesn’t twice in the same place. not content to rest on its market Lexus once again tremors throughout the luxury car last year with the of the 2007 LS 460.

This LS edition not only blends new of sophistication, luxury refinements, and contemporary styling, a long-wheelbase breaches a stronghold held by its competitors. This model the LS into the premium luxury defined by Lexus as vehicles at or above the $70,000 mark.

And if not enough, this June, shakes things up even with the arrival of the LS 600h L. long wheelbase version of the LS the only version offered in the is the third production model to use Hybrid Drive, following the launch of the RX 400h and GS 450h.

Rarified Atmosphere

The luxury elevates Lexus into the atmosphere of prestige motor costing more than a With a MSRP starting at a fully optioned LS 600h L sticker close to $125,000 retail.

As with the Lexus RX and GS models, the 600h’s 600 suffix not to the cubic capacity of the engine but to a power output. In this it’s comparable to that of a V12 normally aspirated engine.

Lexus is targeting the Mercedes-Benz Audi’s A8 L W12 and BMW’s 760Li wheelbase sedans, all graced elite 12-cylinder engines.

The new sedan compares quite to the Audi and BMW rivals. The new 389-horsepower direct injection V8, when with the hybrid system’s motor, produces a combined of 438 horses. The Mercedes S600 in an entirely different motoring with twin turbochargers out 510 horsepower from its V12.

In tradition, the LS hybrid is politically and technically ingenious while unexpected performance: It is expected to a Super Ultra Low Emission (SULEV) rating, have the EPA fuel efficiency of 20 mpg city and 22 mpg and yet, can scoot from to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds.

World’s Full Hybrid V8 Powertrain

introduced a first-drive of the LS 600h L for the at the Toyota Arizona Proving an hour’s drive northwest of The nearly 12,000 acre contains a ten-mile oval and numerous areas for performance and evaluation tests.

The LS 600h L is the world’s first of any type to be powered by a full V8 powertrain. Full hybrid the car can be powered by the gas engine only, the motor only, or both at the time.

Unlike its gasoline-only the LS 460 and LS 460 L, both of which are rear-wheel-driven, the new limousine is an all-wheel-drive configuration. normal driving conditions, is split 40 percent front/60 rear. If the road becomes it is capable of a near 50/50

An all-new dual-stage continuously transmission (CVT) with a shift mode allows selection of eight different of acceleration response. It also the selectable modes of the company’s models: power and snow in to a hybrid mode.

It is fair to say there is nothing on the road, or on the board, which comes to delivering such a formerly combination of jaw-dropping engine fuel efficiency and clean said Bob Carter, Lexus group vice president and manager.


When it into showrooms, the LS 600h L be one of the most technologically dense you can buy. There’s a power 3.0 VGA 9-inch entertainment screen. body heat is measured infrared sensors to adjust the temperature while ceiling diffusers gently distributes air

The amply sized LS 600h it has the right options—parks itself. up to a space, select reverse and the car automatically into the gap, sensors and a rear-view camera. All the needs to do is modulate the brakes.

And if all that isn’t enough for luxury needs, this pleasure cruiser also a stunning 19-speaker Mark audio system, voice-activated disk drive (HDD) navigation with Bluetooth and XM real-time traffic system.

Lexus continues to improve VDIM stability system. an engineering masterpiece that and manages stability control, controlled anti-lock brakes, brake force distribution and torque via an electronically controlled The system anticipates the onset of a skid or slide while and helps correct the situation is transparent to the driver.

The pre-collision already featured in other models, has been developed to even better performance. a millimeter-wave radar and two cameras, system can detect not just metallic objects like but for the first time, human world first. This safety technology will not be when the LS 600h L initially on sale, but will be following in the model year.

Another first for the 600h L is the Driver System. It uses a camera on the steering column to monitor the of the driver’s head. If it determines the is looking away from the ahead at the same time as a threat is detected, the system sound a warning chime and apply the brakes.

To assist the in maneuvering around the obstacle, the reprograms the steering ratio, the intensity and quickness of the steering

While all of this is going on, restraints are automatically cinched up, snugly I discovered, and the brake is prepared for full force

If potential buyers had the opportunity to these safety marvels as we did at the grounds, most would on the dotted line immediately.


The previous generation LS sedans often chided for a lack of styling. Those remarks can be long wheelbase 600h is a work of elegance and sophistication. It may be but it is sleek with complex, yet flowing lines.

Torque in a Rush

Lurking under the chiseled hood, the all-new, V8 and hybrid wizardry is totally by an engine bay cover. Press on the go pedal, however, and the presence of the electric motor-gasoline engine is known. Torque arrives in a but the application to all four wheels almost graceful.

Drive a too hard into a corner and is a nicely controlled understeer. If you are an driver, the traction management now has an off position, allowing the tail to out.

No traces of mechanical could be detected through the steering wheel or the pedals. move from gear to so unobtrusively that the tach sometimes provided the only anything happened.

The car is superbly together and is as quiet as a pharaoh’s whether driving 35 mph on city 70 mph on Interstates or 130 mph on the proving ground track. Only the harshest of crossings can disturb the Zen-like

But really, most owners drive, or have someone the 600h L in a sensible manner and be rewarded with what I is the most serene motoring on the planet.

Since the day-long stint at the ground was exclusive to safety pad tests and performance evaluations on the track, I scheduled some the following morning to try out the hybrid during real-time traffic

I drove some 60 miles on stop-and-go city streets and in Phoenix. No matter how gently I the accelerator pedal, the car would operate for a few brief seconds and at no than 5 mph with the electric-only

I even pulled into two parking lots and pushed the EV a function that Lexus reverts the power to full mode for short distance, driving situations such as garages. Same results.

In to Lexus, the car was a pre-production vehicle and the to operate under electric only was surely an anomaly wouldn’t occur on production

Chairman of the Board Equipped

As its Lexus left no need or wish ungranted to driver and of the new hybrid sedan. There to be acres of leather and wood, is sequentially matched, by the way. can be heated or cooled, moved up or and back and forth, adjusted for support and reclined.

For the ultimate in and coddling, the 600h L offers a seating option best as the Ultimate Barcalounger. With a control, one can stretch back, an ottoman to desired height and enjoy a massage that can the day’s tension of any chairman of the

Attention to detail on the new hybrid is A skilled technician checks engine to ensure it meets standards for aural quality. the paint process, each car is sanded—twice. Genuine leather on the wheel is buffed for three to create a supple touch.

In and designing the 600h L, Lexus set out to a car that delivers the highest of performance and technology, and the truest of luxury and efficiency of vehicle had ever created. Combining qualities usually results in for example, more power higher fuel consumption.

But to the innovative engineering and advanced power technology deployed by the LS 600h L defines a new standard for the segment. And, more luster was added to the company’s polished image.



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