BULLET TRAIN TO THE BAY — 2014 Lexus LS 600h L | LA Car

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BULLET TRAIN TO THE BAY

2014 LS 600h L

“This car is like exclaims the Tall Girl to the “Train de Grand Vittesse,” a bullet train. With her upbringing, she is a vocal proponent of travel and is looking forward to a train line between Los and San Francisco which, as of today, is a of years and sixty-eight billion away.

Meanwhile, we are a good into our Bay area trip in the Lexus LS 600h L, a hybrid-powered of the Lexus luxury line. The LS 600 is in the Eco mode selected by rotating the behind the shifter. The suspension any imperfections on the I-5 as we glide toward

The dashboard covered in black leather with brushed trim is juxtaposed with wood and suede-like beige interior. Instead of the RPMs the indicates the hybrid power from power (when to charging battery (while

Beethoven’s piano concerto is the space through the Mark Reference Surround Sound System7 at barely audible The insulation of the cabin is so perfect it practically begs for something to complement the silent environment Satellite radio is controlled by two round knobs. An analog-faced in the center exudes class. I am however, to ventilate the LS600h L turning on the air conditioning. Once the is off, fresh air comes in if the car is moving.

Our navigator is Ms. N, a pleasant female She and I had some initial disagreement on how to the freeway, but all is well now and we are pointed in the direction. Once in the Bay area, we to be veering off the usual roads the endless lines of cars are in the other direction in the heavy traffic. “I don’t care she is taking us,” observes the Girl, “but the traffic is And yet, in calculating our estimated time, Ms. N. took into that we would eventually get in traffic, a fact she announced in advance.

Our hosts’ address in a area presents a challenge for the post office. Ms. N. took the roads in stride bringing us to the street, albeit half a down the road. Blame it on the GPS reception.

At the wheel the next on a 50-degree misty morning, I the leather portion getting Without any adjustments. How does Ms. N, or her associate inside the LS600h L, that my hands are cold? Who it to turn on the windshield wipers and the overnight rain? The right of the center console contains a for the driver’s hand, with a square computer mouse, and two labeled “Map” and “Menu.” A opens seven sub-categories the driver to connect all kinds of gadgets and personalize the LS 600h L. a busy week on the road too little time to fully this system. I have to with the steering wheel which adjust radio, telephone and voice controls, and a display. Little pictures the flow of power seem but the information on the cruising range, fuel consumption, speed, time, and tire pressure is

On our trip through San Francisco the occasional green EV light on the is telling us that the LS600h is on electrical power alone. The however, is too seamless to notice.

the front seats on the LS600h L are the real action happens in the With a single push on the control the front passenger glides forward and out of the way. The rear seat occupant presses a self-explanatory “ottoman” causing the seat to recline and the leg to rise. The passenger can then the shades, pull out a small or, if not inclined to work, watch on the DVD screen that comes out the disc is in the player hidden in the console. At the same time, our can get massaged (vibrating or point by playing with the buttons on the control module, also in the seat center console. The L is clearly geared toward executives who prefer to cover by road rather than Tellingly, the instructions in the rear are in Japanese, German and Russian.

During our trip to town the right seat is reserved for our who is expecting twins in a two months. the massage soothing her aching I detect audible sighs of

At the freeway entrance, I accelerate to get the flow of traffic, and the 438 horses to life. Even in the Eco Comfort the LS 600h L is an explosively fast with sufficient power to get out of any on the road. A driver can turn the to Sport+ which stiffens the changes engine parameters and up the tachometer. Despite its size and the LS600h L can be driven aggressively on the SP Sport Max 245/45 R 19 tires, that tossing this of luxury around the corners so. unbecoming.

The LS 600h L is a large car, to look smaller by interplay relatively high beltline and surfaces. The spindle-like grill is a nod to early history as a manufacturer of looms. Three powerful are encased in a bezel, the bottom of is delineated by LED elements forming the L. The steeply raked rear and the trunk reminds one of a BMW. big rear lights, two chromed are effectively incorporated into the bumper.

A good portion of the is taken by the hybrid battery To satisfy a business traveler, ,the trunk can accommodate 22-inch suitcases side-by-side. An trip through the trunk reveals a full spare a pack of 2 AA batteries for the remote a screwdriver, couple of wrenches and a of pliers. A daring operator who the hood, holding these in hand, will encounter the engine area covered in leaving only the openings for the engine and brake oil, and and wipe liquid. The message is – leave the engine repairs to the

When underway, the best way to the LS600h L is to set every function on and let the invisible assistants respond to the conditions on the road. Intelligent rotate with the direction of the wheel, as the navigation system the big sedan comfortably through the On the return trip to Los Angeles, our to take the coastal route Ms. N. who is repeatedly trying to send us to I-5. Choosing Santa as an interim destination settles the In the Eco setting the LS600h L will Los Angeles from the Bay area on than a tank of gas, about a hundred miles of range reserve, at a cost of $65. On a open road our consumption hovered around 27 per gallon.

Here is a suggestion for the California Speed Rail Authority: the train is operational, the Authority purchase ten thousand LS600h L Half of them should be in Los and the other half in the Bay Area. vehicle could make two trips between these two which corresponds to transporting thousand passengers per day. In to this expenditure—only $1.2 Authority could spend a few billions that is, and construct a dedicated carpool lane the existing I-5 corridor allowing say 100 mph speeds for the LS600h Ls. This shorten the trip significantly. four passengers in the LS600 the would cost less twenty bucks one way, the rest of the price to replenish the With the savings of tens of of dollars.

Admittedly, the trip would longer than the projected two and a hours. But I assure you, and gentlemen of the Authority, none of passengers will ever

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SPECIFICATIONS

of vehicle:

Lexus LS 600h

2013 Lexus L

Price:

$119,910.00 (base)

650 V (DC), 221 horsepower (165

Transmission type:

E-CVT transmission with sequential and variable gear ratio

Drive configuration:

All wheel with Torsen limited center differential

Steering:

Gear-Ratio Steering (VGRS), turns lock-to-lock

Suspension

Independent upper and lower double joint suspension air springs with integrated shock absorbers and stabilizer bar

Lexus LS 600h
Lexus LS 600h
Lexus LS 600h

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