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Gearheads, take Formula 1 racing is now permitting hybrid technology in F1 competitions. for a moment a 20,000-rpm, 750-horsepower braking into a chicane and onto a straightaway on battery

Automobile shoppers can get a taste of the F1 future today—by driving the new GS 450h sedan.

While it ll compare with Formula 1 for speed, this gas-electric provides race-car-like acceleration and appointments in the same package.

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Slip behind the of this $55,000 machine, and will be the first—and last—thoughts come to mind. First you ll with geeky chic, the car has not a tachometer but a kW gauge for—that s A display near the 160 mph speedometer a battery in various stages of

The center console s screen toggle to hybrid mode and your energy consumption.

And you will. Ever so gently the accelerator and the GS will stalk to 15 mph on full electric mode. But the go pedal, and five Mississippi s you re passing 60 mph—a fraction of car s top speed—and looking for gobs of pavement ahead for decidedly antics.

See, the GS 450h is perhaps the expression of power harnessed for the no side of the hybrid ledger. mated a high-output, electric rated at 197 horsepower with a 24-valve, 3.5-liter gasoline to yield the Hermes of hybrids, a brute (don t ask; wizardry at work here) motivates this 4,100-pound sedan.

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are too many superlatives to mention. is the fastest mass-produced hybrid car on the It s the first purely rear-wheel-drive sedan.

And yet it has superlatives that hybrids. This car s engine and variable transmission (with for sport, snow, and normal), with Lexus s typically cockpit of leather and (Mark) offers enough performance and to make any upwardly mobile consider joining the hybrid The raw numbers—0-to-60 in 5.2 seconds, 60-to-zero in 123 feet, top speed of 131 mph, for five, 37.5 decibels at up to luxury vehicle to be reckoned as do expected luxury features as satellite radio, voice-activated system, Bluetooth technology, camera, leather the list on.

The question, then, is will owners let this beast the club? Its EPA highway rating is 24 however, several auto reported trip mileage in line with 22 mpg— on ghastly in the hybrid fraternity, but gaudy to buyers who expect level of performance to consume a of premium for every 12 to 15 miles of Few, if any, high-horsepower sedans in the world can boast the of speed and quasi-economy as the GS 450h.

still boast, as this does, of being rated a Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle in California, which certifies a car s are 90 percent cleaner than the new car in California.

The Lexus GS 450h may be as self-indulgent by the Prius crowd, but drivers can turn those by flaunting its SULEV status and highway rating to their brethren.


The Lexus injects passion and drama its styling language. The GS sedan’s new look has settled into a stretched shape with a hood, a set-back greenhouse, and rear deck. With that are clean and fluid, car simultaneously expresses simplicity and

But the virtues of this design are as well as aesthetic. The GS’s shape combines with focused on reducing aerodynamic beneath the car, to reduce This results in a quieter and greater fuel efficiency.

The advanced GS features high-intensity-discharge with an available system automatically compensates headlight aim for passenger loads. The power-adjustable have de-fogging heat and fast-acting LEDs are used in the brake lights. The GS also rain-sensing wipers and available wheels.

For 2008, the GS 450h minor updates which a new front fascia, revised and integrated turn signals in the mirrors.


The interior of the GS 450h is opulent and plush—from the scuff plates, to the buttery leather, to a barrage of techno-savvy This is a world-class luxury

Designed around the cockpit, the GS the driver every possible comfort. That starts a highly-bolstered 10-way power driver’s seat with complimented by a wood-trimmed, thick-rimmed, tilt/telescoping steering wheel. The laden in handsome wood houses a sophisticated instrument

Buttons and controls are very and offer soft-touch electronic

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The face of the center console is a electronic screen with controls, which operates the system, climate control, and navigation system with camera. Unlike the frustrating feature from BMW, system makes navigating the submenus simplistic and straight-forward. voice recognition makes the a hands-free experience.

Passenger safety for the GS is unparalleled. are a total of 10 airbags, including airbags, front and rear side airbags, driver and passenger knee airbags, and head curtain airbags. s optional Pre-Collision System the seatbelt pretensioners, as well as other safety measures an imminent collision is detected.

The Institute for Highway Safety has a top Good rating for both and side-impact safety.

The rear offers room for three, but is a bit for the person in the middle position due to the center cushion. It does, provide plenty of leg- and room for two passengers.

The only shortcoming for the GS’ interior design is space. The hybrid battery reduced the space to 7.5 cubic which is much smaller other sedans of similar


To state the obvious, the GS is expensive. Base MSRP is and can easily and quickly climb there when piling on the But for that price, not only are getting the Lexus prestige they are also getting build quality.

Government fuel economy for this hybrid is 22 city/25 That’s not bad, but compare figures to the gas-powered GS’ 19 city/27 In overall combined fuel the two vehicles are actually very

But the standard GS has a starting base of $44,915, almost $10,000 than the GS 450h.

Considering kind of premium and virtually no fuel economy advantage, would the GS 450h make When you crave performance, and a hybrid badge all in one package—and is no object.


After the GS 450h, we were impressed. is a hybrid with oomph as as the great engineering on which has built its name. Given the behind the vehicle, does the deliver on its promise? Yes on performance, yes on yes on high-end comfort and yes on all those bonuses you expect of a hybrid.

I can t help wishing that the hybrid powertrain in this car had tuned more toward the end of the spectrum since, let s face it, acceleration isn t going to make the a better place to live in. But is in the business of selling the 2007 GS to its target market, and that of buyers will be giddy excitement over this car and the superior driving experience it


The battery pack like an electronic supercharger to the gas engine a huge boost needed You sacrifice room to the pack, which takes up half of the trunk space. The behind and below the rear and rear-window parcel shelf is the batteries reside Though the machine in the Lexus fleet, the GS stand-out styling to call to its fleetness. Like all Lexus it settles on conservative design borders on bland.


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