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The Highbrow Hybrid

The big Lexus is with first-evers and one-of-a-kinds for its And in only its second year of the Lexus LS 600h L has solidified its as an uncompromising high performance luxury class sedan an ecological soft side. In the luxury class, production is with no expenses spared, and the s price tag reflects its segment. $104,000, as tested with Luxury Package II: $115,412.

EPA 20 city/22 highway. Warranty: basic, 72 month/70,000-mile powertrain, 8 hybrid components.


Scott: Wow, what a Though it s been known to on a few occasions, I m not one given to falling in love with a car based on looks I like to think I m able to muster-up substantial resolve when it comes to drive and review time. the LS 600hL presented me with a challenge. Sophisticated sex appeal is this machine has in spades.

Its long and low slung body over a stretched out wheel those gentle sweeping the wild cat-like appearance of the beam headlights. I felt the protagonist in the Kenny Chesney hit You had me from hello. But I did eventually to somehow get past the 600h s good looks and concentrate on her and hybrid drivetrain. That s really matters to me anyway. How this big girl do with the motors pushin her?

After a brief look-see at the New Auto Show, I was looking to inspecting this baby up. With a quiet yet intense this set of wheels exuded and refinement from every inch. With a price tag than that of our first I was a tad gun-shy to think of taking her out on the Would the ride and handling up to the poise and finesse of that Mica paint that smooth savoir faire?


Look feel

Spacious and comfy, the 600h’s passenger leaves occupants wanting for

Adrian Gable

Lexus when it introduced the LS 600h L was to a vehicle of the highest level of and technology ever achieved in the s history. They did it! It s loaded headlights to tailpipes with of the art safety, comfort, convenience, efficiency and emissions accoutrements and

And dare we say coddled? Inside the it s instantly pampered comfort. The are covered in genuine semi-aniline that extends onto the panels the steering wheel and dashboard as well. Controls for and convenience are liberally sprinkled the dash, console and steering everything from heated and seats. heated steering 19-speaker surround sound system to Intuitive Parking

Yes, the 600h can literally itself into a parking as the driver, with both gently brakes the car into

Ride and handling take on a how attitude with a completely air suspension system that performance, regular, and comfort that instantly change the demeanor, whether twisting double esses or cruising a set of city street trolley Scott put the performance mode to the and was just flat-out impressed. car is 202 inches long and weighs in at over 5000 pounds yet it with dead-on sport agility.

Tire of the kidney crunch and just a flip of the switch luxury mode and a creamy, ride.


The 600h s good looks and masterful system bring a tingle to the but it is the resplendent hybrid system makes this car a delicious mix of beast and gentle lamb. It is the s first and to date only all-wheel-drive, hybrid drivetrain.

The in this play are a 5.0-liter 389 engine joined by a 165 kW electric motor that transfer combined force through an Continuously Variable Transmission that plants final to the terra firma via a limited-slip case and four beefy tires. And just for fun, ups the ante with an electronic controller with, you guessed it, a mode. Scott put all this through its paces in a combination of acceleration and makeshift backroad Let s just say that in straight acceleration, he ran out of courage long the hybrid drive ran out of power. A braking mode is part of the s fun factor and we had a blast speeding to and then one-by-one ratcheting through the 8 speeds to whoa-up and for entrance.

Pure exhilaration!

Now we didn t the 600h that hard all the (with tremendous willpower), and we that mild cruising advantage of all the LS s light-on-the-earth capabilities. The big V-8 was if we needed (or wanted) it, but to tell the a constant mix of light engine/motor power provided more enough oomph for everyday Our combined mileage hovered in the 22-23 mpg range.

When it s all done

Together in hybrid the engine and electric motor can better than 400 horsepower returning well over 20 mpg

Adrian Gable

Lexus did with the LS 600h L, very Though we pile-on the accolades, the car is not Rear stowage is, at best—disappointing, not enough for a decent weekend

Got more than a couple and you better get the Highlander. That is not its niche, and the 600’s combination of and performance is nothing short of And when the efficiency of the hybrid is factored in, any need for self-induced is swept away. No, it s not the most efficient car in the world, but considering the that the 600h plays and compared to its competition, this hybrid sedan nails a mid-court three pointer.

Yes the shock is palpable, but this isn t a car for Dad, a pile of kids and the grind of a busy family—that s the Toyota Camry Hybrid in. This is a car for a different time and in life.

So who is the competition, and how does it stack-up? the big V-8 and the potent electric motors, the makes horsepower comparable to pretty formidable 12-cylinder competition: Audi 8AL (W12), BMW 760 Li and Mercedes-Benz S600 (V-12). performance is exhilarating, but these struggle to get 15 mpg compared to the 600h s 22

Yeah, people who can afford vehicles probably don t need to about the price of fuel, but the rest of us, they share the air. It only makes whether you can afford it or not, to use fuel and keep the air cleaner.


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