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

The never quivered, but they a shock wave through the luxury market. The year was and the car was the 1990 Lexus LS, the first from Toyota’s new luxury

A departure from the European of luxury sedans, the flagship LS was for the American market and has impressed from the very beginning its remarkable quality, attention to and levels of comfort and convenience.

It is said that lightning strike twice in the same However, never content to on its market success, Lexus created tremors throughout the car arena with the introduction of the generation LS in 2007. This flagship edition not only new levels of luxury refinements, performance and contemporary styling, a base model breached the held by its European competitors.

And if wasn’t enough, Lexus things up even more the announcement of the LS 600h L, a long-wheel hybrid model – the automobile to mate an electric system to a V8 gasoline engine.

But it s six years between major long time in the auto the LS has languished as rivals introduced new technology-laden models, including offerings. The Lexus top-of-the-line was no longer on the top-of-the-heap in a relatively segment.

Almost All New For 2013

receiving minor exterior in 2010, the LS 600h L, along the gasoline-powered LS models, has been revised for 2013. More a refresh, but not quite a clean-sheet the new LS struts a bold new exterior, an driver-focused interior, more gadgets and added creature

Lexus says that than 3,000 of the 6,000-plus in the LS series are new or have been for the 2013 model year. For the only parts carried from last year’s are the doors.

In addition to the nearly LS Hybrid, the non-hybrid model includes the standard length drive LS 460 that has a starting of $71,990; all-wheel drive $2,945. The extended length LS 460 L, starts at $78,290 for rear $81,775 for A-WD.

New for 2013 is the performance-oriented LS 460 F Sport It combines a more aggressively exterior with an exclusive interior, a sport tuned air that has been lowered 0.4 a Torsen limited slip differential, Brembo six-piston brakes, and 19-inch forged with summer or all-season The F Sport rear drive at $81,990, and $84,885 with

For 2013, the LS 600h L has a sticker of $119,910, a hefty jump of over the outgoing model. EPA fuel economy carries from last year at 19 highway and 20 mpg combined.

Familiar Powertrain

The LS 600h L returns a largely unchanged gasoline-electric save reprogramming of the electronically continuously variable transmission and minor changes that the regenerative braking stronger better brake pedal

As with other Lexus models, the LS hybrid’s “600” doesn’t refer to the engine’s capacity as it does with vehicles. Instead, the LS 600h L to the comparable power of a 6.0-liter when the hybrid’s 5.0-liter V8 gas is mated to the electric motor.

The aspirated V8 produces 389 horsepower and 385 of torque. It features a dual-injector that combines direct injection with port injection for each cylinder, achieves significant improvements in fuel economy and emissions. It is equipped with Lexus ’ VVT-i variable intake and valve timing system incorporates an electric motor to intake valve timing.

The low-friction and extremely precise design allows it to use thin, OW-20 engine oil.

are two electric motor generators, executing specific functions. One as the primary generator and engine but provides no motive force. The drives the wheels and manages braking that converts energy to electrical energy to the nickel-metal hydride battery

When combined with the gas total system output is 438

The system is a “full hybrid,” the car can be powered by the gas engine only, the motor only, or both at the time. The big car can operate on electric only for about one mile at up 25 mph. When the car comes to the engines shuts off, and starts again when the pedal is released.

Unlike its gasoline-only cousins, the LS 460 and LS 460 L, of which are rear wheel-driven optional all-wheel drive, the limousine is an all-wheel drive only. A Torsen limited-slip splits torque 40 percent percent rear during driving conditions. If the road becomes slippery, it is capable of a 50/50 split.

Power is to all four wheels through the stage eCVT that sequential shift modes, manual selection of eight stages of acceleration response. The also has three driver modes-normal, power and snow.

a control knob allows to choose the way they want to the hybrid powertrain: Normal is a between fuel economy and Eco dials back throttle for the best fuel mileage; and the S+ mode disregards fuel to deliver maximum performance. is also an EV mode for driving full electric power at low

Finally, Styling That Attention

In the past, the LS was technologically Comfort was first class and was exceptional-but styling was boxy and In comparison, Lexus has finally it with the 2013 model and the LS L looks good from any

Yes, it’s still big but now sleek with flowing and has an imposing presence.

The signature feature is its sewing spindle-shaped grille that made its on the GS sport sedans. The upper and slanted lower grille been combined and integrated a single element that an aggressive frontal design. bean-shaped headlamps have replaced with swept lens design that into bulging front

In profile, a sculpted lower panel carries the dramatic new rearward to the rear, which has a appearance, conforming to the front A pair of large chromed tips underlines the car’s characteristics.

The newly shaped is more than just eye Numerous stabilizing fins and air management result in a drag of just .26, making the LS one of the most aerodynamic cars in its

A Cabin That Indulges

As the that has to take on the elite of the the 2013 Lexus LS 600h L no need unfulfilled or wish to driver and passengers. The cabin has been relaxing but the 2013 is even more sumptuous, front and rear occupants like passengers in an executive-class

Space is simply not an issue. its long wheelbase configuration, the LS s interior is positively cavernous ample room for legs, and arms in all directions.

Seats in more ways than the body thought possible. The climate control can sense body heat and adjust the accordingly, and includes an overhead air

The rear of the cabin is positively An Executive Class Seating forgoes the standard five-seat for two rear seats with heating and cooling. It features a rear seat with a control that reclines the 45 degrees, raises an ottoman and gives a relaxing shiatsu-style that can ease the day’s of any chairman of the board.

Need to some notes? A hide-away table takes care of Want a chilled beverage? A box is available. How about a movie?

The system features a Blu-ray DVD an SD card slot and a retractable, mounted, nine-inch full-color VGA

And if all that doesn’t fulfill luxury needs, this pleasure cruiser also the superb Mark Levinson system. It’s like the best seat in the house at a

Opulent? This thing’s a Carlton hotel on four


Complementing the luxury amenities, the LS 600h L adopts the two-zone layout of all new Lexus vehicles. The is stylish in a business-like manner and simple to use, despite a array of equipment.

Most is a 12.3-inch LCD screen in the center of the It displays the navigation system, phone and stereo, with buttons for the climate arranged it. Tons of tech features are to figure out including the navigation and the Lexus Enform App Suite allows connection to the Bing engine, iHeartRadio and Pandora, movie tickets and making reservations.

The display is maneuverable with an but somewhat sensitive joystick in the console.

The passenger-focused interior is crafted with an abundance of leather and shimamoku (“striped and other real wood Meticulous attention to detail that all the fixtures and fittings solid and precise in operation.

Safety Showcase

The 600h not delivers the full executive-transport it is dedicated to safe travel.

is a car that can slam on the brakes if it you’re going to crash, headrests if it senses a rear-ender and watches you face to make you’re paying attention.

Nod off or out the side window when eyes should be looking at the car suddenly lurches in front of you a side road it will bells, flash lights and brake to jolt you out of your

Lane assist will keep you in the intended lane, a blind spot monitor track and alerts you when are in rear-side blind spots. A radar sensor and two cameras detect obstacles in the car’s including pedestrians and at speeds than 24 miles per hour, bring the LS to a full stop.

The cruise control can now operate at any plus it is able to bring the to a complete stop and then once the flow of traffic has

Driving The LS Hybrid

Lexus the West Cost media of the 2013 LS 600h L at the Lodge at Pines in La Jolla, California. since the lodge is rated one of the top resorts in the nation and earned the level from the California Lodging Program. Its location offers easy access to a of driving situations—city, freeway and two-lane twisty roads in foothills.

There are few cars, if as quiet as the LS hybrid, and not just the car is stopped and the gas engine shuts It is so remarkably hushed that checks of the tachometer are required to what ’ going on.

On the streets of La the hybrid system was a paradigm of so much so that it was near to detect the transition from power to engine power and versa. Electric-only driving was accomplished by accelerating from to around 30 mph then lifting From there, a light can indeed propel the car with for the Lexus claimed mile or so.

We found that Eco mode was for in town driving. It significantly back throttle response, but on streets why not save a little

Street ride quality is you would expect from a sedan of this caliber-very Select the standard air suspension’s mode and the supple suspension absorbs any road imperfections. Few of transport can whisk you along a in such a comfortable, serene

The big Lexus doesn’t pretend to be a sedan, but switching the air suspension to Sport introduces a different The throttle input perceptibly the suspension firms up and steering more resistant.

All-wheel provides substantial grip and the car considerably lighter than its curb weight implies. its heft and girth, it easily a few corners together with flair. The revised electric steering is tighter and is responsive good road feel.

are light but not touchy, reassuring but not

There s silence when you away, but mash the throttle and the V8 kicks in with a lovely, crescendo: the LS feels every bit as as its claimed 5.5- second mph time suggests.

Of course owners will drive, or someone drive, the 600h in a manner and will be rewarded a serene ride. However, an owner want to sneak from the top floor corner and head for a backcountry road, the can ease the tension of a stressful

Lexus LS 600h L In The Marketplace

The LS L caters to environmentally conscious sedan buyers, a very clientele. When introduced in Lexus aimed to sell to 2,000 units a year in the but that never happened. The sales year was 2008, 980 cars sold and the numbers diminished every year 2012 tallying only 54

Those disappointing numbers can be to a shrinking number of buyers by the economic turndown and the entry of luxury hybrid models. For Lexus says it projecting of four to five units per

While the 600h is a brilliant of elegance and technological sophistication, the price of $119,910 makes it the expensive gasoline-electric hybrid in the Add option packages and the price to north of $130,000.

Affluent buyers have other starting with the all-new BMW ActiveHighbrid 7L. Like the Lexus, it is in only a long-wheel base and is also available with creature comforts such as a rear seat and a host of equipment.

What makes the BMW a competitor is price and fuel The 2013 edition had a dramatic decrease from $101,000 for the model to $84,000 and has an EPA estimated 22 highway and 25 combined.

Another is the Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid. it doesn t offer a stretched the V6 hybrid powertrain has a fuel rating of 19 city/25 highway and 21 It’s priced starting at

If performance and handling is a priority, Panamera S Hybrid can fulfill need while matching the fuel economy numbers, but at a

Lexus is marketing the LS 600h L as a flagship, something best in hybrid form. It is surely the serene luxury-class sedan It offers an excellent combination of space silence and features.

also the most electronics-intensive car experienced.

If silent, luxurious with a hybrid powertrain offers a precious few more appeals to you, and you can afford the this is the car to have.

Prices are Suggested Retail Price at time of publication and do not include charges, taxes or licensing.

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