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Lexus GS 450h F-sport: Powered Luxury

Heads Up (HUD)

There are two things you about the new GS: It’s a big old hunk of and the quality is impeccable. Its BMW 5 series and the latest in the range to get the current make-over. The huge grill is and impressive and a rather odd shape.

The of the exterior is equally impressive, not actually attractive as such. If quick you can catch the little the headlights do when you switch on the car for a bit of entertainment. Then, as if you could no more, you can nip round the back to the electric boot-lid for a few extra We all poo-pooh these little until we have lived them but believe me they do what they say on the box, and you them for it.

With hands of shopping bags you can operate the from the key fob. However, the is located rather uselessly in the lid so you have to lift your bag hands above your to reach it.

Entry is via the fabulous start system which the door by grasping it in the usual It senses a hand on the inner but only unlocks the door if the key is about your person. It is generous.

Pulling on the handle opens the door although I expected a flunky in a powered wig to from the shrubbery to do it for me as every owner has access to the Concierge It’s not as if Lexus drivers toffy-nosed as it is, is it?

The interior is a glorious to good taste. The pictures able to convey a fitting of luxury. Every knob, and surface looks and feels it’s been engineered to an inch of its life. The leather is as as a baby’s bum and the metal highlights to have been lovingly by nubile wenches in white You all know of my pet hate of metalised so I’m happy to report that the used in this cabin of the same high quality as the of the accoutrements.

The panel fitting too has inspected by that OCD child we all at school but couldn’t stand within 20 metres of.

I don’t usually go on about the but Lexus has gone all out to try and make the seats everything they can be. They adjust electrically in 20 ways and as if that wasn’t they also have and cooling built right in, but on the top model. The rest make do decreasing amounts of customisation I’m sure makes very difference to the driver who wasn’t of them in the first place.

I did a few drives to test out the road-trip-ability of the GS and it is on the highway. I set the seat three ways with the top half of the back in several positions to it out. The squab folds in and out to a longer legged person and and every movement is done tiniest motion of a finger.

drivers mustn’t exert

The instruments and equipment are impressive I confess to taking quite a to find the auto button for the It’s on the end of the wand rather a position up or down like wiper wands. When it raining you hit the button then the sensitivity with the variable

It would make more to have the “on/off” and sensitivity on the one slider. The steering wheel has the buttons but there are two things I’d like to draw your to: one is the panoramic cinemascope LCD screen and the taco/eco meter. The dial on the next to the speedo is a dual one and normally operates as an indicator of but pressing the “sport” button transforms it into a taco.

The LCD displays the infotainment system controlled by the joystick just to the of the gear lever. The joystick on our car had only 50km on when we it so everything felt very In fact the whole car only had on it so it’s little surprise the did too. The joystick was a little to use especially on the move but it’s noting that I’ve other Lexus models the same setup that was to use. The menu has an option to the resistance of said joystick can you it?

In a nod to luxury personal sport of the past, there is a central clock which resembles created for use on an art deco yacht and at Harrods. It simply reeks of

Starting the car by pushing the button has the standard rather than a and I expect this on every car $24k these days. are other luxury touches a parking brake that can be set in auto mode and engages in It can also be set to “Hold” meaning in you stop in traffic the car holds the until you step on the throttle like hill hold. I see a time when you would this feature. I’ve it on cars before and always it more painful than so leave it turned off.

I think features make harder instead of serving the

When you start the car the steering and seat move to pre-programmed which is a stroke of genius. It all drivers easy access ingress and egress given as room as possible. The distance the slides back is programmable as are other important functions and it won’t run over the feet of the passenger if set to reach the full travel.

All of these functions are via the huge 12.3” central of the 450. No expense has been so we’ve included the list of below.

On the top of the steering column a black hump peeks up the “L” on the central boss and is used to tired eyes on a weary Since the GS is setup for long cruising the tired eye detector come in handy and could save your life. No, I get a chance to test it more’s the

The auto headlight dipping is but I’m not so sure when we would use the steering wheel heater!

The spot system is much It can be turned on or off and senses if there is an it thinks you can’t see. the Volvo with its “look at me” red LED, the Lexus has a more orange graphic.

It appears in the corner of the doors on the side of the obstruction so as you check mirrors before the lane it will engage your We’ve all done it, we’ve all to change lanes only to see a coming up on our inside so saving one life makes it a very option.

It’s not so rare but the radar guided cruise is brilliant. Cruise control has a bad of turning a driver into a after a hundred clicks. The senses an obstacle appearing in of you.

You get an indication on the dash but it is subtle. If a zombified motorist to act the Lexus applies the brakes varying degrees of enthusiasm on the urgency of the situation This is adjustable with a button but on the road its best left on to give the full range of

Two less desirable, even annoying aspects were the steering wheel and HUD. The HUD info on the windscreen in front of the It is annoying at least in the short though perhaps a longer might alter that

The other thing is the steering Inexplicably, half of it is made enviro-friendly bamboo. In the name of all is holy, why?

Yes the wheel is but the feel of different materials and under the touch is most It’s rather like suddenly remembered the 450h is a and that it desperately needed nod to greenness. One material only

I couldn’t go another word mentioning the audio system is stunning. I’ve been in cars that don’t as good. There are enough in the Mark Levinson system to the Sydney Opera House. The is rich and full and can be made and brooding or light and bright by a of adjustments but leaving it flat and Mr Levinson to wash over you like a ticket to a concert.

It is moons since I enjoyed a wonderful live performance, let from the driver’s seat of a sports tourer. It’s worth however much it

Now for the drive: put the CVT (yes I know, into D and the luxurious feel The BMW 5 Hybrid uses and 8 speed so I’m mystified as to why Toyota persists the dreadful CVT. None the there is 352Nm of torque from the moment you stamp on the pedal. You really do notice the grunt which feels akin to a small V8 rather a hybrid. The combined output of is nothing to be sniffed at but for a top-of-the-line executive transport I’d like a more, so perhaps a turbo?

After all the Volvo S60 manages from a little V6 turbo-petrol but the has been criticised for its fuel Perhaps Toyota kept in mind when selecting the Having recently driven the Holden Volt, I wondered if a extender electric option be a better choice.

I’ve several hybrids since the and none has matched either the consumption or the silent powerhouse at its The Lexus hybrid operates in the way as most other Toyota so we know it works but is it the best

The big Lexus is very smooth on the Being the F-Sport version, we stiffened suspension and various to the trim but I find the ride be more comfortable in a luxury if most of the time it was much compliant. The steering is a delight and light yet precise as you might from a car costing half a city apartment.

I did a short down the Southern Highlands and the Museum where the GS felt at home amongst the gravel and leafy lanes. The other run the Grand Pacific Drive was notable. She outdid herself on tight bends as my favourite echoed the forest.

It was a sunroof down Kodak Moment as I the Sea Cliff Bridge with singing Take Me Away. As I the other side, Nancy serenaded me with You Only Twice as if to signal arrival at my The sunny fine 25c day was far too short and I wanted more, much but it was time to turn for home.

The might surprise you all but I liked the very much. It is refined and and a delight to drive. Moreover, it has the X

While it doesn’t make you the Lexus GS450h does you feel rather special. The is a nice place to be too with its and climate controls. There is a little button for an electric blind. Much has been of the fuel consumption and many commented that a diesel as that in the BMW or Mercedes Benz less juice, and they are Still, neither of the latter homey inside.

They suffer from a German which, while not boring, interesting either. The Lexus is inside and were I to be in the market for a exec conveyance would her home in a flash. The sound is a revelation, the drive is sublime and the is gorgeous.

This is a car you could do a K’s in, and then another million

In a departure from our usual we’ve included the full to do justice a worthy offering.


• First all-wheel hybrid with the GS 450h F for greater driving dynamics

• application of direct and port on an Atkinson cycle hybrid for efficiency

• First use of bamboo for a wheel for reduced environmental and sustainability

• First hybrid to two-piece brake rotors for stopping power


• First hybrid vehicle to All-Speed Active Cruise managing speed down to and up zero

• First Lexus to feature paddle shift CVT for driving enjoyment

• First vehicle to feature digital (DAB+)

• First Lexus with a Tyre Pressure aiding safety and economy

• Spot Monitor ^

• Tyre Monitor

• Eight-sensor parking and sonar ^

• Reverse camera ^ Rear Guide Assist

• HID headlamps with Adaptive System

• Second generation Remote Touch (LRT)

• digital radio ^*

• Satellite with live traffic ^^

• Four door smart with card key

• Advanced with audio streaming **

• unique VDIM vehicle system

LEXUS GS GS 450h Luxury E-CVT Continuosuly Variable

• Cruise control

• Leather-accented interior

• LED Daytime Lights

• Dual-zone climate

• Three-speed ventilated and heated seats

• 12-way front with three-position driver s

• Self-dimming and heated exterior

• Adaptive Variable Suspension

• Head Up Display (HUD)

The F Sport, which carries an RRP of *. builds on the Luxury model and the world s first all-wheel hybrid. (*add $20,000 for dealer and gov charges)

Over and the Luxury model, the GS F Sport

• Sports suspension settings

• pedals

• Automatic High (AHB)

• Unique interior with 18-way driver s bucket seats

• Unique body kit and grille

• Unique alloy wheels

• Lexus Handling system (LDH) Dynamic Rear Steering

• Advanced Pre-Collision safety with All-Speed Active Control+

• Variable Gear Steering (VGRS)

• Larger two-piece brake rotor four piston caliper

• VDIM Step 5, incorporating DRS

The Luxury model tops out the at $121,900 * .

• Driver Fatigue with eye detection ^

• Advanced Pre safety System with Active Cruise Control+

• adjustable front seats

• 835 17-speaker Mark Levinson

• Tri-zone climate control rear controls and Nanoe

• Automatic High Beam

• leather accents

• Wood trim

• Manual side and rear window sunshades

GS F Sport models will an advanced technology enhancement including LED headlights, 835-watt Mark Levinson Audio and the multimedia display.

LEXUS GS GS 450h Luxury E-CVT Continuosuly Variable
LEXUS GS GS 450h Luxury E-CVT Continuosuly Variable
LEXUS GS GS 450h Luxury E-CVT Continuosuly Variable


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