Lexus GS450H

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LEXUS GS GS 450h Luxury E-CVT Continuosuly Variable

Lexus GS450H

Planet-friendly performance and luxury

Hybrid drive was viewed in the past as a worthy, but invariably dull, method of propulsion for drivers with a conscience. Increasingly, though, it’s being seen as offering the potential to enhance rather than detract. It’s worth noting that, six years ago, the GS 450h was the first hybrid-powered luxury sports sedan on the market and is now one of several.

In fact, Lexus itself offers five.

Can hybrid be sporty, though? Lexus, for one, seems comfortable with slapping the “F-Sport” logo on to its GS 450h; put your foot down firmly on the right pedal and the answer, unequivocally, is yes. Of course, though there’s an abundance of urge on tap, the F-Sport moniker has less to do with the drivetrain than with handling.

Our vehicle’s F-Sport trim – exclusive to the 450h in the GS range – features unique front and rear treatments, 19-inch alloy wheels with different widths front and rear, retuned suspension and more powerful brakes. Adaptive Variable Suspension provides a choice of either Normal or Sport+ damper settings at each wheel, independently.

In practice, this means that the Lexus’ usual magic carpet ride remains just that, in normal straight-ahead driving. Point the 450h at a series of twisties, though, select Sport+ mode and you’re into the kind of territory usually occupied by German cars with M, RS and AMG tacked on the bootlid. Let it suffice to say that our good sense intruded long before, we suspect, the Lexus’ prodigious grip ran out.

The system provides good feel and feedback, through the seat of the pants and the steering wheel, giving the driver the confidence to drive swiftly in challenging conditions.

What’s interesting is how unobtrusively this all works, testimony to how advanced these systems have become. A significant role in all of this is played by Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH), coupled with dynamic rear steering, which the manufacturer says is a first on a hybrid car. It’s able to fine-tune responses on the fly by adjusting front and rear wheel steering independently (up to 2 degrees on the rear wheels).

And if you think that’s where the 450h begins and ends, you’re wrong. Being a Lexus, its luxury, refinement and features are on par with the finest in the premium sedan market. Among the tech highlights, new for 2013 is what Lexus calls the world’s first 12,3-inch (312 mm) Electro Multi Vision (EMV) display screen.

The now familiar user interface, modelled on a computer mouse, in its second generation features a slide-type control. Previously, to Enter you’d clock two buttons on the side; now you simply click down on the device. It’s more logical and intuitive.

LEXUS GS GS 450h Luxury E-CVT Continuosuly Variable

Even sportier . Clicking Sport+ on the multi-drive-mode selector engages a host of systems. It automatically increases the difference between inner and outer shock absorber damping when driving through corners to reduce roll. At the same time, it reduces steering gear ratio by about 10 per cent and steering assist torque by about four per cent.

Drive:  Rear, CVT

Powertrain: V6 petrol, electric

Power: Petrol 213 kW; system total 252 kW

Torque: Petrol 345 N.m; electric 275 N.m

Transmission: E-CVT

Economy: 6,2 litres/100 km

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

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