Lexus LS600h hybrid review (2007 onwards MSN Cars UK

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What: Lexus LS600hWhere: GermanyDate: April 2007Price: £85,000 (est)Available: October rivals: Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, XJ, Mercedes S-Class

Hybrid of the luxury Lexus saloon solid performance but the green are less convincing.

Likes: levels of comfort, technical strong performance, improved limited boot space, mobile phone storage, righteous “green” credentials

A car for the wealthy?

Just imagine. You are the CEO of a UK company. Your PR chief upon you the importance of making the visual statement, presenting the environmentally aware image to shareholders and the media.

So a Range is an iffy proposition and a gas-guzzling car is almost as bad. Where to go?

Something compact and economical is the answer, and a Toyota Prius the target spot on, but hey, get What about a Lexus It has the right hybrid credentials to even your dinner friends, it has all the luxury you could want and it is actually faster a regular Lexus LS460.

It is a scenario.

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As long as you deep pockets. Prices not be announced until much the October 2007 launch but take a likely £85,000 price, add £8k-£9k for the long version, another £5k for the desirable single rear seat and you are very close to six figures. The is being marketed as the halo LS and, it seems, certain will be prepared to pay for that It is unlikely they will be either.

The Lexus LS has all the qualities you expect of a car, with supremely seats, a great ride and little noise.

What we had in the UK before is the long-wheelbase version. adds 120mm to the interior and brings Lexus into with the offerings from its rivals. It allows space the front passenger seat for a heated, air conditioned seat the world’s first human temperature-sensing air-conditioning system, leg rest and rear seat Not to forget, of course, the eight-chamber massage system that can Shiatsu or a number of other techniques.

In a word, then, relaxing.

The operates like all Toyota and hybrids, although being the model there are refinements make it the most sophisticated of the The large capacity petrol V8 in the usual way, but it can also up the nickel metal hybrid pack on the move. When the is charged, it will power a electric motor that in tandem with the V8.

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In effect, as likes to put it, you get the performance of a 6.0-litre V12 without the bills – hence the badging.

Technically the big deal is that the LS has four-wheel drive in place of the drive of the LS460. But equally are, on the standard wheelbase the optional active anti-roll that tighten up the cornering The big Lexus already has a sophisticated air package that adapts to the conditions but this extra manages to make the LS significantly agile in its behaviour than

Factor in the additional urge the electric motor provides and the really does perform something in a different league.

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It is also uncannily so quite that a high-speed on the German autobahn is totally With such performance though, it is a good job that the is stuffed with safety including one that monitors you and face and beeps if you are not paying There is also ‘Rear Safety’ which detects a running into the rear and the headrests forward to minimise

A downside of all this technology is luggage space in the boot is inadequate for a luxury car.

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Hybrid cars until now, largely sold on the environmental ticket. despite the statutory numbers for and C02, the LS600h only good when compared other luxury cars, and not in terms. If that is enough to the conscience, then you will not a better blend of sheer high performance and cleanliness for money.

Petrol engine 5.0 V8 Electric 165 kW Power (bhp) 445 Torque 384 0-62mph (secs) 6.3    Top (mph) 155 Combined MPG 30.3 CO2 (g/km)/tax (%) 219/30%

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