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By Douglas Kott January 24, / Photos by John Lamm

starting to happen. First, introduced its roomy second-generation hybrid with acceleration approached a 4-cylinder Camry’s. Honda offered up its Accord (December 2004) that beats its V-6-powered gas-only to 60 mph by a half-second (6.8 versus provided its battery pack is in the charged state.

And now comes the RX 400h, a luxury sport-ute that should run benzene around the RX 330 at the drag strip yet return an estimated 28 mpg overall 30 26 highway. The age of the performance hybrid is now with the expected Lexus

The 400 in its designation reflects the performance one expect with a 4.0-liter V-8 yet in fact this Lexus the same basic 3.3-liter V-6, augmented by two electric one front, one rear plus a unit that provides no force but functions as a generator and motor.

The front transaxle an ingenious stepless planetary very similar in concept to the transmission (albeit greatly and houses two of the motors. At the rear, the motor with its own compact gearbox supplies electric-only to the rear wheels. Look, Ma, drive without a prop

Of course we’ll need for this, and the 288-volt DC pack of hydride cells resides the rear seat, which is about an inch to make Before it reaches the motor, is boosted to 650 volts DC and then to alternating current through an

So one might ask, How powerful is it? and would tell you that the system power is 268 bhp, 208 of that produced by the V-6. But is another thing altogether, as the motors generate their twisting force at revs far than the gas engine’s 4400 rpm try 247 at 0-1500 rpm for the front motor, and 96 at 0-610 rpm for the rear. So there’s no tidy torque figure that’s in any way relatable to non-hybrids. Lexus offers this nugget total axle at launch (that is, after multiplication through gearing) is lb.-ft.

Yeouch!

In sheer, away-from-the-stoplight this translates to a 0-60 of 7.3 seconds, which Lexus is a half-second quicker than the RX And you can still tow the race car, on a lightweight aluminum trailer, its 3500-lb. towing capacity. One you can’t do is drive off-road, will no doubt disappoint the of RX owners who routinely slog the mud.

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The reason is that load and without sufficient the air-cooled rear motor fry.

The 400h is a true parallel meaning it can operate solely on power (up to 41 mph), internal or a combination of both.


Given the driving experience is quite with transitions between the much smoother, and regenerative less grabby-feeling than the (The B position on the shift increases the regen further, the 400h on grades in a way that like compression braking a lower gear.) A nice is that the instantaneous torque of the gives this Lexus a powerful stride in the 30-60-mph ideal for passing on a two-lane.

Whatever the mode, the driver is aware of its very hybrid-ness no fewer than three a Prius-like powertrain diagram on the screen with pulsing, arrows indicating power a simplified LCD display inset the speedometer; and a tach-like gauge to its showing kilowatts instead of revs.

It’s a brave new of hybrids, but people aren’t to vote with their At this writing, Lexus was 11,000 pre-sold orders for the a vehicle that should be $4000-$5000 dearer than the RX 330. With its increased significantly better fuel and technological bragging rights, the seems to be a hit even before its date, which happens to be 15.

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