Lexus GS Hybrid 450h Luxury 3.5 Review
Electric dream

Story by Raymond Lai, pictures by Azfar Hashim
16 Jan 2009
 

The GS450h is no ordinary green car - all thanks to its storming performance

Packaging

To most, a hybrid car would represent green, environmentally-friendly motoring and low fuel bills. Well, that’s what hybrid models - like the Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid - generally are. Despite Toyota being the leader in hybrid technology, its Lexus luxury division takes a rather different approach to hybrid models than its parent company.

Instead of the usual emphasis on economy and green credentials, Lexus’ hybrid models are all about performance and luxury. If you can recall, the first Lexus hybrid introduced here was the RX400h in 2006, and immediately, that hybrid SUV proved popular with buyers here.

This was then followed by the flagship of the Lexus range, the LS600h limousine. The LS600h was simply stunning in the way it goes - Lexus claims that the V8 LS600h has the performance of an equivalent V12-engined limo, and it’s certainly not hard to see why.

So how about this new GS450h then? Being the third hybrid model to be added into Lexus’ local product range, can it garner the same level of interest as the RX400h and LS600h?

As in the GS300’s, the driving position is spot on thanks to the variety of electrical adjustments for both the seat and steering wheel. The seats feel plush and luxurious as well, while offering comfortable support.

The aluminium-like dials of the instruments are a nice design touch, but the use of some visible Toyota switchgear (especially that cheap looking digital clock smack on the centre of the dash) disappoints an otherwise cozy and high quality cabin. The instrument pack, however, features a kilowatt power gauge instead of a rev counter - and it’s rather interesting to see the needle on the gauge head towards 200 plus kW when you give the GS some hard stomps.

 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 3456cc
Engine Type V 6
Bore x Stroke (94.0 x 83.0)mm
Power 292bhp @ 6200rpm
Torque 368Nm @ 4800rpm
Power to Weight 157 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 5.9s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 12.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FR

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4850 x 1820 x 1430) mm
Wheelbase 2850 mm
Turning Circle 5.2 metres
Kerb Weight 1860 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 65 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs