Lexus GS 450h

Lexus GS 450h

The GS is the second-largest sedan you can buy from Lexus , and it is one of the most luxurious. It comes loaded with all the leather, wood and technology you would expect from the brand, but it comes with something most Lexus models are missing; a touch of anger and performance. Lexus sells the GS with an adjustable sports suspension, an F Sport model and even a hybrid that promises to let you have fun.

Lexus has proven that it can do some great things with the F brand, but I had to laugh at the idea of a fun hybrid from the brand. Low and behold a Starfire Pearl colored GS450h rolled into my driveway for me to beat and cane on for a whole week. After experiencing what Porsche can do with the Panamera Hybrid , I was interested to see if Lexus could make a hybrid that was “fun.”

It has more than 300 horsepower, promises more than 30 mpg, and it looks great to boot. If there was ever going to be a hybrid from the Toyota family that I would enjoy, it would be this one. Let’s jump and in and drop the hammer; it’s time to see what this thing is made of.

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Lexus added a hybrid version to its GS lineup for the first time in 2006 when the model was in its third generation. Once the fourth-generation GS was announced for the 2013 model year, the GS 450h was also updated with a more aggressive exterior look, a more powerful engine and improved fuel economy.

For the 2014 model year, the GS 450h will evolve even further, thanks to some new features. Lexus will add new standard features like Siri Eyes Free technology licensed from Apple and Climate Concierge.

Lexus also updated The Luxury Package with new features, like LED fog lights, a Liquid Graphite finish for the 18-inch wheels and the discontinuing of the Lexus Night View system. A series of new optional features will also be added to the model.

Under the hood, the GS 450h keeps the usual Lexus Hybrid Synergy Drive system that helps it deliver some of the best fuel economy in its class.

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It’s only been a few weeks since Lexus unveiled the new generation Lexus GS350 , and now they are rounding up the crowd again with the debut of the GS 450h at the Frankfurt Motor Show. A relatively young model on the market - it was first unveiled in 2007 - the GS 450H is now the world’s first premium performance sedan to be equipped with a V6 Atkinson cycle gas engine and two-motor hybrid system.

The hybrid system combines an Atkinson cycle 3.5-liter V6 engine with a two-motor hybrid system in a front-engine/rear-wheel drive configuration. They both deliver a total of 338 HP and will sprint the GS 450h from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. Fuel economy has also been improved by 30%. The model will be equipped with a Drive Mode selector that will allow the driver to choose between Eco, Sport S, Sport S+ and EV modes.

UPDATE 06/29/2012: Lexus has unveiled a new video presenting the technology behind the new GS 450h. Enjoy!

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Five Axis was the first tuning company to come out with an upgrade package for the new generation Lexus GS , specifically the GS 350 F-Sport , but now Toyota Racing Developments (TRD) is getting in on the action with a full list of accessories for the GS. The package can be applied to both the GS 350 and GS 450h models, but buyers beware, it’s going to get expensive. For example, just a new set of wheels will run the customer $6,574.

Aside from the pricey wheels, TRD is offering a pretty impressive aero kit that includes a front under-spoiler, side skirts, a trunk spoiler, and a rear diffuser. Customers can also opt for a quad-exhaust sports muffler and a new set of 19" forged aluminum wheels that are lighter than the standard and help improve rigidity, contributing to the high dynamic performance and elegant comfort of the GS.

In addition to these features, the Lexus GS’ ride was superbly balanced with a new sport suspension that helps change the damping force of the spring and damper stiffness stabilizer from a revised rate.

Lexus has been rolling out their new fleet of vehicles over the past couple of weeks, highlighted by the presentation of the 2013 GS 350 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. You would think that after what’s been a busy two weeks, Toyota’s premium brand would be slowing down a bit to catch their breaths.

Apparently not.

The Japanese automaker is now gearing up for the world debuts of two new vehicles, the GS F-Sport and GS 450h .

No word yet as to what these cars will bring when the covers are pulled off, but all indications are that the GS 450h will be making its world presentation at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. Among other things, the GS 450h will carry a hybrid powertrain that features a V6 engine combined with an electric motor.

Meanwhile, the GS F-Sport will carry plenty of aerodynamic accessories, not the least of which include a redesigned front bumper and judging from the teaser photo, a honeycomb grille and a new set of alloy wheels to go with a new suspension set-up.

Though it’s possible that we’re going to see the GS F-Sport alongside the GS450h in Frankfurt, don’t be surprised if Lexus keeps the former under the covers for now with an eye towards the 2011 SEMA show in Las Vegas.

At the rate they’re going, it’s probably best for these guys to bring one up at a time. SEMA’s scheduled for November anyway and after the month they’ve had and the busy September coming up, these guys have every right in the world to keep the GS F-Sport behind the curtains until then.

As part of Lexus ’ attempt to prove to the world that hybrids can be cool and fun to drive, they have brought out the second model scheduled to be on display at the 2010 SEMA Show. This model is a customized GS 450h coming to us from 0-60 Magazine.

The stock GS 450h hybrid luxury sport sedan isn’t exactly the most exciting hybrid sedan on the market, but 0-60 Magazine have made significant changes to the exterior and inner workings of the vehicle to allow it to transcend above the boring, environmentally responsible family car. The first step to that is evident in the Custom Carbon 5-piece body kit. This kit includes a new front spoiler, a huge rear wing, side skirts, and plenty of 0-60 logos all over the car’s rear. Inside, the car has been given racing sports seats and a roll cage to complete the look.

The more technical additions given to the car include Brembo Gran Turismo high performance brakes, TEIN USA Super Racing coilovers, and a GReddy Performance custom Titanium Race exhaust system.

So, for those of you who didn’t believe hybrid cars could be cool, take one look at some of the hybrids Lexus is offering, and you might just change your mind.

It was June 1st, 1991. Lexus unveiled the first generation luxury SC series. The SC400 remained into production until 2001 when the second generation luxury convertible went into production. Now Lexus announced that the SC430 will see the end of its life in July 2010. And to mark the occasion, Lexus Japan has revealed a new special edition called "The Eternal Jewel".

The Eternal Jewel edition will feature an extreme level of customization to both the interior & exterior color choices, including separate colors for the body and the roof and leather upholstery and wood-grain trim for the interior. Also there will be a serial number plate in the center console.

Lexus will build only 200 units of the SC430 "The Eternal Jewel" Edition.

Lexus revealed today details on the 2010 GS 450h, that comes with stylish exterior changes, but also with the latest technologies. The exterior chabges include: front grille, special 18-inch light-alloy wheels, a Lexis Hybrid Drive engine cover, blue front and rear "L" logos, a blue tint to the headlamps, clear tail lamp covers and a power meter that replaces the tachometer.

Lexus GS 450h

The 450h’s hybrid system combines a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a compact, permanent magnet electric motor that both delivers a total of 340 hp. The 450h sprints from zero-to-60 mph in just 5.2 seconds.

The gasoline V6 uses an Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i) and a dual fuel-injection system that combines the benefits of direct injection with those of port injection. Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) operates on the intake and exhaust valves to further enhance power and torque across a broad engine speed range.

Press release after the jump.

The Lexus GS 450h, first introduced in April 2006 as a 2007 model, remains the only hybrid-powered performance luxury sport sedan in its segment. Based on the new-generation GS platform and featuring Lexus Hybrid Drive technology, the GS 450h offers V8-like performance with greater fuel efficiency.

If you haven’t noticed by now, Frankfurt will be one of the greatest events of the year. Do you remember the number of the new models that will be unveiled in here? We lost count long time ago. And to that impressive number, Lexus will also add a few models. One of them is the 2008 GS 450h.


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