2013 Lexus GS 450h

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!

Hit the jump to read more about the new Lexus GS 450h.

Exterior and Interior

Lexus GS 450h

Lexus’ new GS 450h will be immediately recognized as a new generation Lexus GS, but it will be distinguished from the standard GS model thanks to a unique three-lamp design that aligns the turn signal and the Lexus-first high and low beam LED lamps in a single horizontal row. The rear bumper covers the exhaust pipe apertures and there is a special Lexus’ signature blue hybrid badging.

As for the interior, the GS 450h offers many of the items found on the gas-powered model. It includes the next generation Remote Touch, an analog clock with LED indicators, and a new energy-saving auto climate control system called S-Flow. A unique feature for the hybrid model is a bamboo-finished steering wheel and hybrid monitor.

Hybrid Powertrain

Lexus GS 450h

The Lexus GS 450h’s 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. This setup provides a total output of 338 HP, allowing the new Lexus GS 450h to deliver impressive performance numbers for a hybrid model. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 131 mph.

The GS 450h comes equipped with the Lexus Dynamic Handling system and an integrated four-wheel steering system that monitors vehicle speed, steering direction, and driver inputs. By doing so, the system calculates the optimum angle for all four wheels. Using VGRS (Variable Gear Ratio Steering) to the front and DRS to the rear, the system can independently control both front and rear wheel steering angles to help improve turn-in response, rear grip, vehicle stability and overall agility when cornering.


Prices for the new GS 450h will be announced closer to its market launch.


Lexus GS 450h

The upgrades provided for the Lexus GS 450h were the next logical step for Lexus, especially considering that Infiniti is now offering a very serious competitor in the M35 Hybrid . The Infiniti model combines a naturally aspirated 3.5 Liter V6 and an efficient electric motor for a total of 350 HP. It also delivers a fuel economy of 27 mpg and is on sale at a starting price of $53,700. We’re just hoping Lexus will announce better numbers for the GS 450h.

Lexus GS 450h
  • Aggressive appearance
  • Impressive performance for a hybrid
  • Comes fully loaded
  • Competition might be more powerful
  • Still not on the market


Buyers are mostly like buying cars with less fuel consumption. This car really met their needs.

It might look the same with GS350, but it’s much faster.

It’s the world’s first rear-drive full-hybrid vehicle according to Lexus. An elegant and quiet interior may give driver enjoyment and excitement to performance in a calm atmosphere.

Fuel economy of GS 450h is better at 27MPG while its maximum speed is only limited on 131MPH.

Lexus and Toyota have the best fuel economy, and we can also expect that it’ll have powerful performance.

The video shows only what’s the technology on this hybrid and having the best fuel economy of 31MPG and cleanest emissions from a powerful performance.

It really has an aggressive design and a sophisticated look because on its sleek body paint! And I will surely wait for the speed performance of it.

It is really oozing with aggressiveness, and it looks so cool on that specifically on its front design. Just too bad that it is a hybrid vehicle, very unreliable!

Yeah! It is maybe a good-looking vehicle and absolutely so attractive, but I don’t like the fact that it is a hybrid car which is very unreliable for this generation.

This future vehicle of Lexus is absolutely looks so awesome on its platform, and it looks more elegant on its mileage. However, I really don’t like the fact that it is a hybrid vehicle.

I wonder if what will be the interior of this one will look like? Well, I hope it is impressive as well as on its aggressive appearance! However, I just don’t like the fact that it is a hybrid car.

It is already looking great on its metallic paint. It gives the classy and massive looks on it, but I’m quite wondering if what will be the interior of this one will look like.

I don’t like the fact that it is a hybrid concept! It is so unreliable, but I must agree that it really has an irresistible appearance. The sleek body paint gives the classy appearance on this one.

Lexus is really looks so luxurious and classy on its appearance and sleek body paint. Moreover, I’m not impressed with its engine, the fact that it is a hybrid power train I don’t think that it will work.

Agree, this one show to be one of the hybrid power-train, I like the composition of set up of exterior simply interesting system engine.

Okey, another impressive hybrid car! Sorry, but a concept like this is I think only a waste of time, so unreliable. However, I must say that the boyish appearance of this GS 450h gives an extra appeal to it.

Me, either I don’t think that hybrid concept will be going on success. There’s nothing wrong with being an eco friendly, but I just hope that car manufacturers can see that these concepts are not really unreliable.

I have the same question BenZaholic like yours. Maybe it is more attractive if it is not a hybrid power train, very unreliable! I just hope that it will work out and not become an alas. I wish you luck!

The interior of GS 450h seems so cozy and relaxing, and I’m impressed with the macho and boyish appearance of it. Its sleek body paint adds more appeal on this car.

Why is it all hybrid cars had a very impressive look, like this GS 450h! Anyway, the front design is so cool, but the fact that it is a hybrid car, I don’t think that it will be reliable today.

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