The Japanese luxury automaker Lexus is planning on unveiling the 2010 LS600h, in both standard and extended wheelbase version at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The luxury hybrid LS600h features a new four bar grille and restyled front bumper with redesigned air intakes and foglamps. The headlamps have a new running light design and are finished in Lexus hybrid blue, giving the car a distinctive appearance befitting its flagship status.

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The Lexus Hybrid Drive system has been revised to meet Euro V exhaust emissions standards, but with no change to the car’s performance: the combination of the 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine and 165kW electric motor produces a maximum 439bhp and 520Nm of torque, giving nought to 62mph acceleration in 6.3 seconds.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

The 2010 Lexus LS 600h, the full hybrid Lexus flagship, gains a range of technological and styling improvements for the 2010 model year, changes that have been unveiled for the first time at the Frankfurt motor show.

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With redesigned seating, updated equipment, a new ECO driving mode and new brakes, the 2010 Lexus LS 600h and the long wheelbase 2010 Lexus LS 600h L achieve advances in comfort and driving dynamics.

Lexus Hybrid Drive system

The full hybrid Lexus Hybrid Drive system that powers the 2010 Lexus LS 600h has a new ECO mode, which modifies the throttle action and performance of the air conditioning system to support fuel-efficient driving.

The relationship between movement of the accelerator pedal and system output is automatically controlled, reducing response to aggressive inputs to improve fuel economy and promote smoother driving. The load on the engine is also reduced under acceleration, which also helps improve fuel efficiency.

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When the outside temperature is 20°C or higher, the air conditioning system automatically selects its air recirculation mode to reduce power consumption. The blower airflow is reduced when set to “high” and operation of the supplementary electrical heating system (the PTcompact heater) is stopped, further cutting the amount of power used. Also, the system will not signal for an increase in engine speed to boost power when the vehicle is at idle.

Repackaging of the full hybrid system’s battery into two sections of six and 14 modules has reduced its overall size and freed up more luggage space in the boot.

Further development of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system has been revised to meet Euro V exhaust emissions standards, but with no change to the car’s performance: the combination of the 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine and 165kW electric motor produces a maximum 439bhp and 520Nm of torque, giving nought to 62mph acceleration in

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6.3 seconds. CO2 emissions are 219g/km and combined cycle fuel economy remains 30.4mpg (figures provisional prior to UK homologation).

New brakes

The 2010 Lexus LS 600h is newly equipped with larger, 380mm ventilated front disc brakes with six-piston callipers, rotors and pads developed jointly with specialist manufacturer Brembo. The pads are designed for quieter performance with less vibration and give fade-free high-speed stopping power.

Exterior styling

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The revised model is distinguished visually by a new four-bar grille and front bumper with redesigned air intakes and foglamps. The headlamps have a new running light design and are finished in Lexus hybrid blue, giving the car a distinctive appearance befitting its flagship status.

In profile, the car has a new one-piece rocker moulding and new door mirrors that incorporate twin LED turn signals and puddle lamps, with chrome highlights.

Further new details include a lower bumper design with vertical fins to smooth the airflow from beneath the car. The range of exterior colours has been increased, with Mesa Red, Vanilla Mist, Richmond Green and Atlantic Blue newly available, together with the hybrid-exclusive Crystal Sapphire. The paint has a new Self-restoring Coat treatment that helps maintain a superb finish over the vehicle’s lifetime.

Interior features

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In the cabin the instrument binnacle has been revised to include a new full colour, TFT LCD display. A new meter design features a three-ring analogue dial with a central speedometer, a tachometer and coolant temperature gauge to the left, and a fuel gauge and hybrid system indicator to the right. A display

in the centre of the speedometer can be customised to display vehicle information, turn-by-turn navigation instructions and hybrid system status.

The upper air vents have been set apart from the instrumentation on the centre console, giving the dashboard a strong horizontal emphasis. The EMV multi-display touch screen has large switches and rearranged layout for the audio controls. The audio switch is now made of aluminium, adding to the premium feel and quality of the design.

The range of interior colour and trim combinations includes a new light grey semi-aniline leather upholstery.

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New seating features

Both front seats are equipped with new, inflator operated active headrests. Activated by a signal from the airbag ECU in the event of a rear impact, the inflator slides a piston into the headrest, unlocking a mechanism that projects the headrest forwards and upwards, reducing the risk of whiplash injury.

The driver’s seat also has a new return/away function. Linked to a similar function that moves the steering wheel, this automatically slides the seat back by up to 50mm when the driver unbuckles the seatbelt and turns the engine off. The seat returns to its selected driving position once the car is started again.

For the new model year the 2010 Lexus LS 600h is available with the Lexus Rear Seat Relaxation Pack for the first time in conjunction with a five-seat configuration.

The premium seat arrangement has a 40:20:40 design with an upper seatback reclining mechanism, fully retractable leg and footrest and lower back massage function, all operated using a remote controller. It also offers different levels of massage using an array of eight pneumatic chambers built into the seatback, and lumbar and shoulder areas.

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The horizontal suspension position of the rear seat has been moved forwards 45mm to improve fit around the hips and the shape of the seat surface over the outer edges has been plumped up by around 10mm for better support.

The centre armrest has been redesigned too, fitted with a sliding lid and housing controls for the seats, earphone jack points and the remote control for the relaxation system. The seats have integral side airbags and the seat behind the front passenger in the Rear Seat Relaxation Pack has a seat cushion airbag to give the occupant extra restraint below the hips in the event of a collision.

Models fitted with the Rear Seat Relaxation Pack also offer an extra 40mm in the forward sliding range of the front passenger seat. Operated in conjunction with the retractable leg and foot rest, this allows the seat to be moved to its full front or return position using a switch in the rear centre armrest, or on the shoulder of the seat itself. When the front set is moved to its furthest forward position, its headrest is automatically retracted to give a clearer view from the rear.

Reducing the size of the rear air conditioning unit has increased boot capacity by approximately 35 litres.

New Lexus Navigation System

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In common with its sister Lexus models, the 2010 Lexus LS 600h is adopting a new hard disc drive (HDD) navigation system with the 40GB capacity, giving Europe-wide coverage with traffic information data capture in each country.

The 19-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System fitted as standard in the 2010 Lexus LS 600h gives 7.1-channel surround sound on selected CDs and DVDs. It is now DAB ready (DAB audio will be available as a centre-fitted accessory) and provides USB and audio jack plug connection for fully controlled use of portable music players, and Bluetooth with an audio streaming function.

It also provides a new “sound library” function, using the navigation system’s HDD to transfer and store music files from CD up to 10GB capacity – the equivalent of about 2,000 music tracks.

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Automatic high beam system

The revised 2010 Lexus LS 600h features a new, automatic high beam system. A camera sensor in the rear view mirror detects oncoming traffic, street lamps and vehicles travelling ahead and automatically switches the headlamp high beam on and off according to driving conditions.

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  (814) posted on 03.10.2010

it’s just a re badged toyota camry, plus they replace the camry’s headlamp with projector lamps to make it looks different from camry.

BMWM6  (486) posted on 09.22.2009

Also I would like some of you to read this article even though it may seem biased since its on BMWBLOG

http:// www. bmwblog. com /2008 /09 /28 / the- lexus- ls- and- the-2009- bmw-7/

just take out the spaces in between

BMWM6  (486) posted on 09.22.2009

on a conducted test, model not specified it cost lexus owners $974 to mantain for the first 4 years while BMW benifits from free service plan
the results
Acura $970
Audi $967
BMW $ 0
Cadillac $744
Infiniti $ 649
Jaguar $ 1112
Lexus $974
Lincoln $ 922
Mercedes $ 1086
Saab $385
Volvo $918

BMWM6  (1022) posted on 09.22.2009

You are abosolutely right M6. THe M3 is superior in terms of ride and performance. I just prefer the IS-F because it was a first attempt by Lexus while BMW has been honing down the M3 series to the near perfect car that it is. Not bad for a first attempt, I’d say if it falls short only in terms of ride quality.

And yeah, the M3s sound is on another level. Nothing can beat the sensation produced by a high revving engine like the ones Honda and BMW make.

BMWM6  (486) posted on 09.22.2009

also somehow BMW sales have finally overcome lexus’
probably because of BMWS free service plan

BMWM6  (486) posted on 09.22.2009

well sorry now I understand your talking about segments

The IS-F is indeed a great car but as a fan id take the M3
not trying to sound snobbish here but the m3 has been favored over the IS-F by many journalist

also alot of bmws are worthy of competition
7 series
although pricey 1 series and luxury/Performance SUVS

I understand the m6 wasnt close to the porsch turbo or GTR but the 6 series was good in its class

and Ak have you heard the M3s sound?

a quick mention is I find it funny how in some reviews the M3 beats the GT-R and the porsch turbo, I greatly disagree but I would always enjoy rwd over 4wd/awd

BMWM6  (868) posted on 09.22.2009

I’m 99% sure that I’d buy the IS-F also, but I would CONSIDER an M3, as it’s at least worthy of comparison, unlike any other BMW.

BMWM6  (1022) posted on 09.22.2009

I would take an IS-F over the M3 without hesitation. I like the M3 but IS-F looks and sounds unique which is something that cannot be said about every Lexus.

If you are talking about unmatched luxury, then yes, the LS may be the best car out there.

BMWM6  (868) posted on 09.21.2009

The only case where I would ever even consider buying a BMW instead of a Lexus is between an IS-F and an M3.

BMWM6  (868) posted on 09.21.2009

"Top speed," for which you said the Veyron, is not an over-all car segment, it’s a record. "Supercar" would be an all-around vehicle segment, and no car does it best. Some are faster, some handle better, ect. With the LS, it’s the quietest non-electric car ever built, is the smoothest riding car ever built, has the most rear leg-room of any non-specialty car ever built, it is incredibly safe, has such luxury features as heated, cooled and massaging rear seats and the largest nav screen of any sedan, and promises its owners unparalleled reliability, and no other car dominates its segment (in this case luxury sedan) in so many ways.

BMWM6  (486) posted on 09.21.2009

well than I guess theres a few points you have wrong

straight line speed and topspeed goes to the veyron

track performance will got to the GT-R

to examples of the top of my head that seem to do it best all around in your definition

BMWM6  (868) posted on 09.21.2009

When I said all-around car, I mean the car that’s best at doing what it’s supposed to do. A luxury sedan is designed to get you from point A to point B as fuss-free and luxuriously as possible, and I think that the Lexus LS achieves that purpose better than any other car in the world achieves its respective goal.

BMWM6  (486) posted on 09.21.2009

that is true luxury and reliability are essential but you said all around car and both cars make the cut in terms of luxury but I understand the lexus is more reliable although BMW are pretty reliable now a days

BMWM6  (868) posted on 09.21.2009

I think that luxury and reliability are more important than handling when it comes to luxury cars, but suit yourselves. I’m just saying that I personally would rather own an LS than a 7-series.

BMWM6  (486) posted on 09.21.2009

I never said it lacks performance I just said its not as good as the 7 series performance

and ak yes your right the IS-F is one crazy car I really find it nice

BMWM6  (7) posted on 09.21.2009

ok cool dudet and nice car

BMWM6  (1) posted on 09.21.2009

ok cool i am new on top speed send me a message

BMWM6  (1022) posted on 09.21.2009

As M6 said, the BMW would be a better choice for the enthusiast. You might get the air suspension from Lexus but there are other factors that come in play, like the steering feel, brake bite, body roll and one of the few faults most Lexus’ have is their traction control which is never fully defeatble and can interrupt at the wrong moments.

If I wanted to go cross country without any hassle, I would take the Lexus LS. For performance driving however, I would take a BMW.

Now if I were to choose between an M3 and the IS-F, that would be a different story.....

The IS-F is prove that Lexus can engineer a performance luxury car if they set their minds on it.

BMWM6  (868) posted on 09.20.2009

I fail to see how a 3-ton sedan with luxury features comparable to a Bentley or Rolls that can hit 60 mph in 5.5 and still get 27 miles to a gallon is lacking in performance.

BMWM6  (486) posted on 09.20.2009

u also mentioned performance characteristics

thats is needed for an all around good car

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