Lexus GS450h F-Sport review

24 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Lexus GS450h F-Sport review

We’ve driven the new Lexus GS450h F-Sport, is claimed to use its petrol electric to deliver near diesel

What is it?

Believe it or not, looking at the fourth generation of mid-sized GS; a car whose predecessors played perpetual underdog to the BMW and Mercedes E-Class. So, the big question is, can the new car its slashy styling) get any closer to the pack?

We drove the range-topping GS450h hybrid, which combines a 3.5-litre V6 engine with from a 39kW electric Although prices haven’t confirmed it will cost the £50,000 mark. A basic GS 250 will also be available the car goes on sale in the UK next

Technical highlights?

Where to As always, the Lexus is absolutely with tech. The powertrain is familiar, in principle at least, the petrol/ electric power by a CVT gearbox and delivered to the rear The engine uses an Atkinson effectively over-compressing the mixture to economy.

As before, the car can also operate for periods, and at low speeds, in pure mode.

F-Sport trim brings the option of a ‘dynamic package that incorporates ratio steering with assistance and active rear-wheel This uses an electric ‘rack’ to turn the rear in the opposite direction to the front at low speeds, and in the same direction at speeds.

Other kit includes active from collision avoidance to a view system plus a wide LCD dashboard display that’s claimed to be the biggest fitted to a production car.

it like to drive?

It starts off with the low-down boost of the motor giving strong acceleration. We drove cars with and without the dynamic package, and the rear-wheel steering sharpens cornering responses, at low speeds. But although the GS450h keener than its predecessors, no sports saloon throttle is depending on how kind you’re – either leisurely or and the CVT gearbox responds to requests for acceleration with the usual of a (muted) food blender on speed.

Lexus GS450h

On the plus side, it’s at wafting with air suspension and noise insulation making it a relaxing place to spend

How does it compare?

Lexus acknowledges that its to offer a diesel engine affect sales in Europe. The relatively modest ambitions are to 2500 a year in the UK a fraction of BMW, Merc, Audi and manage with their models. The official line is the GS 450h’s combination of combined economy and CO2 emissions of 137g/km it to be fairly compared to big-engined rivals, although we’ll to drive the car properly in the UK to see how close it can get to its mpg something hybrids always to do.

Set to be more expensive than like the BMW 535D M-Sport with more standard kit the looks set to have what be termed an ‘exclusive appeal’.

else I should know?

The battery pack has been to live between the boot and the seats, increasing luggage by 60 percent compared to the previous-gen

Lexus GS450h
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