Lexus GS450h

15 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Lexus GS450h
Lexus GS450h

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Lovers of all things motoring are not as concerned about environmental as they ought to be – just as you find a tree-hugging hippie  the virtues of their gas guzzling V8 so too are hardened petrolheads unlikely to at the idea of an electrically powered The Lexus GS450h (for seems about to shake up previous (mis)perceptions.

While I say I belong in either of the extreme mentioned above, I am a fan of powerful and I wholeheartedly disrespect how much I use up on a trip and certainly, I’m not often about carbon footprints. But in changing economy and environment, I am a and driving large powerful costs money and uses finite resources.

Which is why Lexus’ GS450h to tick enough boxes to as a very impressive compromise on all Sporting a dual motor (petrol-fuelled and electric) operated by a variable automatic transmission the GS450h is full of surprises. large luxury sedan a fair amount of oomph on the with its 213kW 3.5l V6 engine complemented by a 147kW battery-powered electric motor.

The output of both these is a generous 252kW which is particularly on fast departures – the is instantaneous and powerfully delightful.

Many drivers are disparaging of a CVT but the transmission in the GS450h is seamless and faultless. The transmission performed in Economy mode, where the swops impeccably between and fuel power. With a in stop-start engine system for the engine which has lightning responses as it transfers between sources, you have to get used to in relative silence.

In sport the performance wasn’t quite as with a slight lag detected in the between changes, especially using the gear shift What is fun is watching the tachometer change from an energy tracker to a rev counter.

Lexus GS450h

As a luxury vehicle, Lexus every conceivable comfort. The yet modern and sporty interior is of Lexus elegance with aluminium and wood inserts for your attention. The masses of both front and back both myself and some academic visitors from the who greatly appreciated being around the Cape in style.

adjustable seats, aerated upholstery which allows for heating and cooling of the front and a mesmerising 12-inch multimedia all add to the Lexus’ comfort appeal. small niggles were with changing pre-selected stations and getting Bluetooth on the full up menu but once the quality of the Bluetooth system was in terms of sound and functionality. On the the unique door shape in chrome along with revised spindle grill, and aggressive looking bonnet 18inch wheels in carbon and hulking presence certainly a second look and add to the sense of that the GS450h imparts.

Driving the Lexus GS450h is a The steering is light and responsive for such a large vehicle. The is smooth and the suspension both in and at the back is optimised for comfort losing too much sportiness.

  There is ample power to those of a petrolhead persuasion – even if they forego noise in favour of minimising carbon footprint. The environmentally will love the economy can be attained for such a large – we clocked an average of 8.3l per for mostly town driving, average despite the vehicle’s but I think it could go lower.

For keeping driving to a minimum, a fun and one which would really on consumption figures is the fully vehicle mode that can be at speeds of up to 40km/h. This is for cruising your neighbourhood in silence and saving on fuel in the

In conclusion, I found the GS450h to be extremely pleasant offering Lexus. I loved the sporty, looks so carefully combined an understated elegant power and as far as goes, if this is a taste of the future of motoring is headed, I’m a advocated for all things greener.

The GS450h is available in South from R799 800 with a 100 000km warranty and maintenance

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