Test Drive: 2013 Lexus GS450h F-Sport Hybrid

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Lexus GS450h

Test Drive: 2013 GS450h F-Sport Hybrid

for the first time in 1991, the work of the latest GS model L10) begun in the summer of and in August 2011, the Japanese unveiled the fourth generation GS the Pebble Beach Concours in California.

We’ve seen and the old GS, the 2011 model, and let me tell you it a bad car (basically it was the first rear-drive vehicle) – but the new one is completely different – in almost every aspect. It has the length as the previous one, but the model is wider (+20mm ) and is 14 per more rigid according to the automaker (due to an increased of spot and laser welds).

engineers took the 3.5-liter, and direct-injected V-6 engine rated at 286 hp @ rpm increased the compression ratio 10.5:1 to 13.0:1, and adapted it to run on the combustion cycle (sounds in terms of efficiency but the downside is it has a narrower power band – not a problem when you have a power source on-board). On the time, because this is the version of the GS – the petrol is mated to a water-cooled electric motor by a high performance 240 cells hydride battery pack.

The result – 338 hp (253 kW).

is it like? With a top speed of and 0-62mph in 5.9sec this is

Some say the system is complicated, say it is not. But the way they succeeded to these thee components – the engine, the electric motor and the CVT is just fantastic. You get into the push the brake pedal and the start button. If the car has enough in the batteries the petrol will not

Otherwise, the petrol will quickly but inside you’ll almost nothing – no noise, no no nothing. The same happens on the for example when you push the pedal. Basically the car shuts the and the kinetic energy produced is and converted into electricity all hybrids do this).

But again almost impossible to feel the when the car disconnects the petrol or the petrol kicks in to help you

The GS450h has been criticized for a continuously variable automatic transmission. To be honest, it’s From the perspective of a real that gets the car with the package, the ECVT transmission may be

But those paddles really and if you move to manual – it may get very as the gearbox changes almost

Suspension, handling, breaking

The rear-wheel steering can add up to two degrees of to the rear wheels. The result is

The F Sport is packed full of tech including adaptive suspension, Lexus Dynamic (rear steering), a variable-ratio rack and electric power

The result? One of the best vehicles ever driven in terms of and joy to drive. Basically the car invites the to just push the pedal it gives that “safety” and to feel that in almost any you can steer, brake, accelerate or do you want without being in the area.

Even if you are in normal mode the car perfect on the road – but moving the to Sport + the steering and the suspension extremely sharp. This, with rear-wheel-steering, but in the way Lexus (rear wheels steer in the opposite direction to the fronts 50mph for that nimble and in the same direction at higher for stability) makes the car extremely at almost any speeds and conditions. It matter if you are speeding, and you are into a with a lot of bumps – this car stay glued to the road no matter how challenging the conditions.

At the time, what’s equally is how they succeeded to combine with the elegance of a smooth that you expect from a luxury sedan. So even if the car with 19-inch wheels, the Variable Suspension (AVS) electronically modulated damping a great job and when you are in normal on a bumpy road for example – you have no problem with neck; it is a very relaxing car to both around town and on the a pre-requisite for most GS 450h

In terms of braking, because is a hybrid and of course it will some of the energy wasted, you may that un-natural pedal Lexus engineers managed to this issue; the pedal have that “on-off” when you are going slowly. is still only one little here: still there is an initial tip-in – but only

Fuel consumption

According to the the GS450h is capable of 41 mpg U.S. L/100Km). On the highway we managed to 5,8 L/100Km, with almost all off.

Turning on the AC, LED headlights, ventilation and the Mark Levinson system, from Milan to with the Adaptive Cruse set at a maximum speed of 130 km/h the car an impressive 6,3 L/100km.

Lexus GS450h

Top Safety from IIHS and 5 Stars EuroNcap. Adaptive Front-lighting Driver and front passenger airbag, Front and rear airbag, Tire pressure system, Vehicle Dynamics Management (VDIM) system and manages ECB, ABS, BA,

VSC and Electric Power Steering backup camera, pre-collision … all standard. The F Sport gets a safety system including an active cruise control that will bring the car to a

Therefore … expect the best.

and gadgets

Compared to the old model, the model is completely different. It reach and feels luxurious. The are soft and comfortable, then the vehicle capable handling the seat is great and the lateral is perfect.

The front seats in the are bucket seats with adjustment for the driver and 10-way for the Heating and cooling are included as

The Navigation Screen? only resolution graphics #8211; more advanced than you’re used to seeing on a navigation display

Regarding the and the LCD multimedia screen, the GS comes one of the largest screens we’ve seen. 12.3inch (yes has a 17-inch screen we know). smartly made their like remote touch standard in the GS, thereby minimizing the of buttons that might fill the dash.

It works great but you have to get to it because at the beginning you may thing it is too – or too heavy when is over a The voice command system is a listener – but sometimes you have to too long until it ends what you have to pronounce.


The battery pack is now rather than laid in the rear. The result #8211; room is up by nearly 3 cubic With a total of 13.2 feet (up from 10.6 on the old is almost two cubic feet than what’s available in the GS closest rival, the Infiniti

More interesting is the size of the is the sheer size of the trunk which makes loading extremely easy.

Lexus GS450h
Lexus GS450h
Lexus GS450h
Lexus GS450h
Lexus GS450h
Lexus GS450h
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