On the market for a car that incorporates astounding luxury, incredible power and the subtle looks to conceal all of that until you put your foot down? Look no further than the astonishing Lexus GS450h.
Lexus is a company that designs cars to rival much more expensive and luxurious competitors. At the same time, the company focuses the styling of its vehicles more on the subtle side, as if aiming to provide a wow factor the instant you get behind the steering wheel. If that wasn’t enough, they’re also very keen on hybrid power, which is what makes the Lexus GS450h such an astonishing car. If you’re keen to know more about this pretty amazing vehicle, keep reading.
Intelligent & Environmentally Conscious Power
If you were to take a closer look under the GS450h’s hood, you’d find a Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) powertrain. In other words, this Lexus combines a 3.5-litre V6 engine with a high-torque electric motor in order to deliver 335 horsepower at 6,200 rpm. That might not sound particularly impressive at first, but then you realize that’s the same kind of performance you’d get from a 4.5-litre V8. Thanks to another combination of abbreviations like ETCS-i (Lexus Electronic Control System with intelligence) and ECVT (electronically-controlled Continuously Variable Transmission), the GS450h goes from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in less than six seconds. Not impressed yet? Here’s some more stats: it does so with compact sedan fuel economy and a SULEV (Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle) emissions rating. How’s that for ingenuity?
Feels Right at Home in Beast-Mode
If you’re so inclined, you’re able to push the hybrid power of the GS450h to its performance limits while feeling totally relaxed. The anti-lock braking system includes brake assist and electronic brake force distribution, while the electric power steering features variable gear ratio steering. When talking about systems that serve to enable fun inside this car, both of the previously mentioned are further enhanced thanks to the Lexus Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system. This nifty little thing makes automatic, subtle adjustments to steering and acceleration to enable the driver to explore the GS450h’s limits while maintaining complete control. You’ll also get traction control, hill-start assist and vehicle stability control, not to mention the active height control systems and stabilizers present in the multi-link control arm rear suspension and double wishbone front suspension.
Loaded Beyond All Reason
If you’re looking for an additional reason why the GS450h is classified as a luxury car, you’ll find more than plenty of them in the list of the car’s standard features alone. Add to that optional upgrades and it becomes clear that this car was envisioned as a mansion on wheels. Some of its features include Bluetooth, a 14-speaker Mark Levinson audio system with AM/FM/cassette and compact disc DVD autochanger and steering wheel controls, power telescoping steering wheel with auto tilt and memory, power windows with auto-up/down function for all positions, push button start, dual illuminated vanity mirrors and plenty more.
A True Joy to Drive and Own
The Lexus GS450h is a car that set a new standard when it first saw light of day. There were many reasons for this, most notably comfort, safety, performance, clean exterior lines, sculpted form, leather and wood interior trim, attention to detail and more. If you’re on the market for a car that offers all of this and still manages to provide the fuel economy of a much cheaper and lesser powered sedan, the only real option you have is the GS450h.