|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2013 Lexus LS 600h L
|Hybrid||5.0L V8 + Elec||AWD||CVT||6.3 sec||14.7 sec @ 100 mph||19/23/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
2011 Lexus LS 600h L
|Hybrid||5.0L V8 + Elec||AWD||CVT||5.8 sec||14.2 sec @ 101.3 mph||19/23/20 mpg||Motor Trend|
2008 Lexus LS 600h L
|Hybrid||5.0L V8 + Elec||AWD||CVT||5.4 sec||13.8 sec @ 106 mph||20/22/20 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Hybrid||5.0L V8 + Elec||AWD||CVT||5.5 sec||14.0 sec @ 102.7 mph||20/22/19 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Hybrid||5.0L V8 + Elec||AWD||CVT||5.4 sec||13.8 sec @ 105.1 mph||20/22/20.8 mpg||Road & Track|
About Lexus LS 600h
Launched in 1989, the LS series of Lexus is arguably the most prestigious in the line-up of the luxury car maker. In fact, the sedan singlehandedly made Lexus what it is today. The entry-level LS 460 is well-loved for its ample cabin space, luxurious trimmings, and smooth ride.
Eventually, Lexus made a hybrid car—the LS 600h L, that is at the top of the LS series range to satisfy the demands of motorists particularly those who want a powerful yet fuel-efficient cruiser. The all-wheel drive hybrid returns with its latest model that puts much emphasis on performance and fuel economy.
What makes the LS 600h L special? A look at its specs can give you an idea:
- Engine: V8 type with 5 liter displacement and 438 horsepower
- 0 to 60 mph: 6.3 seconds
- Top speed: 130 miles per hour
- Dimensions: 205 inches long, 73.8 inches wide, 58.3 inches tall, wheelbase of 121.7 inches
- Fuel economy: 19 mpg for city driving, 23 for highway driving
The LS 600h L is powered by one of the newest engines of Toyota, combining power and smoothness for its vehicles. The engine has 32 valves, durable timing chains, quad camshafts, and variable valve timing. It can churn out 438 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.
But if you are familiar with the engines of other luxury sedans, you’ll know that the horsepower generated by this engine pales in comparison with those of its German counterparts. Most of the German luxury sedans have more than 500 horsepower, such as the BMW 7-series that boasts of 535 horsepower.
Like the hybrid cars of Toyota, the LS 600h L uses an electronic continuously variable transmission to combine power generated by the gasoline and electric motors. The eCVT transfers the power to all four wheels, optimizing the powertrain for improved fuel economy.
As such, the LS 600h L has fuel efficiency ratings of 19 miles per gallon when roaming the city streets and 23 when on the highway. That is quite an improvement from the 16 and 23 of the standard LS 460. Still, the increase in fuel efficiency ratings may sound minuscule to most seasoned motorists.
There are five different drive modes available in the LS 600h L. These are Normal, Comfort, Eco, Sport, and Sport Plus. Regardless of the mode you select, you can always count on the LS 600h L delivering a comfortable ride. The Sport and Sport Plus modes however are more responsive compared to the three other modes.
Inside the cabin, you’ll get the feeling that Lexus did not scrimp on the materials it used for the LS 600. The steering wheel is part-leather and part-bamboo, with the leather parts heated for extra comfort particularly on cold days. The driver’s seat is adjustable, while the front seat has 12-way adjustments for enough lumbar support.
The interiors are smartly laid out and features excellent ergonomics. There are different trim options for the LS 600h L, and it boasts of a four-zone climate concierge that automatically monitors temperature and adjusts the ventilation system. Through this feature, passengers can customize the temperature accordingly with a simple push of a button.
In terms of technology, it has a 12-inch high resolution multimedia display that users can access for infotainment, from maps to audio control. It has a voice-activated Navigation system capable of recognizing more than 100 voice commands.
There’s also the Lexus Enform Remote mobile application that motorists can use to remotely start the engine, lock doors, check windows and doors, fuel level, and even determine the location of the car in a parking lot. It can also enable owners to learn whenever the car is exceeding a mile limit should they have another driver use the car on the road.
The LS 600h L is equipped with Lexus’ patented smart stop technology that automatically reduces engine power whenever it detects that the driver is pressing down on the brake pedal.
Another impressive safety feature is the Pre-Collision system that detects an incoming frontal collision and subsequently increases braking power and retracts front seat belts.
The LS 600hL is not just a more fuel efficient version of the LS 460, the flagship sedan of Lexus. Although the fuel efficiency numbers (19/23 mpg) are not really something to write home about, the LS 600h L significantly improves the performance of the flagship sedan in terms of power and acceleration.
The interiors stand out with its impressive layout and outstanding materials, and once you get inside the car you’ll know why this is a very expensive car.
Of course, you should expect to pay a hefty price for such product. The LS 600h L commands a price in the $120,000 range, which is almost double the price of the LS 460.
To learn more about Lexus LS 600h L, visit the official Lexus website.
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