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2013 Lexus LS 600h L Hybrid Review & Driving Impressions 7
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, hybrid, LEXUS, Lexus LS600h, Test Drives on 08 7th, 2013
2013-lexus-ls600hl

2013-lexus-ls600hl

What if there was a way to reverse the effects of aging and we all naturally became better, more intelligent and refined year after year? Basically, the dream of getting better with age much like a fine wine seldom happens unless we are talking about a vehicle like the all-new Lexus LS.

The all-new 2013 Lexus LS 600h L Hybrid, the pinnacle of Japanese luxury, is a masterful feat that I was able to experience on a pleasurable drive from Jacksonville to Miami, Florida.

In 1989 the Lexus LS set its sights on redefining the automotive luxury segment in America by competing with the big dogs from Germany. With year-after-year runs of successful pursuits of perfection, Lexus now considers its perfection an ongoing expectation in the brand and the newest LS is evident of that as it plays alongside of its German competitors with a slightly different approach.

2013-lexus-ls600hl-side

The new Lexus LS 600h L Hybrid is the top-level trim for the LS, which is only available in a long-wheelbase variation. The new 2013 Lexus LS 600h L builds upon the LS460’s long wheelbase trim level including many standard features and the most powerful drivetrain for the large luxury sedan. The LS 600h L is powered by an exclusive 5.0-liter DOHC V8 engine (only available on the LS 600h L) and pair of electric motors all mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission. The mesh of its powertrain comes together to produce a total output of 438 horsepower and 385 ft-lbs of torque for all 4 wheels. The advanced all-wheel-drive system is a seamless wonder as is the hybrid powertrain deliverers what seems to be near V12 oomph with the smoothness of a baby’s bottom.

2013-lexus-ls600hl-engine

Toyota’s synergy drive hybrid systems remain to be among the best in the business with the latest iterations of the powertrains operating no different than any well-balanced and vibration-free gasoline engine. After-all, Toyota introduce America to the hybrid world, and continues to pioneer the segment. For the new Lexus LS 600h L the performance output from its hybrid setup is surprisingly transparent to the driver. With the expectations of a CVT transmission to traditionally sap the grunt out of most vehicles, it shockingly works well in the LS 600h L. There is hardly any time that the transmission gives away those expected negative connotations and traits of what us enthusiasts have experienced with most CVTs. With the Lexus LS 600h L being one of the most powerful vehicles equipped with a CVT transmission, the transition of the pulleys never really become a nuisance. In other words, the robust amount of power available across the full RPM band in conjunction with the electric motor’s instant torque gives off the impression of a normal transmission with actual gears instead of a steadily adjusting pulley landing the rpms in a comatose state while you wait for acceleration to take place.

Even though the LS 600h L is without doubt a hybrid, it still uses copious amounts of premium fuel when the 400-plus ponies are put down to the pavement on long hauls. Though, during my 300-mile highway drive I saw a steady 25.4 mpg average figure surpassing the EPA estimated 23 mpg highway figure. Around the city in the LS 600h L the EPA estimates 19 mpg, which I was able to best with 21 mpg and an astonishing 27 mpg in heavy traffic. Though, I will admit to having an aggressive mental conception on how to keep the vehicle in EV mode for as long as I could. Basically, I was hypermilling a total of about 14 miles out of 20 total miles to get that figure. The powertrain, much like other Toyota and Lexus hybrid systems, will find times where it utilizes electric power exclusively all the way up to 45 mph. Most times this is accomplished on a level strip of road or a slightly downhill grade considering the weight of the LS hybrid.

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The electric motors, aside from aiding in propulsion, act as the engine starter and an active generator to recoup energy with regenerative braking. The pair of electric motors are quite robust as they are responsible for making up the gap of the V8 engine’s 383 horsepower to reach a total of 438 horsepower.

The power surges on strong in the LS 600h L making a dash to 60mph in just 5.5 seconds. The Lexus-trait Drive Select Mode switch gives you the option of selecting a Sport mode, Comfort mode, Eco mode and Normal mode. Each of the settings change a set of perimeters of the vehicle, such as the throttle sensitivity, damper stiffness, steering effort and hybrid drivetrain mapping. You can expect Comfort mode to be a mix of economy and a soft setting for the suspension dampers. Sport mode adds an aggressive deceleration mapping for when you let off of the throttle through the regenerative braking while steering wheel effort increases and throttle response is advanced. A Sport+ mode puts the dampers into an aggressive setting but still proves to emanate a rather smooth ride with a bit less body roll.

2013-lexus-ls600hl-drive-2

Of course with the LS 600h L tipping the scale at a hefty 5,159 pounds, things tend to get a bit dicey with the body motion in any Drive Select Mode. The LS 600h L isn’t overly sloppy handling the robust power in a straight line; however, it does tend to wallow around like a whale at the slightest turn of the steering wheel when you power out of the hole. The adaptive air suspension system does its best to keep the massive amount of weight at bay but somewhat falters under extreme stress of lateral g-forces. What the suspension does do good in, and I mean really good, is provide all of its 4 passengers with a supple ride accompanied by active dampening that basically reads the road to limit unnecessary bounce or rebounds on just about any paved surface all the way up to trip-digit speeds. It is like you are riding on air, which in a way you are… literally.

2013-lexus-ls600hl-dashboard

The suppleness of the Lexus LS 600h L doesn’t stop with its adaptive air suspension system, it is clearly emitted throughout its plush cabin. Inside of the new Lexus LS 600h L is an estate setup cabin with room for only 4 passengers. Although it may seem like a waste of space, the 4-passenger setup is ideal for a worthy owner to get ushered around in style. The rear passenger side seating laces the occupant in a serenity and his/her’s own controls for ac/heat, ventilated/heated seating, radio controls, and full seat controls featuring reclining, power ottoman and a seat massager to rival expensive shiatsu setups at your local furniture store. To add insult to injury for those who have never experienced pure luxury on four wheels, bamboo trim throughout the cabin set the soft tranquil mood. Lexus didn’t hold back with the bamboo trim either, you will find it throughout the dashboard, door trim, center and rear console and even inset in the rear swivel and stow-way tray table. To put the icing on the decadent cake, my LS 600h L test vehicle was equipped with a Blue ray/DVD player and roof-mounted high-resolution screen. The system has the option to feed sound to a set of wireless headsets or the 19-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound stereo system. Toting around a couple of friends in the back who were watching the movie Casino Royal when the Aston Martin DBS meets its demise, played havoc on my abilities to focus on the road but at the same time captivated their audible senses to the point of utter astonishment.

2013-lexus-ls600hl-rear-seat-ottoman

To put things in context, the LS 600h L isn’t exactly a vehicle for those looking to get anything near Prius fuel consumption numbers. Nevertheless, the all-new 2013 Lexus LS 600h L is a luxury-appointed land yacht to get you where you need to go with discreet style on the outside yet allows you to sink into the lap of luxury on the inside. It just so happens that the LS 600h L is a hybrid by design but that is just the bonus aspect of such a vehicle, as buyers won’t be merely seeking fuel savings per se. They will, however, seek the serene isolation from the road and outside world in one of the quietest cabins on the automotive market today in a vehicle that uses gasoline and enough high-tech eco-friendly gadgetry to remain in good standing with your environmentally engaged friends.

2013-lexus-ls600hl-rear-center-console

My 2013 Lexus LS 600h L hybrid was loaded up with the Executive package but still had room for the optional pre-collision system and heads-up display. The 2013 Lexus LS 600h L starts at a base price of $119,910. My tester checked out at $128,610 including an $895 destination charge. The price tag is a hard pill to swallow for some venturing into Lexus’ best luxury foot forward. If the BMW 7 series Active Hybrid, Porsche Panamera Hybrid or Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid is on your list for potential ownership, then the Lexus LS 600h L should get a last-minute write-in before making any hasty decisions.

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Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: MSRP LS 600h L $119,910 / As-Tested $128,610
  • Engine: 5.0 liter DOHC, all-aluminum V8 with Dual VVT / Electric – 2-Motor Voltage-650-DC – Nominal Voltage-288-volts- 221 horsepower – Total output = 438 horsepower
  • Wheelbase: 121.7 inches
  • Overall length: 205 inches
  • Overall height: 58.3 inches
  • Overall width: 73.8 inches
  • Track: f/r-63.6/63.4 inches
  • Ground clearance: 5.1 inches
  • Headroom: f/r-38/38 inches
  • Cargo volume: 13 cu.ft.
  • Curb weight: 5,159 lbs.
  • Fuel tank: 22.2 gallons
  • Turing circle: 38.8 ft.
  • 0-60 mph: 5.5 seconds


2013 Lexus LS 600h L Hybrid Review & Driving Impressions 7
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, hybrid, LEXUS, Lexus LS600h, Test Drives on 08 7th, 2013
2013-lexus-ls600hl

2013-lexus-ls600hl

What if there was a way to reverse the effects of aging and we all naturally became better, more intelligent and refined year after year? Basically, the dream of getting better with age much like a fine wine seldom happens unless we are talking about a vehicle like the all-new Lexus LS.

The all-new 2013 Lexus LS 600h L Hybrid, the pinnacle of Japanese luxury, is a masterful feat that I was able to experience on a pleasurable drive from Jacksonville to Miami, Florida.

In 1989 the Lexus LS set its sights on redefining the automotive luxury segment in America by competing with the big dogs from Germany. With year-after-year runs of successful pursuits of perfection, Lexus now considers its perfection an ongoing expectation in the brand and the newest LS is evident of that as it plays alongside of its German competitors with a slightly different approach.

2013-lexus-ls600hl-side

The new Lexus LS 600h L Hybrid is the top-level trim for the LS, which is only available in a long-wheelbase variation. The new 2013 Lexus LS 600h L builds upon the LS460’s long wheelbase trim level including many standard features and the most powerful drivetrain for the large luxury sedan. The LS 600h L is powered by an exclusive 5.0-liter DOHC V8 engine (only available on the LS 600h L) and pair of electric motors all mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission. The mesh of its powertrain comes together to produce a total output of 438 horsepower and 385 ft-lbs of torque for all 4 wheels. The advanced all-wheel-drive system is a seamless wonder as is the hybrid powertrain deliverers what seems to be near V12 oomph with the smoothness of a baby’s bottom.

2013-lexus-ls600hl-engine

Toyota’s synergy drive hybrid systems remain to be among the best in the business with the latest iterations of the powertrains operating no different than any well-balanced and vibration-free gasoline engine. After-all, Toyota introduce America to the hybrid world, and continues to pioneer the segment. For the new Lexus LS 600h L the performance output from its hybrid setup is surprisingly transparent to the driver. With the expectations of a CVT transmission to traditionally sap the grunt out of most vehicles, it shockingly works well in the LS 600h L. There is hardly any time that the transmission gives away those expected negative connotations and traits of what us enthusiasts have experienced with most CVTs. With the Lexus LS 600h L being one of the most powerful vehicles equipped with a CVT transmission, the transition of the pulleys never really become a nuisance. In other words, the robust amount of power available across the full RPM band in conjunction with the electric motor’s instant torque gives off the impression of a normal transmission with actual gears instead of a steadily adjusting pulley landing the rpms in a comatose state while you wait for acceleration to take place.

Even though the LS 600h L is without doubt a hybrid, it still uses copious amounts of premium fuel when the 400-plus ponies are put down to the pavement on long hauls. Though, during my 300-mile highway drive I saw a steady 25.4 mpg average figure surpassing the EPA estimated 23 mpg highway figure. Around the city in the LS 600h L the EPA estimates 19 mpg, which I was able to best with 21 mpg and an astonishing 27 mpg in heavy traffic. Though, I will admit to having an aggressive mental conception on how to keep the vehicle in EV mode for as long as I could. Basically, I was hypermilling a total of about 14 miles out of 20 total miles to get that figure. The powertrain, much like other Toyota and Lexus hybrid systems, will find times where it utilizes electric power exclusively all the way up to 45 mph. Most times this is accomplished on a level strip of road or a slightly downhill grade considering the weight of the LS hybrid.

2013-lexus-ls600hl-drive-1

The electric motors, aside from aiding in propulsion, act as the engine starter and an active generator to recoup energy with regenerative braking. The pair of electric motors are quite robust as they are responsible for making up the gap of the V8 engine’s 383 horsepower to reach a total of 438 horsepower.

The power surges on strong in the LS 600h L making a dash to 60mph in just 5.5 seconds. The Lexus-trait Drive Select Mode switch gives you the option of selecting a Sport mode, Comfort mode, Eco mode and Normal mode. Each of the settings change a set of perimeters of the vehicle, such as the throttle sensitivity, damper stiffness, steering effort and hybrid drivetrain mapping. You can expect Comfort mode to be a mix of economy and a soft setting for the suspension dampers. Sport mode adds an aggressive deceleration mapping for when you let off of the throttle through the regenerative braking while steering wheel effort increases and throttle response is advanced. A Sport+ mode puts the dampers into an aggressive setting but still proves to emanate a rather smooth ride with a bit less body roll.

2013-lexus-ls600hl-drive-2

Of course with the LS 600h L tipping the scale at a hefty 5,159 pounds, things tend to get a bit dicey with the body motion in any Drive Select Mode. The LS 600h L isn’t overly sloppy handling the robust power in a straight line; however, it does tend to wallow around like a whale at the slightest turn of the steering wheel when you power out of the hole. The adaptive air suspension system does its best to keep the massive amount of weight at bay but somewhat falters under extreme stress of lateral g-forces. What the suspension does do good in, and I mean really good, is provide all of its 4 passengers with a supple ride accompanied by active dampening that basically reads the road to limit unnecessary bounce or rebounds on just about any paved surface all the way up to trip-digit speeds. It is like you are riding on air, which in a way you are… literally.

2013-lexus-ls600hl-dashboard

The suppleness of the Lexus LS 600h L doesn’t stop with its adaptive air suspension system, it is clearly emitted throughout its plush cabin. Inside of the new Lexus LS 600h L is an estate setup cabin with room for only 4 passengers. Although it may seem like a waste of space, the 4-passenger setup is ideal for a worthy owner to get ushered around in style. The rear passenger side seating laces the occupant in a serenity and his/her’s own controls for ac/heat, ventilated/heated seating, radio controls, and full seat controls featuring reclining, power ottoman and a seat massager to rival expensive shiatsu setups at your local furniture store. To add insult to injury for those who have never experienced pure luxury on four wheels, bamboo trim throughout the cabin set the soft tranquil mood. Lexus didn’t hold back with the bamboo trim either, you will find it throughout the dashboard, door trim, center and rear console and even inset in the rear swivel and stow-way tray table. To put the icing on the decadent cake, my LS 600h L test vehicle was equipped with a Blue ray/DVD player and roof-mounted high-resolution screen. The system has the option to feed sound to a set of wireless headsets or the 19-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound stereo system. Toting around a couple of friends in the back who were watching the movie Casino Royal when the Aston Martin DBS meets its demise, played havoc on my abilities to focus on the road but at the same time captivated their audible senses to the point of utter astonishment.

2013-lexus-ls600hl-rear-seat-ottoman

To put things in context, the LS 600h L isn’t exactly a vehicle for those looking to get anything near Prius fuel consumption numbers. Nevertheless, the all-new 2013 Lexus LS 600h L is a luxury-appointed land yacht to get you where you need to go with discreet style on the outside yet allows you to sink into the lap of luxury on the inside. It just so happens that the LS 600h L is a hybrid by design but that is just the bonus aspect of such a vehicle, as buyers won’t be merely seeking fuel savings per se. They will, however, seek the serene isolation from the road and outside world in one of the quietest cabins on the automotive market today in a vehicle that uses gasoline and enough high-tech eco-friendly gadgetry to remain in good standing with your environmentally engaged friends.

2013-lexus-ls600hl-rear-center-console

My 2013 Lexus LS 600h L hybrid was loaded up with the Executive package but still had room for the optional pre-collision system and heads-up display. The 2013 Lexus LS 600h L starts at a base price of $119,910. My tester checked out at $128,610 including an $895 destination charge. The price tag is a hard pill to swallow for some venturing into Lexus’ best luxury foot forward. If the BMW 7 series Active Hybrid, Porsche Panamera Hybrid or Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid is on your list for potential ownership, then the Lexus LS 600h L should get a last-minute write-in before making any hasty decisions.

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Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: MSRP LS 600h L $119,910 / As-Tested $128,610
  • Engine: 5.0 liter DOHC, all-aluminum V8 with Dual VVT / Electric – 2-Motor Voltage-650-DC – Nominal Voltage-288-volts- 221 horsepower – Total output = 438 horsepower
  • Wheelbase: 121.7 inches
  • Overall length: 205 inches
  • Overall height: 58.3 inches
  • Overall width: 73.8 inches
  • Track: f/r-63.6/63.4 inches
  • Ground clearance: 5.1 inches
  • Headroom: f/r-38/38 inches
  • Cargo volume: 13 cu.ft.
  • Curb weight: 5,159 lbs.
  • Fuel tank: 22.2 gallons
  • Turing circle: 38.8 ft.
  • 0-60 mph: 5.5 seconds


2013 Lexus LS 600h L AWD Review & Test Drive 11
Mar
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, featured, hybrid, LEXUS, Lexus LS600h, Test Drives on 03 11th, 2013
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2013 Lexus LS600h LWB Beauty Right Wide Done Small

‘A BOLDER ULTIMATE LUXURY HYBRID SEDAN’

There are many luxury sedans on today’s market but none combines bold, sleek, sexy, yet elegant styling, with power, performance, luxury, comfort, safety and hybrid technology like the new 2013 Lexus 600h all-wheel drive, long wheelbase, hybrid sedan.  This year the LS gets refreshed with the bold new face of Lexus.  The aggressive spindle grille gives the new LS a more aggressive look while engineering a significant improvement in driving dynamics, responsiveness and handling.  Also up front is a wide bottom lower grille to channel more air into the engine plus another intake for directing air to cool down the front disc brakes. Signifying that it is a hybrid there are blue accents in the front headlamps, front and rear ‘L’ badges, Hybrid side badging on the chrome strip below the doors, taillamps, ‘600h’ rear badge and engine cover.  The front lamps are LED daylight running lights, LED turn signals, foglamps, LED low and high beam headlights and Smart beam along with the power-remote/heated side mirrors with integrated turn signal repeater lights.  Numerous stabilizing fins, a front spoiler, a rear diffuser and a low 58.3 inch ride height help the new Lexus 600h LWB cut through the air with a very low 0.26 co-efficient of drag.  This also increases high speed stability, cuts down on road noise coming into the cabin and enhancing the already high, for a full-size long wheelbase luxury sedan, EPA fuel mileage specs of 19mpg/city and 23mpg/highway.

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I have tested many of the world’s best super-luxury sedans but this new Lexus LS 600h LWB hybrid is the best combination of cutting-edge styling, high performance, high-technology, luxurious comfort, convenience, infotainment and safety.  It has it all with a base price of $119,910.00.  My test LS 600h was custom painted in Lapis Lazuli for an even more outstanding street presence.

The new LS 600h L has new laser screw welding, body adhesives and other structural reinforcements that increases rigidity enhancing stability, steering feel and handling.  This car is fun-to-drive in any of the new five drive modes-EV, ECO, Normal, Comfort, Sport and Sport+.  The 600h L came with the Air Suspension and the Variable Gear Ratio rack & pinion steering that automatically adjusts the damping force for optimal comfort and performance.  Any way you want the car to respond to your inputs, it does it with aplomb.  Both the front and rear suspensions feature multi-links with the double-jointed air-suspension.  The standard AWD system features a central, permanently engaged, Torsen Limited Slip center Differential to further enhance grip, traction and cornering stability.

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Power is generated from a 5.0 liter DOHC, all-aluminum V8 with Dual VVT with intelligence and an electronically controlled intake.  The hybrid side features Motor Generator 1-Function-a primary generator, engine starter, Type-Permanent Magnet Motor-Cooling System-water cooled; Motor Generator 2-Function-Drives the Wheels, Regenerative Braking, Type-Permanent Magnet Motor, Cooling System-water cooled; Maximum Voltage-650-DC, Maximum Output-221 hp; Hybrid Battery Pack-Nickel plated hydride (NiMH), Cell Quantity-240 cells-12 cells X 20 modules contained in a metal container, Nominal Voltage-288-volts.  Total horsepower generated by both systems is 438.  The new LS 600h LWD zooms to 60 mph from a standstill in just 5.5 sec.  That’s plenty of speed to quickly merge onto fast moving highways and to easily maneuver around slow city traffic.

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Slowing this 5,202 pound (with the optional rear seat luxury package) large size sedan down from speed are big, power-assisted, electronically controlled brakes.  Up front are 14 inch vented discs clamped with four-piston calipers and 13.8 inch vented discs clamped with 2-piston calipers.  Keeping you in control and increasing your braking power when braking on slick or wet pavement are standard ABS, EBD, BA, Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control and VDIM which integrates all of these systems to keep you safe and in control during all driving conditions.  These brakes are very linear and smooth when applied, softly or hard, and even stronger than regular high-performance brakes with the regenerative braking system.

My fully-loaded LS600h L was shod with large 19X8 inch aluminum alloy wheels wrapped with 245/45R19 inch low-resistance, all-season radial tires for smooth quiet operation.

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The interior feels like you are in the sitting room of a very expensive hotel and the operation of essential elements is refined and intuitive following the L-finesse inspired design theme.  I am completely surrounded by leather everywhere including the A-pillars and headliner.  New enhancements have been made to the sound insulation for an even quieter cabin to enjoy the optional Mark Levinson Reference Surround System which provides a 5.1 home theater surround with 7.1 architecture, discrete circuitry, 15-channel, ML-16 Processor power amplifier covering a frequency range of 20Hz-20kHz and 450 watts with less than 0.1% total harmonic distortion.  The sounds come through 19-stretegically located speakers for awesome sounds of your favorite music.

Besides being surrounded by rich soft leather and real aluminum trim, my test LS 600h LWB came with the new, Shimamoku finish wood that is a prime example of the finest of the Japanese traditional Japanese craftsmanship.  Shimamoku, translated as ‘striped wood’, involves the painstaking layering of angle-cut dark and light shaded wood veneers in a unique process which involves 67 manufacturing steps over the course of 38 days.  The finish is just amazing!  It also appears on the leather-wrapped/tilt/telescoping/heated to wheel.  The 16-way powered front bucket seats are redesigned to minimize pressure peaks and increase support.  Both front seats feature an improved standard heating/cooling system with larger heating areas and reduced heating and cooling times.  The heated steering wheel and Positive Temperature Coefficient heating elements which warm the front cabin area quickly after startup are standard.  Windshield de-icer and headlamp washers are also standard with AWD.

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Also coming standard are acoustic glass windshield, laminated side window glass, ambient lighting, 12-volt outlet in center console and 12-volt outside of center console, blind spot monitor with cross traffic alert, heated electrochromic outside rearview mirrors with puddle lamps and power folding function, intuitive parking assist, Smart Access key fob and push button start/stop, carpeted floor mats, 4-zone climate control with heated/cooled rear seats, wood trimmed grab handles, power seatbelt shoulder height adjusters up front, power rear seats with climate control and lumbar massage and butterfly headrest, three-position memory for driver, front passenger and rear seats, analog clock with GPS, radar-sensing cruise control, electrochromic rearview mirror, electroluminescent Thin Film Transistor (TFT) gauges, leather-wrapped gated shifter with sequential sport-shift mode, Homelink programmable garage door opener, all express power windows/door locks, front/rear lighted vanity mirrors, power rear/side windows sunshade, power sunroof, rear cool box, dual cupholders front/rear, storage bins up front and rear, rain-sensing wipers, Hard Disc Drive with 12.3 inch screen, navigation system, Bluetooth hands free phone and phonebook download capabilities, AM-FM/in-dash six disc CD/DVD changer with MP3/WMA compatibility, automatic sound levelizer, aux/MP3 and USB/iPod audio input plugs, digital sound processor, Lexus Enform with App Suite and Safety Connect, Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Location, SOS button, Sirius Satellite radio/Nav Weather/Nav Traffic/Sports/fuel prices, and stocks, charcoal-activated clean air dust and pollen filter, smog sensor, first aid kit, dual stage front driver/front passenger airbags, force limiter and seatbelt pretensioners, front-passenger twin-chamber airbag, front seat-mounted side airbags, knee airbags, side curtain airbags, three-point seatbelts and headrest for all seating areas, rear seat-mounted side airbags.  My fully-loaded test LS came with the optional rear seat Blu-Ray DVD 9-inch screen with two wireless headphones and remote control, plus the executive package which includes a power ottoman seat with massage and ottoman knee airbags.

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The new 2013 Lexus LS 600h LWB has to be driven to be believed.  It has everything that a world-class, full-size luxury sedan would have plus the latest hybrid technology to increase fuel mileage and give the vehicle longer breaks between fuel fill-up’s.  It is an awesome automobile and so much fun to drive and enjoy all of the features.

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COPYRIGHT: 2013: HARVEY SCHWARTZ

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: MSRP LS 600h L $119,910
  • Engine: 5.0 liter DOHC, all-aluminum V8 with Dual VVT / Electric – 2-Motor Voltage-650-DC – Nominal Voltage-288-volts- 221 horsepower – Total output = 438 horsepower
  • Wheelbase: 121.7 inches
  • Overall length: 205 inches
  • Overall height: 58.3 inches
  • Overall width: 73.8 inches
  • Track: f/r-63.6/63.4 inches
  • Ground clearance: 5.1 inches
  • Headroom: f/r-38/38 inches
  • Cargo volume: 13 cu.ft.
  • Curb weight: 5,202 lbs.
  • Fuel tank: 22.2 gallons
  • Turing circle: 38.8 ft.
  • 0-60 mph: 5.5 seconds


Lexus Adds Sports-Appeal to new 2013 Lexus LS 460 & 600hL Hybrid: Official Release 31
Jul
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, LEXUS, Lexus LS460, Lexus LS600h, News on 07 31st, 2012

There was a time that Lexus and Sport did not coexist. In the past couple of years, Lexus has slowly rolled out vehicles destined for the garage of enthusiasts. It is obvious that they do not want to stop this forward momentum as they have officially introduced the new 2013 Lexus LS 460, what looks to be the sportiest LS ever.

The leaked images that we have seen circulated over the internet this week surely caught the eye of enthusiasts. Lexus’ new luxury flagship comes in four different flavors, the LS 460, LS 460L, LS 460 F Sport in RWD or all-wheel-drive and the AWD LS 600hL hybrid.

In true Lexus form, the new LS will feature a barrage of luxury options and amenities with unsurpassed refinement. A new Lexus Climate Concierge to control the ambient temperature, seat temp and steering wheel temp. The cabin is quieter than ever and occupants may enjoy their own Shiatsu Massage with the optional Ottoman Seating Package.

In the performance department, the new Lexus LS 460 F Sport features air suspension that can lower the vehicle by almost a half inch, 19-inch forged wheels, six-pot Brembo brake calipers up front, heavily bolstered steats, paddle shifters, aluminum trim and a Torsen limited-slip differential on the RWD model. It is rather obvious that Lexus isn’t messing around to attract a broader enthusiast base even for their big luxury-liner.

Official pricing has not been released yet. Hit up the full release below for all of the details and additional information on the new 2013 Lexus LS.

Lexus LS Flagship Luxury Sedans Redesigned For 2013 Model Year

San Francisco, Calif. – July 30, 2012 – With its dynamic handling, bold new design and superior craftsmanship, the 2013 LS flagship models hail the future of the Lexus brand as it embarks on its third decade in the premium luxury category. While retaining many of the qualities that have defined Lexus for more than 20 years, the LS reaches new heights with an exciting blend of beautiful design, modern refinement and advanced technology.

The 2013 LS line-up includes the LS 460, LS 460L, LS 600hL hybrid, and the first-ever LS 460 F SPORT. LS 460 and LS 460L are available in RWD and AWD. The LS Hybrid is available with a full-time AWD system.

The all-new LS 460 F SPORT combines a more aggressive exterior with a unique sport interior featuring F SPORT seats with larger bolsters, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters and genuine aluminum trim. With a sport tuned air suspension that has been lowered 0.4 inches, a Torsen® limited slip rear differential (RWD model), Brembo six-piston caliper brakes, and 19″ forged wheels with summer or all-season tires, the LS F SPORT promises to be the most engaging LS ever.

The entire 2013 LS lineup is refined with dynamic, fresh styling that reflects the bold new face of Lexus. The aggressive spindle grille gives the new LS a greater road presence and stronger brand identity while heralding a significant improvement in driving dynamics, responsiveness and handling.

Increased body rigidity enhances stability, and allows for a more comfortable ride. Pitch and bounce control has been enhanced by adopting new frequency dependent shock absorbers, resulting in an even flatter, road-hugging ride. Revised steering offers improvements in accuracy and turn-in response. The braking system has been adjusted for more immediate power and greater pedal feel.

Available safety enhancements include the industry’s most advanced Pre-Collision Safety (A-PCS) system with Collision Avoidance Assist. This system is designed to assist the driver in avoiding or mitigating collisions with vehicles and pedestrians under a wide range of city and highway speeds. At speeds lower than 24 miles per hour, this technology helps the LS to avoid accidents by automatically bringing the LS to a full stop.

The driver-focused interior integrates modern refinement with intuitive technology. The Advanced Illumination System (AIS), an all-LED interior lighting system, illuminates to greet the approaching occupants and then fades in sequence with the vehicle starting procedure.

The new, available Lexus Climate Concierge offers maximum comfort for every LS occupant. The customizable system uses multiple sensors to automatically regulate not only the temperature of the cabin, but also the climate control seats and the heated steering wheel, quickly bringing each occupant to their preferred temperature.

The standard navigation system is displayed on a 12.3-inch, split-screen, high-resolution multi-media display which is large enough to support simultaneous viewing of a large map display and other vehicle functions.

A next-generation Remote Touch, with one-push confirmation, is standard on all models and enables smooth, intuitive control of many vehicle systems. The Remote Touch allows the user to operate the climate, audio, phone controls, navigation system and more. The screen menus are selected with a controller conveniently located within easy reach on the center console. A number of well-placed buttons on the steering wheel and instrument panel enable the direct control of frequently used functions (e.g. temperature setting, fan speed, preset audio stations, etc.)

Lexus Enform® with App Suite leverages the customers’ mobile phone technology to provide a new level of connectivity and information management. Users can conduct local searches through Bing™, utilize voice-enabled apps to make restaurant reservations through OpenTable®, get movie tickets via MovieTickets.com, tap into internet radio, including Pandora® or iHeartRadio, search business reviews on Yelp and check in on Facebook places. A one-year trial subscription is included for the App Suite.

Chassis/Body/Suspension/Brakes/Tires
• Numerous stabilizing fins help the LS to be one of the most aerodynamically efficient cars in its segment with a coefficient drag of 0.26.
• Laser screw welding, body adhesives and other structural reinforcements increase rigidity and enhance stability, steering feel and handling.
• New standard Drive Mode Select allows the driver to choose from 3 distinct drive settings (Eco, Normal and Sport). Vehicles equipped with the available air suspension add Comfort and Sport S+ modes.
• The available Air Suspension with Variable Gear Ratio Steering automatically adjusts the damping force for optimal comfort and performance.
• The available AWD system features a central, permanently engaged, Torsen Limited Slip center Differential (LSD) to further enhance grip, traction and cornering stability.
• Noise-reduction wheels channel resonant noise from the main air chamber to adjacent hollow areas within the wheels via resonator holes, resulting in an incredibly quiet ride.

Safety/Security
• The Advanced Pre-Collision Safety system (APCS) can detect stationary pedestrians and those moving at speeds of up to three miles per hour and stop the vehicle from a speed of 24 miles per hour if a collision with another vehicle is imminent.
• Available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) constantly monitors the distance to vehicles ahead and is capable of operating at any speed. The system can bring the vehicle to a complete stop, and accelerate away once the road ahead is clear
• An upgraded, optional Lane-Keep Assist system (LKA) helps the driver stay in the intended lane.
• New to LS, the Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) uses rear millimeter-wave radar to monitor the vehicle rear side blind spots at 10 miles per hour or more. This feature includes Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) which automatically operates when the vehicle is in reverse, alerting drivers to the approach of other vehicles when backing out of a parking place.
• The Available Automatic High Beam system features a camera located in the inner mirror that detects light sources in front of the vehicle – including the headlamps of oncoming vehicles, the tail lamps of a vehicle ahead and street lighting – to automatically switch the high beams on and off accordingly.

Luxury/Comfort/Convenience
• Enhancements have been made to the sound insulation for an even quieter cabin.
• Redesigned front seats minimize pressure peaks and increase support. Both front seats feature an improved standard heating and cooling system with larger heating and cooling areas and reduced heating and cooling times.
• All AWD models including the LS600hL feature a heated steering wheel and Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) heating elements which warm the front cabin area quickly after vehicle start-up. Windshield de-icer and headlamp washers are standard on AWD models.
• The LS features a standard Lexus Premium Audio System with a nine channel amplifier, 10 speakers, CD / DVD player changer, DVD audio and video compatibility, MP3 sound enhancement, HD Radio™ with iTunes tagging, and a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio. Standard entertainment and connectivity advancements include enhanced Bluetooth® capability with automatic phonebook download and streaming audio.
• The optional Mark Levinson Reference Surround System provides a 5.1 home theatre surround with 7.1 architecture , discrete circuitry, 15 channel, ML3-16 Processor Power Amplifier covering a frequency range of 20Hz-20kHz, and 450 watts with less than 0.1% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

Luxury Options
• Available Power rear seats with Climate Concierge.
• An available Ottoman Seating Package with Shiatsu Massage and a Rear Seat Entertainment System featuring a Blu-ray DVD player, an SD card slot and a retractable, ceiling mounted, nine-inch full-color VGA screen.

Exterior Design
• The inverted trapezoidal upper grille and slanted lower grille that were first introduced on the GS sedan have been combined and integrated into a single element on the LS to create a more prominent spindle shape.
• When equipped with the optional three projector LED headlamp unit, the LS offers all LED exterior lighting, including turn signals an fog lamps
• LS 460 F SPORT features a unique front fascia with an enhanced three-dimensional mesh grille, larger cooling openings, black grille surround, and round fog lamps. A chrome-plated bar running along the bottom edge of the rear bumper accentuates the lowered center of gravity. F SPORT exterior badging completes the look.
• LS F SPORT offers six exterior colors; Ultra White is exclusive to F SPORT.

Interior Design
• The dashboard is divided into two distinct zones: an upper Display Zone, with the large, 12.3-inch, LCD multi-display screen, and a lower Operation Zone, which allows access to system controls such as the second generation Remote Touch Interface (RTI).
• The driver’s instrument meter cluster incorporates high-visibility, large diameter Optitron dials; a 5.8-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) Multi-information screen; and an aluminum analog clock with a GPS-based time correction function.
• The interior is offered in 5 color schemes: Ivory, Light Gray, Black, Black and Saddle Tan, and a newly available Topaz Brown.
• Optional wood includes Walnut, Shimamoku Espresso, Matte Brown Bird’s Eye Maple. The LS 600h L also offers an eco- friendly Bamboo wood trim.
• The new, Shimamoku finish is an example of the finest traditional Japanese craftsmanship. Shimamoku, translated as “striped wood,” involves the painstaking layering of angle-cut dark and light shaded wood veneers in a unique process which involves 67 manufacturing steps over the course of 38 days.
• The LS 460 F SPORT features aluminum ornamentation and a unique interior, featuring a black Alcantara headliner.

Warranty
• 48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty with roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles.
• 72 months/70,000 miles powertrain and restraint system coverage.
• 72 months corrosion perforation protection coverage, regardless of mileage.
• Eight years/100,000 miles hybrid-related components, including the HV battery, battery-control module, hybrid control module and inverter with converter.



2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport Official Images Leaked 30
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Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, LEXUS, Lexus LS460, Lexus LS600h, News on 07 30th, 2012

It is somewhat apparent that Lexus is attempting to redefine themselves with a sportier image alongside of Toyota and Scion. Not only has Scion introduced one of the most sought-after rear-wheel-drive sports coupes, but the Lexus brand is slowly rolling out new F-Sport-trimmed Lexus vehicles with a real sports-appeal, at least visually. The latest F-Sport to show its face via leaked official photos is the upcoming 2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport.

The new 2013 Lexus LS is set to be officially revealed later today, when we will be able to get the specific details of what will be powering their latest luxury sedan. We expect the powertrains to include a 4.6-liter V8 with 380 horsepower and the option to upgrade standard rear-wheel-drive with an advanced all-wheel-drive system.

The top-of-the-line LS600h hybrid may feature a new 5.0-liter V8 working in sync with a set of electric motors to produce a total of 438 horsepower.

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