2013 Lexus GS 450h Hybrid first drive test and review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The new 2013 Lexus GS 450h Hybrid is no longer the speedy dragster of the hybrid world. Instead the newest Lexus hybrid is all grown up and ready for a serious job like taking you and your family to work or play. The newest and most fuel efficient GS now gets a combined 31 MPG. but is that enough to take on the German competition like the diesel version of the BMW 5 series Mercedes-Benz E class and the Audi A6. We recently had a chance to take the hybrid GS for a first drive spin around the Las Vegas desert to find out if the new 2012 Lexus GS 450h Hybrid is ready to take on the german competition.
2012 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Review & Drive
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2012 Hyundai Genesis is one of the most
feared cars in the auto industry. For a base price of just $34,000 you get
all of the luxury that once was the sole domain of companies like Lexus and
Mercedes-Benz. You also get a 333 HP engine that pulls like a steam
locomotive. Check out this fast take video review of the big daddy Hyundai.
2013 Lexus GS 350 revealed Inside and Out
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The new 2013 Lexus GS 350 is a technological tour
de force. The GS can be had with about every modern car technology. In this
video from the Las Vegas press preview you'll learn all about the newest GS
and why Lexus believes it is ready to take on the German competition with
Japanese innovation and luxury.
2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport vs Mercedes-Benz E350 vs BMW 535i race track review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The new 2013 Lexus GS 350 F is taking direct aim
at both the new Mercedes-Benz E350 and the new BMW 535i. We recently had a
chance to drive all three cars on the race track in Las Vegas to compare
how well the newest and perhaps sexiest Lexus does against these two very
well regarded and long established German luxury performance sedans. Check
out this first drive review of the 2013 Lexus GS 350 F as we test all
three cars head to head.
2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport revealed Inside and Out
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The new 2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport is the
sportiest car in the new 2013 Lexus GS line-up. And while you can't get the
F Sport with a bigger engine, it does come with a firmer suspension, dark
red leather interior and a suspension set-up that can be tuned for a much
firmer and sportier ride and handling. Check out his video as we reveal the
2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport
2014 Lexus GS 450h Hybrid Review and Road Test
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The GS used to be the only hybrid game in town, but times have changed and
nearly everyone has joined the party. BMW has their turbocharged ActiveHybrid 5, Mercedes just
launched the E400 Hybrid, Infiniti has re-badged their M Hybrid the Q70
Hybrid, Acura is finally selling the all-wheel-drive RLX Hybrid and Audi
has announced the A6 hybrid will come to America "soon." This means that
the S80 T6 and Genesis are no longer on my list because we have
head-to-head competition now.
Lexus used to be known for restrained styling but the current generation GS
marked a change for the Japanese luxury brand. In addition to taking on
more aggressive front end styling, the GS was the first Lexus to wear the
new "spindle" grille. The schnozz that seemed so controversial three years
ago seems downright demure today, especially since this form has been
adapted to the enormous (and some say questionable) LX 470. Perhaps because
the GS was the first to wear the corporate grille, the styling seems
slightly awkward from the front 3/4 shot (seen at the top) but looks better
in person. Unlike the IS, which gets some sheetmetal swooshes on the side,
the GS's profile and rump are luxury car restrained. Overall I think the
Infiniti Q70 hybrid, despite being a little long in the tooth, still wins
the beauty contest. The Lexus and BMW are a bit too sedate for my tastes,
and the RLX and A6 suffer from decidedly front-wheel-drive proportions when
compared to the rest and the Mercedes lands smack in the middle.
While the GS 350 recently got an update in the form of a new Aisin 8-speed
automatic, the GS 450h continues with just a minor software update. This
means under the hood you will find the same direct-injection 3.5L
Atkinson-cycle V6 engine and RWD hybrid transmission that launched in 2011.
Combined with a 1.9 kWh NiMH battery pack in the trunk the system is good
for 338 combined horsepower, 286 of which
come from the gasoline engine. This is essentially the same engine found in
the Highlander and RX hybrids, but the transmission is more similar to what
Lexus uses in the LS 600hL. The unit combines the two motor/generator units
with a 2-speed planetary gearset to improve efficiency at high speeds (as
in on the Autobahn) but without the AWD system standard in the LS 600hL.
The 2014 software update improves "sportiness" in sport mode and now
imitates an 8-speed automatic instead of a 6-speed. While 338 horsepower compares well
with the 6-cylinder competition, the GS 450h has the unenviable task of
trying to be both the most efficient GS and the performance version as
well. For reasons nobody knows, the more efficient GS 300h which uses a
2.5L four-cylinder engine is not sold in America.
By design, the Lexus hybrid system is very different from the competition.
The two motor/generator units and the electrical circuitry combine with a
single planetary gearsest to "act" as a continuously variable transmission.
This setup allows the drivetrain to act as a serial hybrid (kind of),
parallel hybrid, electric generator, or a pure EV at low speeds. In
contrast Mercedes, BMW and Infiniti combine a traditional transmission with
a single electric motor that replaces the torque converter. Transitions
between electric and gasoline drive modes in these systems aren't as smooth
as the Lexus system because of the clutch packs involved in reconnecting
the engine. Meanwhile Acura combines a dual-clutch robotic manual
transmission with a twin-motor pack in the rear for the only AWD hybrid
luxury sedan in this category.
Of course the primary reason for buying a hybrid is to save on gas. Right?
Maybe. With a 29 MPG City, 34 MPG Highway and 31 MPG combined rating
there's no doubt that the GS 450h is a fuel sipping 338 horsepower luxury sedan.
However at more than $10,000 more expensive than a similarly equipped GS
350 it would take you more than 20 years to "save money." We did average an
excellent 31.5 MPG over 800 miles with the GS hybrid, a notable improvement
over the Infiniti hybrid and the short time I spent in the RLX hybrid.
Although we haven't extensively tested the BMW and Mercedes hybrids yet,
brief spins in both indicate they will slot in under the GS. There's one
more problem for the GS: Mercedes' new E250 diesel. No, it's not a speed
daemon, but at 34 mpg combined it not only makes up for the higher cost of
diesel with the higher fuel economy, it starts around $9,000 less than a GS
450h as well.
Real Videos: 2013 Lexus GS 450h, the Economical Sports Sedan Review
This new Real Video, the Real Review features the 2013 Lexus GS 450h.
All-new for 2013, the GS 450h represents a vehicle that can not only bring
luxury to the table, but also bring an environmental twist. The Lexus
Hybrid System boasts some pretty impressive MPGs for a sedan the size of
the GS. We liked what we saw in the Real First Impressions Video (see our
RFI here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1JJnNlVkoA), but think our fans
need to see a closer look.
**Note, the weather was not cooperating with this video shoot, so we have
some unfriendly sunlight. However, we still wanted to give your the Real
Review, rain or...well shine.
Join us as we discuss the current design, the excitement factor, fuel
economy and day-to-day living in a car that uses materials that are just
plain cool and sustainable. At almost $70K, the Lexus GS 450h is definitely
doing right by the Toyota heritage of leading the way in hybrid technology
Find out more in this Real Videos edition.
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Lexus GS450H Irish Launch first drive
Bob takes a rather extended first drive in the new Lexus GS450 H, actually
he still isn't back from that test drive. Sit back and watch 15 mins of
pure joy as Bob talks us through the new 3.5ltr V6 monster.
Lexus GS 450h roadtest (english subtitled)
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Team Review: Lexus GS 450h - Fifth Gear
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2013 Lexus GS 450h - DESIGN
With a five vehicle hybrid line-up, Lexus reinforces its commitment to
hybrid technology with the all-new 2013 GS 450h. When it was introduced for
the 2007 model year, the GS 450h was the first hybrid-powered luxury sport
sedan to enter the market. Today, the GS 450h is the world's first premium
performance sedan to be equipped with a V6 Atkinson cycle gas engine and
two-motor hybrid system, in a front engine rear-wheel drive vehicle.
The hybrid version of the 2013 GS 350 incorporates improvements to its
hybrid powertrain and is equipped with a second generation Lexus Hybrid
Drive system. GS 450h engineers have aimed for reductions in fuel
consumption and emissions, while providing exhilarating performance.
With a total system power output of 338 hp, the GS 450h will accelerate
effortlessly from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. Conversely, fuel consumption is
expected to be improved by more than 30 percent. The GS 450h is targeting
certification as a Super-Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle II (SULEV II). The new
GS hybrid also features a Drive Mode selector. In addition to the Normal
mode, the driver can customize the driving experience using Eco, Sport S,
Sport S+ and EV modes.
2015 Lexus NX 200t F-Sport Luxury Crossover Test Video Review
sover-first-drive-and-review-124741/?id=32972 The NX is an all-new model
for Lexus which has never had a compact crossover SUV in its line-up. This
is not uncharted territory as the RX-line has been one of the best-selling
crossovers year after year. The Lexus NX is based on the Toyota RAV4
platform but sources say that this vehicle is 90% different. This crossover
does come across as a real Lexus and not simply a rebadged vehicle.
Under the hood is a brand new 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-clinder engine that makes 235 horsepower and 258
lb-ft. of torque. This particular model has the F-Sport package which adds
unique styling, different wheels, stiffer suspension, tighter steering,
Premium LED Headlights, and more.
Design wise the NX fits in with the rest of the Lexus Family featuring the
unique Spindle Grille up front. Everywhere you look there are character
lines to make the NX stand out. The front bumper is aggressive and the rims
are very cool indeed. This is certainly a very stylish crossover.
Lexus is looking to attract a younger group of consumers. There is no
question the distinct styling will attract younger buyers. Another factor
is the fact the NX will fill the entry level gap that is missing in the
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