Lexus's New Hybrid: Will the Fast Make You Furious?
Not everyone will like this car when it hits the market in May. Some car connoisseurs will lift their noses. Some environmentalists will lift their hackles. Other people will definitely lift their eyebrows in curiosity. Whatever feelings this car raises in you, the Lexus GS 450h is something we haven’t seen before. It is the first luxury hybrid sedan, a rear-wheel drive car that performs on par with any V8 in its class—only it’s a V6. The drive train is a newly redesigned hybrid system that pairs a 3.5-liter V6 with an electric motor to produce 339 horsepower. The EPA fuel economy weighs in at a combined 26 mpg (25 city, 28 highway), slightly below Lexus’s initial expectations, and gets an SULEV emissions rating. The 450h will do 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds. Starting at $54,900, this hybrid will come with all the Lexus bells and whistles like voice activated GPS and rain-sensing windshield wipers. :: Green Car Congress