• Apr 7, 2007


If you're a high-level executive and an environmentalist at heart who just can't give up the leather, wood, and most importantly, big-car power for a Spartan-interior, gas-sipping Prius, the Lexus LS 600h L is the solution to your quandry. Toyota's luxury arm combines a 5.0 liter V8 with an electric motor and a CVT to produce 430 hp. Lexus says the car's sticker price will start at $104,750. On top of all the geeky hybrid bits, that money gets you the world's first production-car LED headlights, full-time all-wheel-drive, 19-speaker Mark Levinson sound system with an 8GB hard drive, Intuitive Parking Assist, and loads of luxury. Options include 4-zone climate control, a power-reclining rear seat with massage, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Lexus doesn't give fuel economy estimates for the 600h, but expects the car to receive the Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle rating and says the car will have the best-in-class V8 fuel efficiency that's roughly equal to the numbers achieved by other V6 AWD luxury sedans.

Click through to the jump for Lexus' press release and be sure to check out our high-res gallery.

[Source: Lexus]



Lexus Announces Pricing for All-New LS 600h L Luxury Hybrid Sedan

TORRANCE, Calif., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Lexus today announced the
manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the all-new 2008 LS 600h L
luxury hybrid sedan. The LS 600h L will be the ultimate Lexus statement,
providing the highest level of luxury, technology, performance, safety and
efficiency.

With an extensive list of standard luxury equipment and technological
features, including the world's first full hybrid V8 powertrain, the LS
600h L will carry a base MSRP of $104,000 when it reaches Lexus dealers in
June.

The full-time all-wheel-drive LS 600h L will be the world's first
vehicle powered by a full hybrid V8 powertrain and will be mated to a newly
developed dual-stage electronically controlled, continuously variable
transmission. It will deliver power and performance on par with modern
12-cylinder engines, producing more than 430 horsepower while still
delivering fuel efficiency equal to or better than the combined
fuel-economy ratings of V6 all-wheel-drive mid-sized luxury sedans. The LS
600h L will also carry a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) rating,
emitting nearly 70 percent fewer emissions than the "cleanest" of its
competitors.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Another car for self involved hollywood drama queen geeks..
      Lexus was the bomb when it came out, but now they are just oversized overpriced camry's... It's funny the people who cannot admit that domestics are just as dependable, instead nit pick the exact texture of a dash board...I wish that was my biggest worry, If I had 100K+ thousand dollars, I would see that my child would get an education...and buy a civic or cobalt..:)
      • 7 Years Ago
      #55 no matter how they did it...they did it ..and 40mpg is much better as 18-24mpg rated for the Lexus
      Under normal use if you will have more likely 30-35mpg...but this is still much better as 20-24mpg

      • 7 Years Ago
      #21 Gale said all that needs to be said on the issue, Toyota is way overrated and a bit of reality is coming to them.
      • 7 Years Ago
      @ "jj" #53

      As proven by your pathetic rebuttal, you are indeed one of the clowns I was referring to. Happy Easter.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #54
      And where can I get this 7-series Hydrogen???? And do they mass-produce it and make it available for general consumer sale?

      I didn't think so.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sorry, but I fell asleep halfway through the story. What are we talking about here? Oh, the Lexus LS, aka the ultimate Toyota: a four-wheeled appliance for people who's favorite color is beige.

      I feel another nap coming on. Wake me when the next BMW story is ready.
      • 7 Years Ago
      *cylinder count, sorry :).
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Had BMW or Mercedes Benz done this, I bet the same posters who've attempted to 'down' Lexus's efforts here would be singing a different tune."

      Those guys don't waste their time with hybrids. If they did, I'd mock them too.

      "You're the clown. And I'd surely be laughing at you when (not if) we get the news that Lexus sells every single 600h model they build."

      Ah, right, they're limiting production to 1800 cars. That way, instead of languishing on dealer lots, they'll sell to the 1800 celebrities that already own 6 Priuses. News flash: the rest of us are still laughing at the EXTREMELY LIMITED appeal and the MASSIVE price tag. Sounds like you're retaining the clown moniker for the day. Nice try though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Who in their right mind would buy something like this? Anyways, if you had 105k to spend on a high end luxury car, would you buy somthing that resembled a Toyota Camary when you could buy the best of German enginering and styling in a Mercedes Benz S-class, BMW 7-serries, or an Audi A8L?
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car has an IVT, not CVT transmission.

      What about the double virtual axis pivot steering geometry? Looks identical to Audi's. Will it have any feel?

      Is the customary torsional spring/damper still in the steering column? Take a peak at an Rx350, looks like a hockey puck.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As with every make there is psychological threshold on price points. Regarding how I feel about Lexus that threshold is $100K. Above that threshold Lexus will have to further prove itself, like the others have.
      • 7 Years Ago
      First year has already been nearly all sold out, 1,850 preorders since launch.

      And it's true, the V8s are very powerful already...the LS 460 V8 already has 380 hp.

      But just look...bmwusa.com shows the 760Li with a V12 producing 438 hp and over 440 lbs. of torque, the LS 600h L also produces 438 hp. with a V8 hybrid powertrain.
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