• Feb 26, 2008
Click the image for the full LS600h L review at AutoblogGreen

Sam Abuelsamid recently spent a week behind the wheel of the very expensive, very luxurious Lexus LS600h L. The über-Lexus has the V12 offerings from Audi, Mercedes, and BMW in its sights -- lofty targets, to be sure, but based on Sam's account, the big hybrid might well have a missile lock on its competition this time around. Follow the jump for a video review of Lexus' mega-cruiser, and head over to AutoblogGreen for Sam's detailed rundown. If you thought the "hybrid penalty" on mass-market hybrids like the Prius or Altima was a tough financial pill to swallow, you're going to need the Heimlich maneuver performed once you look at how the LS600h's numbers work out.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The Lexus 460/600 doesn't have a driver's experience as good as the S550/ 600 Benz.
      What I did like about the Lexus is the reclining backseat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You need to ask, how much does it cost in "carbon footprint" to actually produce this?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe beause the point of this hybrid is not to achieve 4 cylinder fuel economy, but rather have V12 (here's looking at you 760i) Fuel economy with ~V8 efficiency?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, that's exactly what Lexus tried to do. They tried using the Hybrid system as if it were a big turbo so they could get V12 power with the efficiency of a V8.

        Notice I said "tried". They failed. The LS600hL is actually slower than the LS460L, due to the added weight of the Hybrid system. I used to like the idea of performance hybrids until I saw the real-world figures. It's not worth it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ...V12 Power


        damit...edit button autoblog, WTF?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I remember Yoko Ono stating she could not own a hybrid because no one was making one with the amenities she requires in her ride. Wonder if anyone has told her about this car...or that Bentley may be planning to add clean diesels or hybrid systems down the road? The uber rich will buy these things to feel a little more green about their conspicuous excess, so I don't think the "miles to payback" analysis has anything to do with why anyone buys this (or a Prius for that matter).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Look, the first $100,000 Hyundai
      • 6 Years Ago
      All that money for a car brand that according to the IIHS (http://www.iihs.org/ratings/head_restraints/headrestraints.aspx?lexus) will not protect you if you are rear ended!

      Cripes, my little 2007 Chevy Malibu gets acceptable rating.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Absolute joy to read a link to Sam's article that states that the top of the line Lexus uses watered down Chevy hybrid technology. Watered down because the Chevy Tahoe two mode can use both electric motors to power the vehicle, the Lexus, not so much.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmm... I wonder how many people would laud this "full" hybrid, even though the combined mileage gain is ~2 mpg.

      This gain is similar to what GM's much-criticized Aura/Vue GL and Malibu "mild" hybrids, yet winds up being much more expensive to buy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Maybe they drive a lot in urban gridlock and get better mileage? Maybe they want to lower emissions without sacrificing creature comforts, in a fashion akin to making their mansion more energy efficient?

        Anyone who bought this for fuel economy is a twit. If you can afford this, the price of fuel means squat. If you bought it to reduce _emissions_, then that's another thing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      people! people! people!

      its not made to save gas, its just a social statement. the whole idea of hybrids is a scam.

      better economy has come from many diesels.

      if i could afford it, i'll buy, not because ai care about the planet but because its nice and i can claim green.
      • 6 Years Ago
      100K for a hybrid is redundant.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Best headlights ever!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car would be perfect if it had a "normal" V8 under the hood.

      I don't need that hybrid crap.
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