Review Lexus LS600hL
The pressure is to provide safer, less polluting, more economical, cheaper, better performance, better equipment and longer lasting vehicles.
It seems almost impossible to do but look at the new Lexus LS600hL and you will have some ideas of where the cars are heading in the near future.
This is a technical demonstration from Toyota’s giant organization and its flagship, the large 600 has a host of incredible features, some useful, some useless.
Is it on top, enduring excessive technology? In some respects yes, but we can’t keep our heads in the sand forever.
Although completely outside the average Aussie realm, at a price of $ 240,000, the LS600hL is truly valuable compared to direct competitors from Europe, having reduced them to $ 125,000.
And, even better, the 600 useful technology will gradually filter down to mainstream cars.
Take the hybrid drive system, for example. The complex engine, an engine part, including a 290-liter V8 petrol engine, and two electric motors, provides a total output of 327kW and a torque of about 600 Nm to propel 2.4. 600 tons with incredible speed. Typically, this would indicate a hefty fuel bill, but in the case of 600, it is capable of achieving just 9.3 liters / 100km and producing only 210g / km of carbon dioxide.
It has a constant all-wheel drive system and an eight-step continuously variable automatic transmission with sequential shift mode. This has safety benefits and the ability to drive and gives 600 grand sporty feel, enhanced by steering ratio change system and electronic brake assist.
Lexus pushes 600 and other hybrids in its lineup as performance without guilt and in this sense, the 600 actually delivers.
But it is strange that you start because the gasoline engine is not running. Instead, the initial motion is provided by the electric motors provided by the large battery pack at the back of the vehicle.
The gasoline engine catches fire when the accelerator pedal is pushed beyond a certain threshold or the speed exceeds 40km / h. It switches off when the car stops.
This only scratched the surface of the 600’s technological arsenal. It was one of the first cars to feature LED headlights (a set of six) and they also adapted as they turned to the steering wheel.
It has what is known as a near-auto-assist smart park and the internal climate control system has a body heat sensor to adjust the internal temperature.
Cruise control uses radar to maintain distance from the vehicles ahead and the air suspension is adapted to any type of driving condition or road.
All this is very nice but not really needed.
Massage chairs in the back (with ottoman) are useless because there is not enough room to stretch out.
We have yet to find a self-parking system. If you cannot park, you should not drive. The vehicle must stop in order to reprogram the satnav to be a major nuisance because the front passenger can do the job on the go.
Sometimes we have to make an incorrect start-up sequence because Google’s engine was unable to fire a few times. The boot has refused to open and all doors except the driver will not unlock with the fob lock.
There are 11 airbags including knee bag and 19 speakers; on what price might be the best in-car audio and entertainment system I’ve ever experienced.
There is no doubt that all 600 inside features are great to experience but figuring out how they work is challenging.
Boil this car down to its nature and it is certainly impressive.
Strong performance with a sprint speed of 0 – 100km / h takes 6.3 seconds. It whispers at a warping speed in almost silence and cuts through the atmosphere at an aerodynamically efficient 0.29Cd.
The big, handsome limo claims to be very good in sport driving mode.
The start up is very small due to the battery pack and we cannot explain the level of technology inside the engine other than saying that it has direct fuel injection and the cam timing varies.