Lexus LS600h is one of the most anticipated cars by the Japanese manufacturer because it was the first full hybrid model in the luxury segment. Now at 2009 Frankfurt Motorshow, Lexus unveils an updated version of this fine and clean super saloon, which comes with new technological and styling improvements for 2010. It clearly has Mercedes S400 Hybrid in sight!
2010 LS600h gets a tweaked version of Lexus’ hybrid platform with a new ECO mode which enhances the throttle response, and that results in better fuel efficiency. So no matter how aggressive you hit the pedal, the car will govern it to be soft and gentle! So the combination of the 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine and 165kW electric motor produces a maximum 439bhp and 520Nm of torque, which means 0 to 60 in 6.3 seconds and average fuel consumption of 30.4 MPG, which considering the segment, are really astonishing numbers.
The batteries of the hybrid system are also repackaged in favor of more luggage space in the boot. There is also a new Brembo braking system with larger discs for more stopping power.
The styling of the LS600h is also a bit tweaked. You get a newly designed chrome grille, redesigned air intakes and foglamps along with new color for the headlights called Lexus hybrid blue. Add to the list new LED indicators. Inside you get some new toys to play with, a new full colour, TFT LCD display. A new meter design features a three-ring analogue dial with a central speedometer, a tachometer and coolant temperature gauge to the left, and a fuel gauge and hybrid system indicator to the right and above all a new 40GB multimedia/navigation system.