The centrepiece of Lexus’s stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show will be the hybrid power GS 450h. The high performance prestige saloon will be making its European show debut, ahead of going on sale next year.
The GS 450h is the second Lexus production model to feature hybrid drive technology, following the launch of the RX 400h premium SUV earlier this year. It has a drivetrain that combines a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with a high-output electric motor for a maximum power output in excess of 300bhp, sufficient to move the car from rest to 62mph in less than six seconds.
At the same time, the high efficiency of the hybrid system means that fuel consumption and carbon dioxide exhaust emissions levels are comparable with those from saloons with conventional four-cylinder, two-litre petrol engines.Published 29 August 2005