Lexus’ LS limousine is being introduced in South Africa in the enviro-friendly LS600h specification.
Lexus limo LS comes to SA
The pinnacle in the Lexus range in South Africa, the luxobarge LS600h L builds on the LS460 launched earlier this year with its extended wheelbase (120mm to the wheelbase, largely to benefit rear passengers) and its merging of a 5.0-litreV8 petrol engine with electric power.
The latest addition to Performance Hybrid line-up also happens to be the new flagship model to the Lexus range and, as befits its stature, gets its own grille, LED lighting for the low beam setting (considered by the carmaker to be a world first) and the subtle blue detailing seen on other models.
Bespoke 19-inch alloys neatly round off the exterior package.
Inside the cabin, LS600h L shares most of its features with the new LS460. And since there are no options available, the features list is extensive. An upgraded entertainment system with a fold-down LCD monitor is available for passengers seated on the rear bench and a 450W Mark Levinson audio system should keep all occupants entertained, while drivers benefit from active cruise control and intelligent park assist amongst a list of new-age gizmos.
The added space at the rear turns an ordinary bench into a proper lounge area. Individual leather seats can be reclined and come with a retractable thigh and footrest for the complete comfort. Seats can be operated manually, or by remote control, and come with a vibration massage system and a memory function. When the rear passenger doors (or front passenger, for that matter) is opened, the seat automatically retracts for easier entry and egress. Very nifty.
Driving this powerboat means you have 327 kW at your disposal thanks to a combination of petrol and/or hybrid modes. The full hybrid system combines the 290 Nm and 520 Nm of the petrol V8 with the 165 kW/300 Nm electric motor output, which is good to launch the flagship from standstill to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.
Combined fuel consumption is quoted as 9.3 l/100 km, while CO2 emissions of 219 g/km are claimed.
A Torsen limited slip diff takes care of distributing drive between the axles – 40% to the front wheels and 60% to the rear, although this varies depending on road and driving conditions. Air suspension guarantees a comfortable journey, whether in Normal, Comfort or Sport modes.
The LS600h L is covered by a four-year/100 000 km warranty and a full maintenance plan. It costs R1 555 000.