The value car of the ex­ec­u­tive seg­ment is also the green­est

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ac­ces­si­ble from the but­tons on the wood/leather trimmed steer­ing wheel, which looks nice but isn’t the best for grip.


The driv­e­train is up­graded from the su­per­seded car, with the 3.5-litre dual-in­jected V6 tweaked to in­crease ef­fi­ciency.

Changes have also been made to the con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion to re­duce the in­cred­i­bly ir­ri­tat­ing ‘‘ flare’’ in­her­ent in these trans­mis­sions. The driver can use man­ual mode via pad­dleshifts to liven up the drive or can play with the Lexus Drive Mode Se­lect sys­tem— which changes driv­e­train, chas­sis and steer­ing map­ping in one of four modes.

En­ergy is re­cov­ered via the com­pany’s most ef­fi­cient re­gen­er­a­tive brak­ing pack­age yet, which helps re­duce fuel use to 6.3L/100km. Other high­lights in­clude a cli­mate con­trol sys­tem that coun­ter­acts de­hy­dra­tion by putting mi­cro­scopic ions with about 1000 times more wa­ter con­tent than reg­u­lar air ions— ap­par­ently it’s gen­tler on skin and hair.


The GS the fourth Lexus line to get the new ag­gres­sive, an­gu­lar look, which sits nicely on the big sedan. The rear end has lost the rounded rump of its pre­de­ces­sor and that’s a good thing. There’s also a classy ana­log clock in the dash— a vast im­prove­ment over the old green dig­i­tal unit.

Thank­fully the new nick­el­metal hy­dride bat­tery lay­out al­lows for 45 per cent more bootspace than the out­go­ing car— it’s now 465 litres —and helps give the GS450h near 50-50 weight dis­tri­bu­tion.

Bal­anced propo­si­tion: The hy­brid’snew­bat­tery en­ables near 50-50 weight dis­tri­bu­tion. The GS450h is in­cred­i­bly ef­fi­cient

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