Lexus GS 450h hybrid unveils ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show


There are about three different versions of the 2013 Lexus GS in the works, and this is the same hybrid version that we have seen at the Pebble Beach a few weeks ago. Today, Lexus released details on the Lexus GS 450h hybrid, which will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week.

Everything seems the same as the standard version, but underneath the hood of the Lexus GS 450h hybrid is an Atkinson Cycle 3.5-liter V6 engine along with a water-cooled electric motor for a combined power output of 338 horsepower. So far, Lexus hasn’t revealed the torque spec, but we assume it to be around 370 lb-ft of torque. Lexus claims a 0-60 mph time of 5.6 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 131 mph for the hybrid model, but it hasn’t revealed the fuel economy numbers yet. However, Lexus promises average fuel economy has been improved by more than 30%.

“The all-new GS 450h will provide our customers with an exciting blend of performance and precision in a new hybrid package”, said Lexus vice president and general manager in the US, Mark Templin. “With its dynamic exterior styling, roomy interior and advanced technology features, the GS 450h further demonstrates Lexus’ mastery of the luxury hybrid.”

Carrying over the standard version includes the Lexus Dynamic Handling System with four-wheel steering. In addition, the Lexus GS 450h can operate using only its electric motor alone. The driver can select between four driving modes: Eco, EV, Sport S and Sport S+ for different driving conditions.