Car Middle East: Lexus LS 600hL vs. Mercedes S400 Hybrid

Lexus LS600hL vs. Mercedes S400 Hybrid

Car Middle East has published a quasi-comparison of the Lexus LS 600hL and the upcoming Mercedes S400 Hybrid, though it reads more like a hybrid primer:

Whereas Mercedes’ mantra has been to make the S-class hybrid as green as possible, Lexus has taken a different approach with the LS600h. Here, performance is the number one priority. Think of a Lexus hybrid like a Mercedes AMG – seriously.

The electric motor is much more meaty in the Lexus than in the Mercedes, here it’s got the equivalent of 221bhp and 221lb ft of torque. Again, thanks to the instant nature of electric motor’s power delivery – it helps deliver a strong surge in acceleration from standstill or on kickdown. Unlike the Mercedes, the LS600h has an EV-mode which forces the V8 engine to stay shut off until battery charge has been depleted, making driving around town an eerily quiet affair.

While these two flagship sedans may be competing in the same market, the article acknowledges that they’re at opposite sides of the spectrum. The central difference between the two is how the hybrid tech is used—Mercedes takes the Prius route of fuel conservation, whereas Lexus uses the electric engine to boost the V8 up into V12 performance. Isn’t that a funny role reversal?

(Another interesting point is that the LS 600hL remains unavailable in the Middle East, as Lexus is still conducting tests to ensure the hybrid will stand up to the region’s extreme weather.)

[Source: Car Middle East]



  1. hmm they didnt disclose CO2 info on the LS. i wonder how it is comparable to the benz

  2. bah like it’s any surprise Lexus won…again?

  3. I want to see the comparison between CO2. Its sketchy that they did not release the Lexus one, yet they did so for the MB.

  4. I found the LS600h CO2 output its about 219-229. While the S400 Hybrid is 190. EEK i guess its do to engine type and what not.

  5. It would complicate the hybrid message but say Lexus comes out with an LS 400h that would be interesting…

  6. Surprised to see an LS600hL with Dubai plates, as the car is not sold in the UAE(so is the GX470). But US imports are very common in that region, from Corollas to Tundras. Did you know that the original 1992 SC400/300 was never officially sold in the UAE market, but was a very popular grey import. Many are still seen on the roads today. I don’t think luxury hybrids will sell much in the Middle East, as rich customers there crave power(V12 mostly)& not economy(petrol is cheap).LS600hL which is the LS range flag-ship has a better chance than S400 hybrid which nobody will care for. So its LS600hL vs S600.

  7. Yeah, I would attribute that to the LSh having a V8 versus the S400’s V6.

  8. I think the direction Mercedes is taking with their flagship hybrid is preferable to Lexus.

    Lexus was really trying to kill two birds with one stone and pushed out a V12 competitor and a flagship hybrid at the same time, whereas Mercedes already has the high-end power. Their hybrid is all economy.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see an LS V6 hybrid announced, that’s for sure.