Going back to the new 2013 Lexus GS 450h for a moment, here’s a brief technical overview of next-generation hybrid sedan from Lexus Europe Technical Director, Duncan McMath:
By keeping the same powertrain but improving the fuel efficiency by 20%, Lexus has chosen a rather unique path for the new GS 450h — after all, if this V6 hybrid was meant to replace the V8 GS 460 in the lineup, bumping up the power would have been an obvious first step.
Instead, both the GS 350 & GS 450h are retaining their current engines, and this more than anything has me convinced Lexus has a bigger plan when it comes to performance — in fact, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the rumored supercharger turns out to be true. I’d also bet money there’s a V8-powered GS-F waiting in the wings, as it would fit perfectly into the lineup right above the GS 450h.
While on the topic of the GS 450h, here’s a jumbled-but-extensive B-roll video from Europe:
Those adaptive LED headlights sure are impressive.