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April 19, 2006

Lexus Debuts the First V8 Hybrid Sedan in New York

Photo of the Lexus LS 600h L.

The Lexus LS 600h L aims at the ultra-luxury market by adding a hybrid system to an eight-cylinder engine, achieving "best-in-V8-class" fuel efficiency.
Credit: Toyota Motor Corporation

Are you looking for 12-cylinder performance, but hoping for the fuel economy of an efficient V8? Toyota Motor Corporation has your answer, as the company's Lexus division has mated a hybrid electric system to a five-liter, eight-cylinder engine. The all-wheel-drive Lexus LS 600h L produces more than 430 horsepower from the motor and engine combination while delivering "best-in-V8-class fuel efficiency," according to Toyota. The LS 600h L will also be the world's first vehicle to be equipped with LED (light emitting diode) headlights, and is expected to qualify for a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) rating. The Lexus LS 600h L debuted on April 12th at the New York International Auto Show and will go on sale in April 2007.

Lexus also introduced two new traditional V8 sedans, the LS 460 and LS 460 L, which will employ the world's first eight-speed automatic transmission. The large number of gears saves fuel by better matching engine speed to power needs. See the Lexus press release.