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Lexus LS 600h: 5 litres and only 219g/km CO2

The new Lexus LS 600h, the new hybrid-power flagship of the Lexus brand, emits just 219g/km of CO2. This may sound like a high figure, but for a 5 litre luxury limousine – many of which emit more than twice this figure (a Bentley Arnage emits 465g/km) – it’s actually quite amazing.

Just to put this into perspective, here are other petrol cars that emit the same 219/g/km of CO2:

• Mercedes-Benz C280

• Mercedes-Benz E200 Kompressor Estate

• Peugeot 407 Coupé 2.2

• Peugeot 407 SW 2.2

• Volkswagen Eos 3.2 V6 FSi

• Volvo V70 2.5 T

So yes, a 2.2 litre Peugeot emits the same amount of CO2 as a 5 litre Lexus!! And the Lexus manages 0 to 62mph in 6.3 seconds, has full-time, all-wheel drive, and a full hybrid V8 powertrain.

The result is performance that rivals a standard V12 petrol engine with fuel consumption (30.4mpg in combined cycle driving) and emissions that are on a par with the segment’s best performing – and substantially lower powered – diesels. The Lexus Hybrid Drive system’s electric motor delivers maximum torque from zero rpm, giving the car excellent performance off the line.

Two versions will be available in the UK: the LS 600h and LS 600h L long wheelbase model. Both benefit from a specification that includes pre-crash safety systems that can detect collision hazards both on the road ahead and from the rear, permanent four-wheel drive, Adaptive Variable Suspension and the world’s first application of LED technology for low beam headlight illumination. The interior features fine leather upholstery, hand-trimmed dashboard and real wood cabin trim features.

The in-car entertainment package includes a 19-speaker Mark Levinson premium hi-fi with six-disc DVD autochanger and a nine-inch ceiling-mounted screen for rear seat passengers.

The LS 600h L can be additionally specified with a Rear Seat Relaxation Pack that provides even higher levels of comfort. The left hand rear seat gains an extending ottoman leg and thigh rest, seat cushion airbag and variable massage function. An independent DVD system, centre console with extending wood-inlaid tray are also part of the pack, together with a more advanced climate control system that uses body temperature sensors to determine optimum performance.

The LS 600h will cost from £81,400 when the model goes on sale in the UK on 1 October.