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04-18-2005, 04:52 PM
<A HREF="http://www.autoweek.com/news.cms?newsId=102210" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autoweek.com/news.cms?newsId=102210</A><p>LOS ANGELES -- To match luxury competitors, Lexus will offer a long-wheelbase version of its redesigned flagship, the LS 460, when it arrives in fall 2006.<p>Soon after, a hybrid version of the vehicle will debut. It will be the first gasoline-electric powertrain with a V-8 engine by any automaker.<p>The LS 460 information was revealed in filings with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.<p>Lexus spokesman Bill Ussery declined to confirm the product plan or reveal the hybrid's launch date.<p>Toyota Motor Co. executives have said they want to build a flagship Lexus hybrid but have never given specifics.<p>Lexus has studied developing a long-wheelbase flagship and "found the potential for a mix" of long- and standard-wheelbase versions, Ussery says.<p>Wheelbase typically is a strong indicator for interior roominess for occupants. The LS 460 will be available with short and long wheelbases, the filings say.<p>Lexus has the shortest wheelbase among luxury flagships in the United States. Mercedes-Benz sells only long-wheelbase versions of its S-Class in this country. BMW and Jaguar sell standard- and long-wheelbase versions of their flagships.<p>According to the filings, Lexus will call the long-wheelbase version the LS 460L.<p>The hybrid, to be called the LS 600hL, will have a long wheelbase.<p>Lexus code-names its hybrid vehicles differently than its gasoline engine vehicles, which have a direct numerical correlation to the size of its engine.<p>Therefore, LS 460 refers to the vehicle's 4.6-liter engine. The current flagship, the LS 430, has a 4.3-liter engine. But LS 600hL refers to the equivalent power of a 6.0-liter engine, when the V-8 gasoline engine is mated to an electric motor.<p><br>

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04-18-2005, 05:47 PM
Well it's actually not the first V8 hybrid... that award went to the Chevrolet Siliverado Hybrid, altho from what I've heard it's not very good at being a hybrid. <p>Wow, with a V8 and hybrid powertrain, this thing is going to be a rocket.

04-18-2005, 05:54 PM
Wow. That's gonna be one hell of a fast hybrid.

04-19-2005, 01:14 PM
I NEED TO SEE PICS!!!!!!!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/drink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>So the IS 350 3.5L = 300+ hp<br>then the LS 4.6L would = 400+ hp <br>6L = 500+ hp <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/eek2.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/eek2.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/scared.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/scared.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>

04-19-2005, 02:47 PM
no.. the LS460 vill be abourt 350..<br>and there vill be no 6liter<br>its a LS600h .. but 500 might be right..<br>if it is a Sklass 7series killer

04-20-2005, 04:37 PM
this is going to be great...<p>and the Silverado hybrid is a mild hybrid...it is not a fully functional one...<p>it only gets 3 more gallons to the mile than a non-hybrid too

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04-20-2005, 04:45 PM
=<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>LEXUS FAN!</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">this is going to be great...<p>and the Silverado hybrid is a mild hybrid...it is not a fully functional one...<p>it only gets 3 more gallons to the mile than a non-hybrid too</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Well, the article said it will be the first hybrid with a V8, nothing else. I know the differences between the 2 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0">