Day one of the New York International Auto Show’s press preview days kicked off-far as our hung-over correspondent could tell-with a Lexus event. On the stand was the all-new uber-Lexus-the LS 600h L.
This top-of-the-line Toyota boasts a 430-horsepower V8 hybrid powertrain-hereafter dubbed “Lexus Hybrid Drive.” The motor displaces five liters, qualifies for SULEV clean-car status, and “best in V8 class” fuel economy. (That means they’re not releasing the actual figures yet-don’t count on Prius-like frugality.
As you’d figure, the flagship of a flagship brand comes loaded with hi-tech gizmos and gadgets. One of the most intriguing is the Parallel Park Assist dealie, which will supposedly park your land yacht for you-once you’ve found a space. Simply pull up next to the opening, press the button, and the system does the rest.
Further contributing to this car’s having the promised “highest level of comfort and convenience” are motorized headrests and sunshades in the rear passenger compartment, and a right rear seat that reclines 45 degrees, massages your aching back, and even comes complete with footrest.
Lexus also bragged about the build process for this long-wheelbase car, which includes two rounds of hand-sanding the paint, which itself is probably infused with 24-karat gold or something. Point is, this is an amazing car; a technological tour de force. Oh, right-it also comes with leather and wood.