Originally Posted by ProV1x
lexus is going ballsout - just released Lexus LS600 hL, $104,000. they're going after the different crowd w/ the obsession towards zero noise & gas mileage. they've already pre-sold every unit allowed for the next year. if u told me i'd see a toyota costing over $100k 5 yrs ago i would've told u to stop taking drugs!!
Is Mercedes-Benz working on anything to compete with this:
2008 Lexus LS600hL - 2006 New York Auto Show Photos & Coverage - Motor Trend
The "h" in the name stands for hybrid, with two high-output electric motors complementing a new, 5.0-liter direct-gas-injection V-8 putting the power through a dual-stage continuously variable transmission down to all four wheels, all the time. The "600" refers to the power. Lexus says the V-8/hybrid combo equals modern V-12 power, more than 430 horsepower and a 5.2-second 0-60 mph time. It also will have best-in-class V-8 fuel economy, Lexus says, and expected SULEV emissions rating. And the "L" equals the long-wheelbase version of LS, which adds nearly five inches to rear legroom.
There's a rear-window sunshade, optional two-seat rear console configuration with a foldout table, and 45-degree reclining rear seats with a multi-function, massaging footrest, plus a 19-speaker, 450-watt Mark Levinson audio system. Safety features include a pre-safe advanced pre-collision system that tightens up the belts and sharpens the steering responses for an impending collision. And here's where it gets almost, well, creepy. Two small cameras monitor for cars, people, and other solid objects that could cause a collision, and a third camera monitors the driver's head. If his or her eyes don't seem to be on the object ahead, the LS gives the driver a warning chime and flashing light, then gently applies brakes, then amplifies their intensity. It'll be built with Toyota's self-parking system, but it's not certain yet that it will be approved for U.S. sales.
Oh yeah, and Lexus threw in a bit of, ahem, hyperbole. The 2008 Lexus LS600hL has about half the noise, vibration, and harshness of competitive luxury cars, it says. All you'll hear will be the whirring of servos. Consider yourself warned.