Lexus has unveiled the LS600h L ? a performance hybrid version of its new flagship sedan ? at the 2006 New York International Auto Show. Scheduled to arrive in Spring 2007, it will be the world's first vehicle of any class or category to feature a full hybrid V8 powertrain. The LS 600h will combine an all-new five-litre V8 gas engine with combined massive, high-output electric motors and a newly designed large-capacity battery pack. It will deliver a peak, combined output of more than 430 horsepower. As a SULEV-rated (Super Low Emissions) vehicle, LS600h is estimated to produce just 20 per cent of the smog-forming emissions of a conventional five-litre V8. Power is delivered to the wheels via a 2-stange ECVT transmission. It also has the first LED front headlights of any production vehicle.
Obviously, I wouldn't want one, but it's nice to see the technology in action.
Hmmmm, math time :
20% of a V8 => 20% * 8 => 0.2 * 8 = 1.6 => V1.6
20% of a 5.0 liter => 1.0 liter.
Sooooooo, it's emissions are the same as a "2 cylinder 1.0 liter" car.