|Police version of GS 450h.|
Following the successful trial of the Lexus RX 400h by Hampshire Police in August last year (earlier post), Wiltshire Constabulary will be the first police force in the UK to incorporate Lexus GS 450h to its fleet.
The GS 450h is a performance hybrid, combining a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with a high output electric motor. These systems combine to provide a maximum output of 341 hp achieving a 0-62 mph acceleration in 5.9 seconds.
The performance matches conventional V8 gasoline engines but has significantly lower fuel consumption (35.8 mpg Imperial, 30 mpg US combined European cycle) and CO2 emissions of 186 g/km.
The Lexus will be used by Wiltshire Police for varied traffic duties. The force is continuing to trial hybrid and environmentally friendly vehicles. The Lexus GS 450h gives the force the opportunity to operate a high performance hybrid vehicle in a demanding police role.—Steve Botham, Police Fleet Manager, Wiltshire Constabulary