2007 Lexus LS460: First Look
Motoring Channel Staff - 12/Jan/2006
2007 Lexus LS460
The new Lexus LS460 gets an 8-speed auto,
transferring 280kW of power to the rear wheels
Rear passengers are pampered: reclining seats with
a massage function, a 9-inch LCD viewing screen and
advanced climate control are a few of the features
Click here for more up-to-date details on the Lexus LS460.
In the automotive industry, world firsts are most often the
reserve of 100 year old German automakers, but at the 2006
NAIAS, the biggest motor show in America, it was the Japanese
who were making the big waves.
Much to the annoyance of Mercedes-Benz, Lexus released its
new LS460 flagship luxury saloon, which features an 8-speed
automatic transmission - a feat it rightly claims as a world
Lexus also brings the ageing LS range into the new millennium;
the LS460's styling builds on the success of the GS range,
which has been selling above expection. The LS460's longer,
wider body adds import, while headlights and grille are similar
to those seen in the IS range, supplying it with a more confident
The new 2007 model LS is powered by an all-new highly advanced
front-mounted 4.6-litre V8 engine that produces 280kW (380
horsepower) and 500Nm of torque.
Combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission driving the
rear wheels, the LS 460 will travel from 0-100km/h in 5.5
With that level of performance, explains Lexus, the new LS
achieves an estimated combined city/highway mileage in the
mid-20s (miles per gallon). Lexus is targeting an Ultra-Low
Emissions Vehicle II (ULEV II) rating for the LS 460, which
is expected to arrive in Australia late in 2006/early 2007,
priced above $200,000.
Lexus has revealed that the new LS is built on a sophisticated
platform that maintains a delicate balance between ride comfort
and responsive handling. The completely redesigned multilink
suspension system includes an electronic power steering system
and a next-generation Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management
VDIM is an advanced stability system that integrates and
manages a new Electronically Controlled Brake (ECB) system,
Electronic Power Steering (EPS), Vehicle Stability Control
(VSC), Antilock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Electronic
Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and engine torque via the electronically
Monitoring a variety of sensors, the system is designed to
anticipate the onset of a vehicle skid or slide and then help
correct the situation with a combination of braking, throttle
and steering control in a way that is essentially transparent
to the driver. Data is gathered from more sources and processed
earlier and faster than in previous designs, helping to make
VDIM less obtrusive and even more effective.
Intelligent technology and what Lexus calls emotionally evocative
design is evident throughout the impressively appointed cabin
of the new LS sedans. Extra luxury and comfort touches include
a heated steering wheel and seats swathed in one of four tones
of semi-aniline leathers matched to one of three coordinating
Rear occupants can relax and enjoy power reclining seats
- once only the domain of super high-end vehicles such as
the Maybach - which are equipped with power leg rests and
even a massage feature for when the stress builds up. The
new LS even offers body-heat sensors hidden in the roof lining
that help maintain the perfect temperature for all occupants
by monitoring facial temperatures.
A fold-away table matched to the interior wood grain provides
ample work space for rear passengers. The LS also features
a nine-inch headliner-mounted rear-screen monitor along with
an all-new 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system that provides
a true theater-level entertainment experience.
Additional luxury convenience features include a power rear-door
closer and an automatic-powered opening/closing boot lid.
Lexus already has a strong foothold in the US market, and
from all angles the new LS flagship from could well be the
onion in the ointment that Audi, BMW and Mercedes are not
looking forward to.