After getting called out by Consumer Reports regarding the safety hazards that came with the Lexus GX 460, Lexus quickly pulled off a remarkably quick turn-around on the stability issues that plagued the SUV. The same ones that caused Consumer Reports to put the Lexus GX 460 on its "do not buy" list.
After discovering the problem for themselves, Lexus recalled all of the affected GX 460 models, fixed the problem, and sent the cars back out to their owners. And just to prove that they were completely on top of things, they even came out with a video comparison of what happens to the GX 460 when it makes a sharp turn. While it wasn’t as exaggerated as what CR described - the car had the potential to roll over - the over steer in the ’before’ shot caused a quick fish-tail movement in the GX 460, which, if you noticed, was already fixed in the after ’shot’. Of course, since this video was made by Toyota (Lexus’ parent company), we can’t know for sure if Consumer Reports was exaggerating the problem or if Toyota decided to "downplay" the problem. This Toyota scenario isn’t exactly far-fetched considering Toyota’s recent decision-making in regards to the inadequacy of their vehicles.
The German tuning house Sportservice Lorinser more often than not finds itself tailoring suits for Mercedes Benz models, but today they are trying a slightly different exercise, one with a little more VIP flare. The Lexus LS 460 is a far cry from the S Class luxury limousines that traditionally find themselves in Lorinser’s garage. No matter what the vehicle, Sportservice Lorinser is up to any task and is capable of getting the most out of any standard design.
Their upgrades to the LS consist mainly of aerodynamic treatments like a redesigned front spoiler and race inspired grill, Lorinser rear wing and new rear apron that frame the new double exhaust tips perfectly. The crown jewels of the Sportservice Lorinser LS 460 are the company’s signature lightweight alloys. The aero kit not only makes the LS look like more of a sports sedan, but it also gives the Japanese luxury car even more style.
For the most part, owners looking to modify their luxury sedans are all about the image being portrayed by their vehicle’s exterior. So for now, Lorinser has decided to leave the 4.6 Liter V8 alone. The factory rated 381 HP are more than enough to take the Sportservice Lorinser from 0 to 60 MPH in just 5.7 seconds. However this will not be the first and last time that the German tuners have a go at the Lexus LS, there will certainly be more to come from Lorinser for this Japanese vehicle in the near future.
Ever watched those TV commercials where a well-known branded product is pitied against its competition? I’d bet you have. It’s an effective way to drive home the point about the former superiority when compared to its fledging rival. But for top-seeded Lexus GS460 and newcomer 2009 Hyundai Genesis, the exact opposite occurs.
Stripped of its nameplate, the 2009 Hyundai Genesis looks identical with its Lexus counterpart. In fact, car enthusiasts say it’s almost an exact clone, and more—V8 engine, smooth aerodynamic designs, pure soft leather on dashboard and door panels, not to mention its seductive navigation system and multimedia accessories.
As for fuel efficiency, the newcomer trashes competition with a perfect 10. Genesis puts in a rated 368 horsepower using regular unleaded while Lexus chalks up 342 horsepower using premium. A significant savings in these times of rising gas prices.
So what’s the catch? Hyundai comes at an almost whooping 30% discount against its luxury counterpart. While Lexus sells at $50,000, a fully loaded Hyundai starts at $38,000. But the distinction doesn’t end there. It offers 5 years or 60,000 miles warranty compared to Lexus 4 years or 50,000 miles.
However, some car honchos believe that tag price is not the sole consideration when buying a sedan. The company image behind the car, personality, as well as impressions of power, play crucial purchase factors. And Lexus has all these stack in its favor.
My verdict? Hyundai rips an edge over its competition. Why would anyone settle for a bland carrot when he can have a whole burger at a much lesser cost?
Lexus has introduced the newest version of its GS luxury sport sedan range for 2008, the GS 460 with a new 342-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 and eight-speed automatic transmission. The GS 460 replaces the GS 430, providing more power and performance yet with similar fuel efficiency. Revised exterior styling details and enhanced interior luxury mark the GS range for 2008, which also includes the V6-powered GS 350 model and the only hybrid gasoline-electric in its segment, the GS 450h.