2007 Lexus LS 460

"The Lexus LS 460 was designed to expand the definition of the full-size luxury sedan," said Jim Press, Toyota Motor Sales president and COO. "The new LS is the product of an advanced production process developed specifically for this vehicle with remarkable new levels of accuracy, refinement, precision and craftsmanship. Considering our record for quality over the last 17 years, that’s quite a statement,” he
added.

High Output V8, World’s First Eight-Speed Transmission

The LS will be powered by an all-new highly advanced 4.6-liter V8 engine that will produce approximately 380 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque. Combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission, a world-first, the LS 460 will travel from zero-to-sixty miles per hour in less than 5.5 seconds. With that level of performance, the new LS will achieve an estimated combined city/highway mileage in the mid-20s. Lexus is targeting an Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle II (ULEV II) rating for the LS 460.

Lexus LS 460

Ultra-Advanced Dynamics

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) system.

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 controlled throttle.

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.

Lexus LS 460

First Long-Wheelbase Sedan

At nearly 203 inches, the long-wheelbase LS 460L provides an even higher level of comfort and convenience features along with some of the most advanced technology ever offered in a production automobile. The four-passenger compartment of the LS 460L transports its rear-seat passengers in an environment whose luxury features closely resemble those of a private jet.

Luxury, Redefined by Lexus

Intelligent technology and emotionally evocative design is clearly evident throughout the beautifully 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 wood-grain trims.

Rear occupants can relax and enjoy power reclining seats equipped with power leg rests and even a massage feature. The new LS even offers body-heat sensors that help maintain the perfect temperature for all occupants. 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 trunk lid.

Lexus LS 460

 “During the next few months, we’ll provide more details about the all-new Lexus LS 460 as we prepare to launch this highly anticipated sedan,” said Press. “If you like the way the LS looks, you’ll be even more impressed when you hear about its advanced safety and innovative technology,” he added.

The 2007 Lexus LS 460 and LS 460L are targeted for sale beginning in the fall of 2006.


Design

With the launch of the all-new LS, Lexus has adopted the new styling philosophy known as L-finesse across its entire sedan line-up. Fusing incisive simplicity and intriguing elegance, the design posture that began with the new GS luxury sport sedan has now sculpted the IS sport sedan, ES luxury sedan and the flagship LS.

With the all-new LS, Lexus elevated this philosophy. The exterior conveys greater prominence and strength, with a sense of quality and dignity befitting its position as Lexus’ premier flagship model.

Lexus LS 460

Styled at Toyota’s Global Design center in Tokyo, the LS uses complex lines and surfaces throughout the body. The vehicle not only portrays power but also an image of increasing speed. Minimal body gaps, a low front grille and deep drawn fenders all contribute to this look.

One of the defining elements of the LS 460’s appearance is the vehicle’s headlamps. The LS engineers wanted the projector-type xenon front lights to have thick walled lenses with crystal-like properties. To better understand the properties of a "crystal" lens the Chief Engineer and his team made a headlamp lens out of crystal. Data was gathered on everything from transparency and the refractive index of light, to surface roughness. Based on the resulting
data a new lens was molded and hand polished to reproduce the inherent look of crystal. In addition, the new headlamps reach 30-60 feet further than the lamps used on the previous generation LS.

Lexus LS 460

An interior cabin focused on spaciousness was created for the new LS to delicately wrap around its occupants. This passenger-focused space has dual elements of stability and security in the lower half while keeping a sense of expansion and openness in the upper cabin. All passenger touchpoints were softened to create a relaxed atmosphere, with additional stitching for a richer look. Center console layout was designed to achieve perfect angles for elemental ease of operation from either the driver’s or passenger’s seat; it is arranged at the same height as the door armrests for a comfortable balance. Additional standard wood and chrome trim has been adopted as well as refinements to the interior lighting to create a welcoming atmosphere.

To compliment the interior and exterior styling, special attention was given to the paint. To prepare the exterior body surface for paint, buffing robots are used. In the past, the robots moved only in two directions, up and down. For the LS, six-axis buffing robots with three-dimensional movements were built so that curved surfaces and ends can be polished as well. Six months were spent in developing the robots’ control logic to achieve the right amount of buffing force and oscillation.

Once the body has been smoothed, the painting process begins. During the application of alternating layers of paint and coatings, each LS will be hand-sanded twice. This smoothes and refines the painted surfaces and enhances the deep, mirror-like quality of the finish.

Lexus LS 460

A revolutionary production process was created, enhancing what was already widely recognized as the industry’s finest, in order to build a vehicle that would redefine craftsmanship. The new LS 460 and LS 460 L are the product of an all-new build process developed specifically for the LS line at the award-winning Tahara, Japan plant.

Extraordinary new levels of fit, finish, accuracy and refinement were created by combining the skill and knowledge with advanced technology. The all-new LS sedans showcase the Lexus belief that every element and phase of production is vital to the artistic evolution of an automobile.


World’s First Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission; New High Output V8

In order to achieve the combination of acceleration performance and excellent fuel consumption, an all-new 4.6-liter V8 engine mated to the world’s first eight-speed automatic transmission will power the new LS. Producing 380 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque, the innovative V8—Lexus’ first all-new V8 engine since the brand’s launch—features the world’s first electric-motor driven Variable Valve Timing with intelligence and Electronically controlled intake cam (VVT-iE). The dual VVT-i combination of electrically controlled intake and hydraulically controlled exhaust achieves superior engine-startup operation and high-output performance.

Lexus LS 460

A dual fuel-injection system, with both port and direct injection, sends an optimal air-fuel mixture to the combustion chamber, increasing efficiency. The dual-pipe intake system and an Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS) ensure the proper amount of intake airflow to support increased engine power, with no variation among the cylinders. Maximized engine performance and efficiency also demanded a reduction in exhaust interference. This is achieved via a semi-dual exhaust manifold that carries the exhaust gas in a smoother, more economical fashion.

The dual VVT-iE combination of electrically controlled intake and hydraulically controlled exhaust achieves superior engine-startup operation and high-output performance. The LS 460 will travel from zero to 60 miles per hour in approximately 5.4 seconds while achieving an estimated 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, 18 city/27 highway for the LS 460 L, by the EPA testing method. The LS sedans also achieve an Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle II (ULEV II) rating.

In an effort to create a more intelligent vehicle, Lexus has combined advanced active and passive safety technology into a consolidated system. Among the new active features on the LS is the next-generation Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) stability system, which integrates and manages a new Electronically Controlled Brake (ECB) system, Electronic Power Steering (EPS), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), and engine torque via the electronically controlled throttle. The driver can also choose to completely disable the VSC system via a console-mounted button. In addition to the active safety features, the new LS has eight standard airbags, including a twin-chamber front passenger airbag with both driver and passenger knee airbags, and a potential of ten airbags with option packages.

Lexus LS 460

The new 4.6-liter V8 achieves new levels of rotational balance and reduced friction. A mirror-like finish is polished on specific areas of the crankshaft to minimize the friction generated between the pistons and the crankshaft. In the final assembly stage, a motor cranks the engine to check for any vibration; after assembly, an accelerometer is mounted to the front and rear of the crankshaft to measure any rotational difference. The adoption of direct-injection noise reduction via urethane insulators, with a master technician implementing a final vibration and sound check on each engine in the final phase, has created superior levels of NVH reduction.

In order to fully utilize the engine performance while achieving the smooth acceleration worthy of Lexus’ flagship luxury sedan, the world’s first eight-speed automatic transmission was created for the new LS. This allows gear ratios that generate torque up to the tire-grip limitations on the low end yet maintain quietness and fuel economy on the high end. A new transmission-control system was developed in order to simultaneously release and connect the clutches involved when up shifting and negate gearshift shock.

Lexus LS 460

The LS 460 will travel from 0-to-60 miles per hour in approximately 5.4 seconds. With that level of performance, the new LS is estimated at 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway by the EPA testing method. Lexus is targeting an Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle II (ULEV II) rating for the LS.


Driving Performance and Safety

The new LS achieves a superior level of ride comfort independent of the harshness of the road conditions, and a confident drive performance with new innovations in body structure, steering and suspension.

The LS is built on a sophisticated new platform that maintains a delicate balance between ride comfort and responsive handling, utilizing the abundant powertrain output with smooth acceleration. This is accomplished via a new production-control network that can trace the precision of the body and subassembly based on the design data. All completed vehicles off the line are purpose driven by a skilled test driver to confirm riding comfort and steering response.

Lexus LS 460

A front and rear multi-link suspension system with superior adaptability to unevenness in road surfaces was adopted on the LS. Optional external cylinder-restriction air springs were developed to smoothly absorb shock, achieving ride comfort without roll sensation or vibration due to road conditions. An optional all-new air suspension control system achieves superb vehicle posture and stable driving performance with minimal pitching and rolling. The LS comes with standard 18-inch, nine-spoke aluminum alloy wheels and all-season tires.

The LS 460’s newly developed Electric Power Steering (EPS) incorporates a large output brushless motor with improved precision of the reduction gear, increased motor-driving voltage and efficiency of the controller. It offers a smooth steering feel that supports the adoption of the multi-link suspension and large-diameter tires. The EPS motor power was increased to create a steering feel that responds to the driver’s touch and provides a responsive feel when cornering.

Integrated into the steering-gear housing on vehicles with the air-suspension option, Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) optimizes the steering-gear ratio according to vehicle speed to help enhance responsiveness and driver control. VGRS also partners with a next-generation Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system, making minor adjustments to front-wheel angle for improved control in challenging road conditions.

Lexus LS 460

The LS features a lightweight body that has a strong resistance to torsion, contributing to the sedan’s performance and fuel economy. It was designed to provide a comfortable space without generating or transmitting vibration. In order to achieve a body structure that contributes to the driving performance, spot welds in the door corner areas were increased and laser welding was implemented for reinforcement, increasing the body’s strength against torsion. In order to confirm and guarantee precision at each step of the process, an innovative production-control measurement system verifies each measurement with the design data, creating a body constructed without unnecessary gaps.

In an effort to create a more intelligent vehicle, Lexus has combined advanced active and passive safety technology into one integrated system. This achieves rapid response that helps predict situations and implement actions, which will help to assist the driver and passengers at an even higher level.

Among the new active features on the LS is the next generation Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) stability system, which integrates and manages a new Electronically Controlled Brake (ECB) system, Electronic Power Steering (EPS), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Antilock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and engine torque via the electronically controlled throttle.

Lexus LS 460

Monitoring a variety of sensors, the system anticipates the onset of a vehicle skid or slide while cornering and then helps correct the situation with a combination of braking, throttle and steering control in a way that is essentially transparent to the driver. The new VDIM system gathers data from more sources, processed earlier and faster than in previous designs, which helps make the system even more seamless and effective. VSC can also be turned off by the driver via the Trac Off button.

Overall, there are eight standard airbags, with maximum of eleven airbags with option packages.


Luxury Redefined with Unique Hospitality

The new LS approaches comfort and convenience from a new angle, redefining luxury. This was accomplished with an ideal mix of technology and evocative design, creating an experience of welcoming hospitality that makes passengers feel like they are traveling in a private jet.

The long-wheelbase LS 460 L brings with it 4.8 inches of additional space and a long list of outstanding standard conveniences, including Gen 5 Lexus Navigation with XM factory-installed satellite radio with real-time traffic, climate-controlled front seats, heated rear seats, a new heated steering wheel, power rear sunshade, a new one-touch open/close power trunk, power door closers, headlamp washers, and laminated side glass, which is exclusive to the long wheelbase.

Lexus LS 460

The Luxury Package includes upgraded semi-aniline leather with leather trim door armrests, an ecsaine headliner, power rear seats with power and memory headrests, rear climate-controlled seats, and rear side-impact airbags.

A Rear Seat Upgrade package features dual-zone rear air conditioning with air purifier and additional rear air ducts, added wood trim, rear cool box, rear power-door sunshades, and rear audio controls.

A sport-tuned air suspension highlights the Touring Package, which incorporates 19-inch five-spoke wheels and summer tires, Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS), and high-friction-coefficient brake pads with larger rotors.

The Executive Class Seating Package includes a rear-seat entertainment system featuring the world’s first ceiling-mounted 3.0 VGA high-quality display with a nine-inch screen, which operates with an electronic-motor open/close function. In addition, a four-zone independent front and rear A/C with air purification and the world’s first ceiling climate diffusers, rear-door power sunshades with a fixed rear console and foldout table, and a right rear-seat recliner with ottoman leg rest. A multi-function massage feature includes an enhanced massage mode for the right-rear seat. Created through the use of eight small airbags operated by a compressor in the trunk, it can be used separately or in conjunction with the seat heater and cooler.

While the standard rear seat has a built-in 28-degree angle, the available ottoman seat reclines up to 45 degrees with Lexus’ first upper-back recliner featuring a 17-degree angle adjustment. In addition, the available left-rear power seat also reclines 38 degrees, and the rear seat moves front to back approximately three inches. The climate control is further upgraded with three infrared sensors located in the headliner that measure the lap, upper body and seat on each side and then adjust airflow appropriately.

Lexus LS 460

The LS steering wheel was designed to achieve unprecedented feel, comfort and a luxurious image. Genuine leather trim is buffed twice the norm to create a supple touch; water-based dye is utilized for a more natural feel. A whip-stitch pattern is incorporated to ensure a smooth wheel without any unevenness or jumps in the stitch. In addition, Lexus created a revolutionary new steering-wheel heating mechanism to provide warmth the moment the button is pressed with no variation in temperature regardless of where the wheel is gripped.

The new Navigation system includes a hard disk drive (HDD) for faster calculations and the Bluetooth® technology features voice input of telephone numbers while driving. The HDD computer hard drive dedicates a portion of its capacity for navigation when equipped with the Mark Levinson® system to store as many as 2,000 digital songs. An auxiliary jack located in the front center console allows for iPod or MP3/WMA capable digital music players while a new specially developed 19-speaker Mark Levinson® Reference Surround sound audio system is available, creating a new benchmark for automotive sound systems with its theater-level entertainment experience.

The all-new LS sedans offer the Advanced Parking Guidance System (APGS) as an option to assist with parallel and back-in parking. Once the driver has correctly positioned the car and identified the desired parking spot via the Nav screen, APGS utilizes the back-up camera and the parking sonar sensors and electric power steering system to automatically guide the car into the spot, while the driver controls speed via braking.

The new LS includes an intelligent Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS), which allows both the inbound and outbound headlights to swivel in the direction of a turn. A new automatic electric parking brake system, which eliminates the chore of pressing a foot-operated pedal, is standard for added comfort and convenience.

Lexus LS 460

The interior cabin of the LS demanded not only exceptional silence, but the quality of the sounds had to be pleasing to the occupants. Extensive study was done to ensure the sound emanating from the doors when opening and closing had a sense of luxury reminiscent of skillfully crafted wood doors in a home.

The LS also features a number of power functions to create a sense of hospitality, yet the sheer number of motors could have decreased the pleasant surroundings of the hushed cabin. This was minimized by targeting an optimized tone from each motor and achieving the objective via high-precision assembly parts and processes. One example is new one-touch power window motors that reduce speed near their closure to lower noise and create a more pleasant sound.


Devils, Details And L-Finesse

It might be tempting to dismiss the difficulty of building a successful luxury car. After all, the components are easy to catalog: it must have a comfortable and quiet passenger compartment, be based on a reliable and high-performing chassis and drive train, and look terrific.

As always, though, the devil is in the details. How do you actually make a vehicle look terrific? How do you make sure it continues to be aesthetically after it launches?

These questions occupied the minds of Lexus designers as they considered and conceived dynamic styling of the all-new Lexus LS models: the LS 460, LS 460 L, and the LS 600h L. The answers were not as easy to find or as obvious as one might think.

Lexus LS 460

As Lexus designers looked for the proper and appropriate design solutions while working on the next-generation flagship LS, they had two secret weapons in their collective quiver of design tools.

First, they had something called L-finesse. Using the L-finesse precept, they developed the direction in which they needed to go to craft one of the most striking and memorable automobiles ever seen. Second, they had Yo Hiruta, the chief designer of the LS interior and exterior.

L-finesse is at once a simple concept and one that is difficult to explain. The "L" of L-finesse stands for leading-edge, which Lexus officials state has been a hallmark of the brand since redefining the luxury automobile market with its launch in 1989. "Finesse" is typified by striking design, with an air of mystery and elegance.

"Lexus is famous for its specification, for the numbers, for its quietness," said Simon Humphries, project manager at Toyota Toyota Motor Corporation’s Global Design Division in Japan. "We needed to spend much more time on the character, the personality, of the brand. This was particularly relevant to design. L-finesse is everything that can’t be measured by numbers and specifications. It is what’s intangible about Lexus. We’ve tried to define that to guide Lexus in a direction that is unique in the marketplace."

Using this philosophy, designers sought what they call "incisive simplicity," the removal of extraneous elements to reveal condensed purity and beauty. They also sought "intriguing elegance," a careful juxtaposition of opposing elements that creates an experience filled with depth and a profound, mysterious beauty. The result was a luxury automobile that speaks to the hearts and minds of the American consumer.

Lexus LS 460

"Before L-finesse each car [in the line] had many different concepts," said Hiruta. "Each car was very different. L-finesse provided a constancy of design, but not an identical approach to all." This bold personality is reflected throughout the Lexus sedan line up—the GS, ES, IS and now the forthcoming LS series—but realized in each in different ways.

"The LS’ face is a very purposeful design statement—it’s resolute, determined, dynamic," stated Hiruta." This is done with a high placement of the headlamps, instead of having them in the same horizontal plane as the grille. We wanted to provide a sporty look, a look that didn’t say ’prestige’ quite so obviously. The special design cues used on the new LS models aren’t limited to their face. They continue throughout the entire design of the car."

"The character lines in the sheet metal come from inside, as though they were pushed out by muscle," cited Hiruta. "The look is trained, not over trained. It’s a look that says performance rather than show; a very Japanese way of expressing strength and beauty."

"We’re a Japanese company so we thought we should find a unique approach related to Japanese culture and history," said Hiruta. "The Japanese way is to be elegant, understated, simple, interesting. Dynamic visual contrast creates excitement, but avoids exaggeration, which is critical to the Lexus character."

To help crystallize their design thinking, Hiruta and his team worked on an interplay between three Japanese characters arranged in a triangle. The characters represented artistry, intelligence and perfection. They were the reference points of the LS’ design.

"Artistic, distinct, unique—that’s the right side of the brain," explained Hiruta. "Intelligent, calculated, things made perfect—that’s the left brain. We use both sides of the brain to make a flawless, perfect product. If it’s too left-brain, it’s boring. If it’s too right-brain, it’s too chaotic. We wanted a balance—striking, unparalleled elegance."

Lexus LS 460

"Whether the observer is a right-brained person or a left-brained person, the L-finesse design philosophy has culminated in the LS’ uniqueness and its distinctiveness from the other luxury brands," said Hiruta.

The result of the work done by Hiruta and his team presents a gratifying unity of style that derives as much from its careful details as it does from those muscular character lines.

One of the most important design details found on the all-new LS, and the other
L-finesse-styled sedans, is what Hiruta and his fellow designers call the arrowhead shape. This involves repeated use of an unequal-sided triangle, or arrowhead, at the grille ends, the fore and aft sections of the window trim, and elsewhere in the vehicle. It is a subtle and unique visual effect that is easy to take for granted until one begins to recognize how the lines flow from the arrowhead shape, fluidly tying the design together.

"The arrowhead shape is a good example of L-finesse," added Humphries. "It’s not something we pulled out of a hat and said, ’Yeah, this is going to be a Lexus design cue.’ It was something it was born from the process. This is very important, if it’s not born from the process then it really has no meaning. The arrowhead within the window graphic detail gave us an advantage in creating simplicity—two very sharp borderlines. On the other hand, the elegance is represented by a very soft inner line, and this symbolizes the contrast in the design language. So we see the arrowhead cue as not something that’s been decided, but something that’s evolving over time."

Lexus LS 460

"The angularity of the arrowhead shape is contrasted against the LS’ continuous flowing lines, and in the contrast between larger surfaces and smaller, compressed surfaces—indeed, looking at the surface of the LS is similar to looking at the contrasting surfaces of the human body," said Hiruta.

"It’s like the inside of your wrist, where smooth skin is interrupted by the contours of bone and tendon," continued Hiruta. "What’s important is that the lines feel different from each viewing angle. When you change the viewing angle, you get a different impression of the shape. The character is very three-dimensional."

Another example of the intense detail that went into the design of the LS is the side-window molding.

"This was the most expensive design cost on the car," said Hiruta. "It’s die cast, not extruded. It is hand-polished, then chromed. What’s very important about it is that the piece’s width changes over its long span. It also shows the arrowhead detail front and rear. Finally, it’s just two pieces, front and rear."

Why go to this trouble? That is an easy answer for Hiruta.

"We wanted to make it perfect," said Hiruta. "When you stand in front of the door, this molding is the most important part. So we made a large investment on this part. It’s beautiful. It’s like a piece of art."

The LS lamps, front and rear, also are pieces of art, but art with a hint of anthropomorphism.

"It’s the only one like it in the world," said Hiruta of the LS headlamp. "It’s like a big eye. And there’s an L-shape in the clearance light, there in the bottom, inside the headlight bucket."

"The taillamp is also very detailed, with three L-shaped neon-like sweeps in the lens," he continued. "Small touches like these L-hints, all suggested by careful consideration of the L-finesse philosophy, are important." However, they come with a cost.

Lexus LS 460

"The ratio of design cost to total car cost is higher for Lexus than for other cars," declared Hiruta. The design team paid careful attention to detail, adhered to L-finesse, and dedicated many hours to this project.

This invaluable attention to detail was of critical importance. "The performance and quality between the top brands is very close," said Hiruta. "The other companies are improving their quality. Lexus will try to stay at the top level and the way to do this is through design."

"We’re trying to create objects that are not obvious on the first viewing, but that will make our customers want to spend time with them, move around them, trace the lines throughout the car," said Humphries. "We’re trying to create something that will give the customer a long-lasting experience with his vehicle."

Only time will tell, naturally, but on the surface, it appears that Hiruta, Humphries and their design teams have succeeded with the all-new Lexus LS models.


LS Chronology


Fall 1984 – The "F1" project is well underway. "F1" is Toyota’s code for flagship luxury car of the highest order. Shoiji Jimbo and Ichiro Suzuki head a large engineering team to develop this ultra-important new car.

May 1985 – Lexus conducts its first study of the American market with a team headed by Jimbo attending focus groups and interviewing dealers in major markets. A separate five-person team moves to Laguna Beach, Calif. to study lifestyles and integrate design concepts suited for American customers.

Lexus LS 460

July 1985 – The first of 450 running prototypes is built, representing the work of 60 designers, 24 engineering teams, 1,400 engineers, 2,300 technicians and 220 support workers.

May 1986
– Tests are conducted on the Autobahn in Germany.

September 1986
– Ten months of extensive evaluation on American roads begins, resulting in numerous improvements in line with the U.S. environment and customer needs.

May 1987
– The final design of the F1 is approved after eight previous presentations to management – far more than customary.

August 1988
– Roger Penske, the renowned racing team owner and soon-to-be Lexus dealer, goes to Japan to test-drive the F1.

November 1988
– The F1 is designated the LS 400, "LS" meaning Luxury Sedan, and "400" for the 4.0-liter V8 engine.

January 1989 – The LS 400 makes its American debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit and the Los Angeles Auto Show.

May 1989 – The first production LS 400 rolls off the assembly line at Lexus’ Tahara plant in Japan.

September 1989 – The LS 400 goes on sale to the public and is very well received. In the first month 2,919 LS 400s are sold.

Lexus LS 460

December 1989 – Lexus initiates a special service campaign. Although aware of only one consumer contact regarding a cruise control malfunction and several complaints of stoplight housing distortion, Lexus elects to recall all 8,000 LS 400s sold to check items. Dealers contact owners individually and quickly make repairs. Rather than being viewed negatively, Lexus is credited with setting a new standard in personalized service.

September 1992 – A "freshened" LS 400 debuts with more than 50 changes, many as a direct response to dealer and customer requests.

November 1994 – Completely redesigned second generation 1995 LS 400 goes on sale.

March 1997 – Lexus and Coach, the renowned manufacturer of distinguished leather products, announce the production of a distinctive limited edition LS 400 sedan.

September 1997 – Lexus introduces a redesigned LS 400 featuring Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVTi) engine for higher performance, dozens of additional features and freshened styling. Despite the numerous upgrades the LS price remains the same as the previous year, enhancing its overall value.

January 2000 – Lexus unveils the 2001 LS 430 flagship sedan at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

October 2000 – The LS 430, the third generation Lexus flagship sedan, goes on sale. In addition to upgrading its V8 to 4.3 liters, the new vehicle sets a new benchmark for luxury and technology. Features include Intuitive Park Assist, Dynamic Laser Cruise Control, heated/cooled front seats and a beverage cooler between the two rear seats. The 2001 LS 430 also offered a Mark Levinson sound system, which made Lexus the first and only automaker to offer an OEM mobile audio system designed by Levinson.

Lexus LS 460

September 2003 – The LS 430 debuts as a thoroughly revised model for 2004, with exterior restyling, a new 6-speed automatic transmission, and additional safety and luxury features. The three generations of Lexus LS Lexus LS sedans have garnered more awards for quality than any other luxury car and received the J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability StudySM every year that they have been eligible.

January 2006 – The 2007 LS 460 is unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit along with the LS 460 L, the first long-wheelbase model for Lexus. The fourth-generation LS features the world’s first automatic eight-speed transmission.

April 2006 – The 2008 LS 600h L is revealed at the New York International Auto Show, introducing the world’s first full hybrid V8 powertrain.


Pricing and options

The fourth-generation LS blends new levels of performance, sophistication, contemporary styling, and luxury refinements while redefining the full-size luxury-sedan segment. With a base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $61,000 for the LS 460 and $71,000 for the LS 460 L, Lexus’ new flagship luxury sedans will represent a compelling value in their segments.

LS 460


Base MSRP: $61,000

Comfort Package  $1,290

  • Heated steering wheel  
  • Climate comfort front seats with heat/cool knob  
  • Heated rear seats  
  • Power rear sunshade  
  • Headlamp washers
Lexus LS 460

Comfort Plus Package  $3,620

  • Heated steering wheel  
  • Climate comfort front and rear seats with heat/cool knob  
  • Power rear seats with memory and power headrests  
  • Power rear sunshade  
  • Headlamp washers  
  • Rear-seat side airbags (SRS)


Navigation System/Advanced Parking Guidance System Package (requires Intuitive Parking Assist) $3,815

  • Advanced Parking Guidance System  
  • Lexus voice-activated HDD Navigation System with backup camera, Bluetooth® technology, XM® Satellite Radio and Real-Time Traffic capability (includes 90-day trial subscription)


Navigation System/Mark Levinson Premium Audio System Package  $5,645

  • Lexus voice-activated HDD Navigation System with backup camera, Bluetooth® technology, XM® Satellite Radio and Real-Time Traffic capability (includes 90-day trial subscription) 
  • Mark Levinson 19-speaker 450-watt @ 0.1% THD 20-20,000 Hz Reference Surround Sound Audio System with Hard Disk Drive, 7.1 architecture and in-dash, single-feed, six-disc DVD/CD auto-changer featuring DVD-audio and DVD-video playback
Lexus LS 460

Navigation System/Mark Levinson Premium Audio System/Advanced Parking Guidance System Package (requires Intuitive Parking Assist)  $6,345

  • Advanced Parking Guidance System  
  • Lexus voice-activated HDD Navigation System with backup camera, Bluetooth® technology, XM® Satellite Radio and Real-Time Traffic capability (includes 90-day trial subscription)  
  • Mark Levinson 19-speaker 450-watt @ 0.1% THD 20-20,000 Hz Reference Surround Sound Audio System with Hard Disk Drive, 7.1 architecture and in-dash, single-feed, six-disc DVD/CD auto-changer featuring DVD-audio and DVD-video playback

Options and Accessories
  

  • Lexus voice-activated HDD Navigation System with backup camera, Bluetooth® technology, XM® Satellite Radio and Real-Time Traffic capability (includes 90-day trial subscription) $3,115
  • Lexus Pre-Collision System (PCS) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control $2,850
  • 18-in Teleios alloy wheels (Available 1st Quarter 2007) $1,975
  • Lexus Link®  $900
  • Intuitive Parking Assist $500
  • Power door closers and power rear trunk $395
  • All-weather floor mats $99
  • Trunk mats $89
  • Wheel locks $79
  • Cargo net $59
Lexus LS 460

LS460 L


Base MSRP: $71,000

Rear-Seat Upgrade Package (requires Luxury Package)  $1,625

  • Four-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter, smog sensor and automatic recirculation mode  
  • Rear-seat air purifier  
  • Rear-seat audio controls  
  • Rear-seat cool box  
  • Power rear-door sunshades  

   
Luxury Package $2,780

  • Semi-aniline leather-trimmed interior  
  • Climate comfort rear seats with heat/cool knob  
  • Power rear seats with memory and power headrests  
  • Ecsaine headliner  
  • Rear-seat side airbags (SRS)  

   
Touring Package $2,985

  • 19 x 8.0-in alloy wheels with 245/45R19 Y-rated Summer tires
  • Variable Gear-Ratio Steering (VGRS)  
  • Adaptive Variable Air Suspension (AVS)  
  • High-friction brakes with larger rotors 
Lexus LS 460

Executive-Class Seating Package (special order only) $12,675

  • Four-person seating with rear fixed console  
  • Semi-aniline leather-trimmed interior  
  • Four-zone automatic climate control with rear-seat infrared temperature sensor, interior air filter, smog sensor and automatic recirculation mode  
  • Rear-seat air purifier  
  • Right-rear power recliner with multi-function massager and legrest
  • Climate comfort rear seats with heat/cool knob  
  • Rear seat wood-trimmed table  
  • Lexus DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System (RSES) with power nine-inch screen and wireless headphones
  • Rear-seat audio controls  
  • Rear-seat cool box  
  • Power rear-door sunshades  
  • Ecsaine headliner  
  • Rear-seat side airbags (SRS)

   
Options and Accessories
  

  • Lexus Pre-Collision System (PCS) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control $2,850
  • Mark Levinson 19-speaker 450-watt @ 0.1% THD 20-20,000 Hz Reference Surround Sound Audio System with Hard Disk Drive, 7.1 architecture and in-dash, single-feed, six-disc DVD/CD auto-changer featuring DVD-audio and DVD-video playback $2,530
  • Adaptive Variable Air Suspension (AVS) and Variable Gear-Ratio Steering (VGRS) $2,120
  • 18-in Teleios alloy wheels (Available 1st Quarter 2007) $1,975
  • Lexus Link® $900
  • Advanced Parking Guidance System (requires Intuitive Parking Assist) $700
  • Intuitive Parking Assist $500
  • All-weather floor mats $99
  • Trunk mats $89
  • Wheel locks $79
  • Cargo net $59

 


3 comments:

All I know is that this car is going to be the next BA luxury car. It can even park itself with sensor technology.

Does anyone proof this website? you state that the LS460L s/b more curvy and spotty Looking? Also we received a brochure in the mail re: this car. It gave us a website that doesn’t seem to exist. The website was .

The brochure also states that the engine is a 5.0 liter with 430 h.p. What gives

As soon as possible, the Lexus LS 460L should be AWD. 2WD for this car of high caliber aint just fit the picture.
Also the general outward shape appearance of this flagship is too ’’slabby’’ or ’’blocky’’ like the Mercedes benz. It should be more curvy and spotty looking like its IS 250 counterpart despite its immense size which should still be maintained.

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