Lexus LS 460 and 460L on sale starting October
Lexus has revealed the all-new 2007 LS 460 and the LS 460 L, the company’s first-ever long-wheelbase model. The fourth-generation LS blends new levels of performance, sophistication, contemporary styling, and luxury refinements while redefining the full-size luxury-sedan segment.
"The first LS that debuted in 1989 set new standards in luxury and refinement, and the new LS 460 continues that heritage," said Bob Carter, Lexus Division group vice president and general manager. "This vehicle required novel approaches in craftsmanship, innovative styling and pioneering production processes in order to deliver unmatched refinement and elegance."
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.
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.
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.
The 2007 Lexus LS 460 and LS 460 L, which go on sale in October 2006, will represent a strong value in their segments with dynamic styling, advanced technologies, increased size, and improved performance and craftsmanship.