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2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport Review & Test Drive 6
Sep
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, LEXUS, Lexus LS460, Test Drives on 09 6th, 2013
2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport Beauty Right Done Small

2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport Beauty Right Done Small

‘LUXURY TWEAKED WITH MORE SPORTY STYLING AND PERFORMANCE’

The Lexus flagship LS 460 has always had the reputation for the ultimate in luxury with a quiet, comfortable cabin and a smooth ride.  The all-new LS 460 F SPORT brings more performance, styling and interior sporty cues by combining a more aggressive exterior with a unique interior featuring F SPORT bucket seats with larger side bolsters, a sporty leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters an F SPORT medallion and  aluminum foot pedals.   The sport-tuned air suspension offers five-different suspension settings, and the chassis has been lowered 0.4 inches.  This new LS 460 also comes with a Torsen limited slip rear differential, Brembo six-piston calipers up front and rides on 19 inch forged alloy wheels with summer or all-season high-performance tires.  After my seven day test drive, the new LS F SPORT is the most engaging and fun-to-drive LS 460 I have ever tested.  Even though the new LS 460 F SPORT is exciting to drive, it doesn’t lose any of the premium luxury attributes that make the LS 460 one of the world’s great full-size luxury cars.

2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport Beauty Side Done Small

Like all new LS 460 models, the body rigidity has been strengthened to enhance stability and a more comfortable ride.  Pitch and bounce control has been improved by adopting new frequency dependent shocks resulting in an even flatter, road-hugging ride.  Revised electric power-assisted rack & pinion steering offers improvements in accuracy and turn-in response.  The braking system has been adjusted for more immediate power and great pedal feel. The all-new LS 460 F SPORT model does that and more inside and outside.

2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport Beauty Rear Done Small

The inverted trapezoidal three-dimensional black mesh upper grille is huge and the slanted upper grille has been combined and integrated into a single element to create a more prominent spindle shape with a full chrome surround.   The sides of the lower bumper features LED foglamps and wide open tunnels that channel cool air to the giant 14 inch front vented discs.  The large Xenon HID headlamps are adaptive for added night driving safety and the arrow-shaped LED daytime running lamps just adds to the aggressive front end.  Also up front is a splitter jutting out form the lower front grille and a flat underbody panel that keeps the LS 460 F SPORT glued to the ground further enhanced by its low 4.7 inch ground clearance.

From the side are steeply raked windshield A-pillars, aero-styled power-remote/heated/power-folding sideview mirrors, a flat roof, deep side extensions, chrome pull-out door handles and a wide chrome strip around the greenhouse and door bottoms.  An F SPORT badge is placed on each front fender.  Out the rear are large, wraparound LED lamp clusters and a chrome-plated bar running along the bottom edge of the rear bumper that accentuates the lowered center of gravity.  You’ll also see a diffuser in the center of the wide, polished dual exhaust tips.  A lip spoiler at the end of the trunk lid further enhances rear downforce.  This stunning ‘sculpted from a solid piece of metal’ LS 460 F SPORT cuts through the air with an amazing 0.26 coefficient of drag.  a truly world class number and unique aggressive look from any angle.

2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport Engine Done Small

The 4.6 liter, 32-valve, all-aluminum DOHC V engine features VVT-iE with an electronically controlled intake and an electronically controlled direct sequential fuel injection system.  It now generates 386 hp at 6,400 rpm and a solid 367 lb.ft. of torque at 4,100 rpm.  This potent V8 engine is mated to an eight-speed sequential shift gearbox with paddle shifter mounted onto the steering wheel for better action, and a limited slip differential that puts all of the power and torque on the pavement.

What really differentiates the all-new F SPORT from the standard LS 460 is the sport-tuned air suspension.  Up front is a multi-link setup with air springs, new frequency dependent gas-filled shocks and a stabilizer bar.  The rear is a double-joint setup with air springs, new frequency dependent gas-filled shocks and a stabilizer bar.  The new air suspension with the variable gear ratio rack & pinion steering system automatically adjusts the damping force for optimal comfort and performance.  The suspension system has four settings: Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport S and Sport S+.  You can quickly change the setting as you like the car to respond to your driving inputs by simply turning a large dial on the center console.  The variable gear ratio power-assisted rack & pinion steering system features 2.3-3.5 turns lock-to-lock and 11.1-17.0:1 overall ratio.  It smoothly and quickly responds to my steering input whether I am attacking steep curving roads, or passing cars at high-speed on the highways.  Awesome acceleration from 0 to 60mph takes just 5.3 sec.  That is not bad for a full-size sedan weighing 4,277 pounds.

2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport Beauty Headon Done Small

Also separating the LS 460 F SPORT from the standard LS460 are the huge brakes that quickly and safely slows the car down from speed.  Up front are 14 inch vented discs clamped with Brembo six-piston calipers and 13.8 inch vented discs clamped with dual-piston calipers in the rear.  These brakes are enhanced with standard ABS, EBD and BA with a special calibration of the VDIM (vehicle dynamics integrated management) system.  Further separating the LS 460 F SPORT are the massive 19X8 inch forged aluminum alloy wheels wrapped with Bridgestone Turanza 245/45R19 inch summer or all-season high-performance tires for a smooth, quiet ride and incredible grip.

2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport Dashboard Done Small

The interior of the LS 460 F SPORT is also different from the standard LS 460.  The wide opening doors reveal a leather trimmed interior with excellent attention to detail.  Instead of wood trim on the dashboard, steering wheel and door switch plates, the F SPORT features real aluminum pieces plus black piano veneer found on the center console and door switch plates.  The front bucket seats have extra side bolstering to keep me and my front seat passenger snug during spirited cornering maneuvers and are heated and cooled.  The leather-trimmed and perforated steering wheel feels perfect in my hands and features power tilt/ telescopic for the perfect reach and angle to better use the wheel.   Also found only inside the LS 460 F SPORT are aluminum-faced foot pedals and foot rest.  The stick shifter is also wrapped in leather and is easy to work if I didn’t want to use the paddle shifters.  Other than these F SPORT exclusive features the LS 460 F SPORT comes complete  with all of the features that make the flagship Lexus one of the world’s great luxury sedans.  Standard features include all express up/down power windows, door locks, self-dimming rearview mirror, power trunk opener, remote fuel filler door, carpeted floor mats, cargo floor mat, power seatbelt shoulder height adjusters up front, three-position memory for me and my front passenger, a giant 12.3 inch color display, a beautiful Lexus analog clock with GPS functionality, dynamic radar cruise control, electroluminescent gauges, HomeLink programmable garage door opener, remote touch interface, SmartAccess with push button start/stop, map pockets behind the front seatbacks, TFT color multi-information trip computer display, 12 volt outlet in center console, dual cupholders, dual-zone front climate control with smog sensor and automatic recirculation control, easy entry/exit driver’s seat, first aid kit, individual vanity mirrors front and rear, Lexus HDD navigation with backup monitor, Bluetooth hands free phone with automatic phonebook download capabilities, Lexus Enform with safety connect enhanced roadside assistance, intuitive park assist, acoustic glass windshield, high-strength steel alloy and ultra-high strength sheet metal used in the body structure, laminated side window glass up front, Thinsulate insulation for more effective sound absorption, power tilt/slide moonroof, transitional LED ambient lighting, the Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound audio system with 19-speakers, 450-watts of power, MP3 and USB/iPod audio input plugs, streaming audio via Bluetooth, a power rear sunshade, alcantara headliner, padded armrest with storage box up front, rear pull-down armrest with dual cupholders and storage box, storage in each door, aluminum kick plates at each door, rear air-vents for rear seat passengers, rain-sensing wipers, illuminated entry, self-closing doors when left ajar, heated steering wheel, grab handles above each door and thick-cut carpeting.

2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport Front Seats Done Small

Standard safety systems include 3-point safety belts and headrests for all three rear seating positions, active front headrest with power height adjusters, tire pressure monitor, dual stage driver/front passenger airbags with pretensioners/load limiters, front passenger twin-chamber airbag, knee airbags up front, side airbags up front, side-curtain airbags, front/rear crumple zones and steel beams in each door.  My test LS 460 F SPORT also came equipped with Blind Side Warning, rear side traffic warning and front object warning.  Security systems include a theft-deterrent system, engine immobilizer, remote window ‘down’ feature, automatic headlamps, puddle lamps, theft alarm and a panic alarm.

2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport Rear Seats Done Small

The all-new 2013 Lexus LS 460 F SPORT was one of those vehicles that I didn’t want to give up after my seven-day test drive.  It features higher levels of handling performance with all of the delights, comfort, luxury, convenience, and safety that makes the flagship Lexus LS 460 one of the world’s great full-size luxury sedans.  The new Lexus LS is now more fun and exciting to drive!

2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport Beauty Right Done Small
2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport Beauty Left Done Small
2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport Beauty Headon Done Small
2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport Beauty Side Done Small
2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport Beauty Rear Done Small
2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport Dashboard Done Small
2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport Cluster Done Small
2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport Front Seats Done Small
2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport Rear Seats Done Small
2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport Door Trim Done Small
2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport Badge Done Small
2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport Engine Done Small

COPYRIGHT: 2013: HARVEY SCHWARTZ

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base LS 460 $76,701  / As-Tested LS 460 F Sport $—–
  • Engine: 4.6 liter 32-valve DOHC V8 386 hp @ 6,400 rpm / 367 lb.ft. of torque @ 4,100 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 116.9 inches
  • Total length: 200 inches
  • Total width: 73.8 inches
  • Track: 63.4/63.6 inches
  • Headroom: f/r-38/38 inches
  • Legroom: 43.7/35.8 inches
  • EPA cargo volume: 18 cu.ft.
  • Curb weight: 4,233 pounds
  • Turning circle: 36 ft.
  • Fuel tank: 22.2 gallons
  • EPA fuel mileage: 16mpg/city, 24mpg/highway
  • 0-60 mph: 5.3 seconds


Lexus Adds Sports-Appeal to new 2013 Lexus LS 460 & 600hL Hybrid: Official Release 31
Jul
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, LEXUS, Lexus LS460, Lexus LS600h, News on 07 31st, 2012

There was a time that Lexus and Sport did not coexist. In the past couple of years, Lexus has slowly rolled out vehicles destined for the garage of enthusiasts. It is obvious that they do not want to stop this forward momentum as they have officially introduced the new 2013 Lexus LS 460, what looks to be the sportiest LS ever.

The leaked images that we have seen circulated over the internet this week surely caught the eye of enthusiasts. Lexus’ new luxury flagship comes in four different flavors, the LS 460, LS 460L, LS 460 F Sport in RWD or all-wheel-drive and the AWD LS 600hL hybrid.

In true Lexus form, the new LS will feature a barrage of luxury options and amenities with unsurpassed refinement. A new Lexus Climate Concierge to control the ambient temperature, seat temp and steering wheel temp. The cabin is quieter than ever and occupants may enjoy their own Shiatsu Massage with the optional Ottoman Seating Package.

In the performance department, the new Lexus LS 460 F Sport features air suspension that can lower the vehicle by almost a half inch, 19-inch forged wheels, six-pot Brembo brake calipers up front, heavily bolstered steats, paddle shifters, aluminum trim and a Torsen limited-slip differential on the RWD model. It is rather obvious that Lexus isn’t messing around to attract a broader enthusiast base even for their big luxury-liner.

Official pricing has not been released yet. Hit up the full release below for all of the details and additional information on the new 2013 Lexus LS.

Lexus LS Flagship Luxury Sedans Redesigned For 2013 Model Year

San Francisco, Calif. – July 30, 2012 – With its dynamic handling, bold new design and superior craftsmanship, the 2013 LS flagship models hail the future of the Lexus brand as it embarks on its third decade in the premium luxury category. While retaining many of the qualities that have defined Lexus for more than 20 years, the LS reaches new heights with an exciting blend of beautiful design, modern refinement and advanced technology.

The 2013 LS line-up includes the LS 460, LS 460L, LS 600hL hybrid, and the first-ever LS 460 F SPORT. LS 460 and LS 460L are available in RWD and AWD. The LS Hybrid is available with a full-time AWD system.

The all-new LS 460 F SPORT combines a more aggressive exterior with a unique sport interior featuring F SPORT seats with larger bolsters, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters and genuine aluminum trim. With a sport tuned air suspension that has been lowered 0.4 inches, a Torsen® limited slip rear differential (RWD model), Brembo six-piston caliper brakes, and 19″ forged wheels with summer or all-season tires, the LS F SPORT promises to be the most engaging LS ever.

The entire 2013 LS lineup is refined with dynamic, fresh styling that reflects the bold new face of Lexus. The aggressive spindle grille gives the new LS a greater road presence and stronger brand identity while heralding a significant improvement in driving dynamics, responsiveness and handling.

Increased body rigidity enhances stability, and allows for a more comfortable ride. Pitch and bounce control has been enhanced by adopting new frequency dependent shock absorbers, resulting in an even flatter, road-hugging ride. Revised steering offers improvements in accuracy and turn-in response. The braking system has been adjusted for more immediate power and greater pedal feel.

Available safety enhancements include the industry’s most advanced Pre-Collision Safety (A-PCS) system with Collision Avoidance Assist. This system is designed to assist the driver in avoiding or mitigating collisions with vehicles and pedestrians under a wide range of city and highway speeds. At speeds lower than 24 miles per hour, this technology helps the LS to avoid accidents by automatically bringing the LS to a full stop.

The driver-focused interior integrates modern refinement with intuitive technology. The Advanced Illumination System (AIS), an all-LED interior lighting system, illuminates to greet the approaching occupants and then fades in sequence with the vehicle starting procedure.

The new, available Lexus Climate Concierge offers maximum comfort for every LS occupant. The customizable system uses multiple sensors to automatically regulate not only the temperature of the cabin, but also the climate control seats and the heated steering wheel, quickly bringing each occupant to their preferred temperature.

The standard navigation system is displayed on a 12.3-inch, split-screen, high-resolution multi-media display which is large enough to support simultaneous viewing of a large map display and other vehicle functions.

A next-generation Remote Touch, with one-push confirmation, is standard on all models and enables smooth, intuitive control of many vehicle systems. The Remote Touch allows the user to operate the climate, audio, phone controls, navigation system and more. The screen menus are selected with a controller conveniently located within easy reach on the center console. A number of well-placed buttons on the steering wheel and instrument panel enable the direct control of frequently used functions (e.g. temperature setting, fan speed, preset audio stations, etc.)

Lexus Enform® with App Suite leverages the customers’ mobile phone technology to provide a new level of connectivity and information management. Users can conduct local searches through Bing™, utilize voice-enabled apps to make restaurant reservations through OpenTable®, get movie tickets via MovieTickets.com, tap into internet radio, including Pandora® or iHeartRadio, search business reviews on Yelp and check in on Facebook places. A one-year trial subscription is included for the App Suite.

Chassis/Body/Suspension/Brakes/Tires
• Numerous stabilizing fins help the LS to be one of the most aerodynamically efficient cars in its segment with a coefficient drag of 0.26.
• Laser screw welding, body adhesives and other structural reinforcements increase rigidity and enhance stability, steering feel and handling.
• New standard Drive Mode Select allows the driver to choose from 3 distinct drive settings (Eco, Normal and Sport). Vehicles equipped with the available air suspension add Comfort and Sport S+ modes.
• The available Air Suspension with Variable Gear Ratio Steering automatically adjusts the damping force for optimal comfort and performance.
• The available AWD system features a central, permanently engaged, Torsen Limited Slip center Differential (LSD) to further enhance grip, traction and cornering stability.
• Noise-reduction wheels channel resonant noise from the main air chamber to adjacent hollow areas within the wheels via resonator holes, resulting in an incredibly quiet ride.

Safety/Security
• The Advanced Pre-Collision Safety system (APCS) can detect stationary pedestrians and those moving at speeds of up to three miles per hour and stop the vehicle from a speed of 24 miles per hour if a collision with another vehicle is imminent.
• Available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) constantly monitors the distance to vehicles ahead and is capable of operating at any speed. The system can bring the vehicle to a complete stop, and accelerate away once the road ahead is clear
• An upgraded, optional Lane-Keep Assist system (LKA) helps the driver stay in the intended lane.
• New to LS, the Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) uses rear millimeter-wave radar to monitor the vehicle rear side blind spots at 10 miles per hour or more. This feature includes Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) which automatically operates when the vehicle is in reverse, alerting drivers to the approach of other vehicles when backing out of a parking place.
• The Available Automatic High Beam system features a camera located in the inner mirror that detects light sources in front of the vehicle – including the headlamps of oncoming vehicles, the tail lamps of a vehicle ahead and street lighting – to automatically switch the high beams on and off accordingly.

Luxury/Comfort/Convenience
• Enhancements have been made to the sound insulation for an even quieter cabin.
• Redesigned front seats minimize pressure peaks and increase support. Both front seats feature an improved standard heating and cooling system with larger heating and cooling areas and reduced heating and cooling times.
• All AWD models including the LS600hL feature a heated steering wheel and Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) heating elements which warm the front cabin area quickly after vehicle start-up. Windshield de-icer and headlamp washers are standard on AWD models.
• The LS features a standard Lexus Premium Audio System with a nine channel amplifier, 10 speakers, CD / DVD player changer, DVD audio and video compatibility, MP3 sound enhancement, HD Radio™ with iTunes tagging, and a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio. Standard entertainment and connectivity advancements include enhanced Bluetooth® capability with automatic phonebook download and streaming audio.
• The optional Mark Levinson Reference Surround System provides a 5.1 home theatre surround with 7.1 architecture , discrete circuitry, 15 channel, ML3-16 Processor Power Amplifier covering a frequency range of 20Hz-20kHz, and 450 watts with less than 0.1% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

Luxury Options
• Available Power rear seats with Climate Concierge.
• An available Ottoman Seating Package with Shiatsu Massage and a Rear Seat Entertainment System featuring a Blu-ray DVD player, an SD card slot and a retractable, ceiling mounted, nine-inch full-color VGA screen.

Exterior Design
• The inverted trapezoidal upper grille and slanted lower grille that were first introduced on the GS sedan have been combined and integrated into a single element on the LS to create a more prominent spindle shape.
• When equipped with the optional three projector LED headlamp unit, the LS offers all LED exterior lighting, including turn signals an fog lamps
• LS 460 F SPORT features a unique front fascia with an enhanced three-dimensional mesh grille, larger cooling openings, black grille surround, and round fog lamps. A chrome-plated bar running along the bottom edge of the rear bumper accentuates the lowered center of gravity. F SPORT exterior badging completes the look.
• LS F SPORT offers six exterior colors; Ultra White is exclusive to F SPORT.

Interior Design
• The dashboard is divided into two distinct zones: an upper Display Zone, with the large, 12.3-inch, LCD multi-display screen, and a lower Operation Zone, which allows access to system controls such as the second generation Remote Touch Interface (RTI).
• The driver’s instrument meter cluster incorporates high-visibility, large diameter Optitron dials; a 5.8-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) Multi-information screen; and an aluminum analog clock with a GPS-based time correction function.
• The interior is offered in 5 color schemes: Ivory, Light Gray, Black, Black and Saddle Tan, and a newly available Topaz Brown.
• Optional wood includes Walnut, Shimamoku Espresso, Matte Brown Bird’s Eye Maple. The LS 600h L also offers an eco- friendly Bamboo wood trim.
• The new, Shimamoku finish is an example of the finest traditional Japanese craftsmanship. Shimamoku, translated as “striped wood,” involves the painstaking layering of angle-cut dark and light shaded wood veneers in a unique process which involves 67 manufacturing steps over the course of 38 days.
• The LS 460 F SPORT features aluminum ornamentation and a unique interior, featuring a black Alcantara headliner.

Warranty
• 48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty with roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles.
• 72 months/70,000 miles powertrain and restraint system coverage.
• 72 months corrosion perforation protection coverage, regardless of mileage.
• Eight years/100,000 miles hybrid-related components, including the HV battery, battery-control module, hybrid control module and inverter with converter.



2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport Official Images Leaked 30
Jul
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, LEXUS, Lexus LS460, Lexus LS600h, News on 07 30th, 2012

It is somewhat apparent that Lexus is attempting to redefine themselves with a sportier image alongside of Toyota and Scion. Not only has Scion introduced one of the most sought-after rear-wheel-drive sports coupes, but the Lexus brand is slowly rolling out new F-Sport-trimmed Lexus vehicles with a real sports-appeal, at least visually. The latest F-Sport to show its face via leaked official photos is the upcoming 2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport.

The new 2013 Lexus LS is set to be officially revealed later today, when we will be able to get the specific details of what will be powering their latest luxury sedan. We expect the powertrains to include a 4.6-liter V8 with 380 horsepower and the option to upgrade standard rear-wheel-drive with an advanced all-wheel-drive system.

The top-of-the-line LS600h hybrid may feature a new 5.0-liter V8 working in sync with a set of electric motors to produce a total of 438 horsepower.

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2010 Lexus LS460 Sport Review & Test Drive 7
Sep
Posted by Harvey in Automotive, featured, LEXUS, Lexus LS460, Test Drives on 09 7th, 2010

‘ADDING EXCITEMENT TO THE LUXURY’

Most consumers who purchase the Lexus LS460 want the luxury, elegance, smooth and quiet ride along with the performance of the high-tech V8 engine.  Now consumers who want more aggressive styling, more excitement and higher levels of performance can add the Sport Package to their LS460.

When you option for the Sport Package you will see a more aggressive L-finesse design with a low, unique ‘blacked out’ grille with chrome surround, a lower air-dam to keep the front end solidly planted, side tunnels next to the foglamps that direct cool to the front brakes, a diffuser to better manage the airflow out the rear, new wheel-well stuffing, multi-spoke, forged alloy 19X8in. wheels wrapped with Dunlop 245/45R19in.

SP MAXX high-performance summer tires and a full aerodynamic lower bodykit that gives the car a lower center of gravity that further enhances the handling characteristics. The LS460 Sport slices through the air with a very low 0.26 co-efficient of drag.

Greater stopping power is provided by Brembo 14.2in. front vented discs clamped with four-piston Brembo calipers, and 13.8in. solid Brembo discs clamped with 2-piston calipers. Braking is further enhanced with standard ABS, EBD and BA.

Your steering inputs are quicker and more responsive with the addition of a sport-tuned air spring suspension with specific stabilizer bars and re-valved shock absorbers.  To attain the high-performance character of the LS460 Sport just push the toggle switch to Sport and push the other toggle switch to Power.  You’ll quickly feel the suspension tighten up, the electronic power-assisted rack & pinion steering also tightening up, and the engine mapping moving the rpm needle 500rpm higher in the rev band for more spirited shift points.  The car will explode to 60mph in just 5sec., and the response to your steering inputs come much quicker and more precise.  With an almost 50/50 weight distribution, the car feels very neutral as you dice through and around curving roads.

Inside are more supportive, perforated leather front bucket seats, a unique, heated, leather-wrapped, power tilt-telescoping steering wheel with paddle shifters for the 8-speed automatic with throttle blip downshifting adding more excitement as you attack sharp curving roads, hand-sewn contrasting saddle leather trim on the lower center stack, center console, armrest, door trim, rear pull down armrest plus dark brown ash burl wood trim on the dashboard and doors.  Inside, outside and under the sheet metal, this is no regular Lexus LS460.

The new LS460 Sport benefits with the luxury of a powerful, performance-driven 4.6 liter V8 that generates 380hp 6,400rpm and 367lb.ft. or torque at 4,100rpm.  The engine’s superior performance is due in large part to innovative technologies, including the world’s first electric motor-driven Variable Valve Timing with intelligence and Electronically (VVT-iE) controlled intake cam.  The electrically controlled intake achieves superior engine-startup operation and high-output performance.  A dual fuel-injection system, with both port and direct injection, optimizes efficiency under all conditions.  The direct injection helps provide cylinder cooling that allows the high compression ratio, 11.8:1, needed to produce such high power cleanly and efficiently. The dual-tract intake system and an Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS) contribute to the smooth, linear power delivery.

The Lexus eight-speed automatic/sequential transmission allows gear ratios that maximize torque up to the tire-grip limitations in the lower ranges yet maintains quietness and admirable fuel efficiency at higher speeds.  To get the most fun and excitement when driving the LS460 Sport you just have to take the chrome/wood/leather-wrapped stick out of automatic ‘Drive’ and push the stick to the left for ‘Manual’ operation, forward to upshift, back to downshift, or for faster acting shifts you can use the aluminum paddle shifter fitted to the steering wheel.

When you order the Sport Package you don’t lose any of the Lexus accustomed luxury, comfort, convenience and safety systems inside.

The LS460 Sport has numerous user-tech amenities for a comprehensive luxury package.  The driver’s seat features a standard slide-away feature that makes ingress/egress more comfortable, 16-way drivers’ seat/12-way front passenger seat, dual zone automatic climate control with smog sensor, and a power tilt/slide moonroof.  Controls in the car provide the utmost convenience; including SmartAccess with push button start/stop, and power tilt-telescoping steering wheel with audio, brake hold and multi-information display controls.  An automatic electric parking brake system eliminates the need to press a foot-operated pedal.

The thin film transistor multi-informational display and Optitron instrument cluster set the tone for blending functional high-tech with pleasing aesthetics.  Tasteful wood and chrome trim as well as refinements to the interior lighting create a rich feeling, including LD ambient interior lighting with spot-lamp illumination in front and rear.  Even the angles on the center console were optimized to enhance comfort for you and your front passenger.

A multi-information display uses a large center console LCD screen; and the available navigation system employs voice command casual-language based voice recognition and Bluetooth phonebook download capability.  The audio system features an integrated XM radio received, music playing capability with Bluetooth audio streaming and USBiPod connectivity.  An iPod connected through the USB port can be controlled through the steering wheel audio controls or headunit.

More standard equipment in the new 2010 LS460 Sport, not mentioned above, includes electrochromic inside/outside mirrors, power folding heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, 3-person memory for seats/mirrors, one-touch open/close windows, door locks, grab handles above each door, dual map lamps, dual lighted vanity mirrors, Lexus 10-speaker Premium Sound System with digital sound processor, automatic sound levelizer, in-dash single feed 6-disc CD auto changer/AM-FM stereo radio, Bluetooth, XM satellite radio, Lexus Homelink universal transceiver, Lexus personalized settings, carpeted floor mats, rain-sensing variable intermittent wipers/washers, HID headlamps with adaptive front lighting, and foglamps.

My Lexus LS460 Sport came with these optional packages: Luxury Value Package includes the navigation system with the Mark Levinson Premium Audio with DVD/CD changer, 19-speakers, 7.1 channel architecture, DVD-Audio and Video, Hard Disk Drive Navigation system, 3-person passenger memory system, Lexus Enform with Destination Assist, and eDistination, Lexus Insider, voice command, XM NavTraffic, XM NavWeather, and XM Sports & Stock.

The Comfort Package includes climate comfort front heated/cooled seats, power rear sunshade, rear heated seats, power door closers and one-touch power trunk open/close, trunk mat and cargo net.

Standard Lexus LS460 Sport safety systems not mentioned above include driver/front passenger advanced airbag system with front passenger’s twin-chamber airbags, front seat mounted side airbags, driver/front passenger knee airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, 3-point safety belts at all five seating positions with front load limiters/pretensioners, electronic controlled braking, vehicle dynamics integrated management (VDIM) traction control, daytime running lamps, advanced active headrest, power height adjustable seatbelts anchors, safety connect automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location, enhanced roadside assistance, tool kit and first aid kit.

The Lexus LS460 flagship luxury sedans continue to indulge drivers with incomparable comfort, luxury, convenience and safety and now an added Sport Package to further indulge enthusiasts who want the finest, full size luxury sedan with more fun and excitement behind the wheel.













COPYRIGHT:2010:HARVEY SCHWARTZ

SPECIFICATIONS

Price: Base $65,380 As-Tested $75,139
Type: Large Sedan
Where Built: Japan
EPA Class: Midsize Cars

Dimensions

Exterior
Length: 199.2 in.
Width: 73.8 in.
Height: 58.1 in.
Wheel Base: 116.9 in.
Ground Clearance: 5.7 in.
Curb Weight: 4244 lbs.
Gross Weight: 5445 lbs.

Interior
Front Head Room: 38 in.
Front Hip Room: 55.4 in.
Front Shoulder Room: 58.5 in.
Rear Head Room: 37.9 in.
Rear Shoulder Room: 56.9 in.
Rear Hip Room: 55.5 in.
Front Leg Room: 43.7 in.
Rear Leg Room: 35.8 in.
Luggage Capacity: 18 cu. ft.
Maximum Cargo Capacity: 18 cu. ft.
Maximum Seating: 5

Performance Data

Engine Number of Cylinders: 8
Engine Size: 4.6 liters
Base Engine Type: V8
Horsepower: 380 hp
Max Horsepower: 6400 rpm
Torque: 367 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 4100 rpm
Drive Type: RWD
Turning Circle: 36.1 ft.
0-60mph: 5.0 seconds

Fuel Data

Fuel Tank Capacity: 22.2 gal.
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway/Combined)
Automatic: 16 mpg / 24 mpg / 19 mpg
Range in Miles:
Automatic: 355.2 mi. / 532.8 mi. / 421.8 mi.







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