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October 08, 2006


A long time ago I to the first Acura press The big question? Would Americans as much as $20,000 for a Japanese The answer?

Some 20 years that first Acura Toyota’s luxury division their new 2007 Lexus LS 460 is at $61,000. The long-wheelbase iteration is The car goes on-sale October — The hybrid version, might be available by Spring of is slated for near $100,000, it smack up against a decked-out Mercedes or 7-series BMW. 2007 Lexus LS 460L).

For the info, here’s the (abridged) release from Lexus ignore the hype and read it for the

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

The new LS achieves a segment-leading combination of performance and excellent fuel with an all-new 4.6-liter V8 mated to the world’s first automatic transmission. The engine, first all-new V8 since the launch, produces 380 horsepower and 367 of torque. It features Variable Timing with intelligence and the first Electronically controlled cam (VVT-iE).

The LS 460 will travel zero to 60 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds while achieving an 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, 18 city/27 for the LS 460 L, by the EPA testing method. The LS sedans achieve an Ultra-Low Emissions II (ULEV II) rating.

In an effort to create a more vehicle, Lexus has combined active and passive safety into a consolidated system. the new active features on the LS is the next-generation Dynamics Integrated Management stability system, which and manages a new Electronically Controlled (ECB) system, Electronic Steering (EPS), Vehicle Control (VSC), Anti-lock System (ABS), Electronic Distribution (EBD), and engine via the electronically controlled throttle.

The can also choose to completely the VSC system via a console-mounted button. In to the active safety features, the new LS has standard airbags, including a front passenger airbag both driver and passenger airbags, and a potential of ten airbags option packages.

Both LS include a number of standard features including SmartAccess entry with push-button an electronic parking brake, a Lexus Premium Audio 18-inch nine-spoke aluminum wheels, and seven new exterior The paint is applied by a new proprietary process that includes hand sanding.

Optional comfort and convenience on the LS include a pre-collision system dynamic radar cruise Lexus Link(R), and Intuitive Assist.

The long-wheelbase LS 460 L brings it 4.8 inches of additional space and a list of outstanding standard including fifth-generation Lexus with factory-installed XM Satellite with NavTraffic, climate-controlled seats, heated rear a new heated steering wheel, rear sunshade, a new one-touch power trunk, power closers, headlamp washers, and side glass, which is to the long wheelbase.

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The new navigation includes a hard disk (HDD) for faster calculations. The HDD can store as many as 2,000 songs when partnered the optional Mark Levinson(R) Surround Sound system. The developed 19-speaker, 450-watt 5.1 Mark Levinson(R) audio creates a new benchmark for automotive with its theater-level entertainment

The Executive Class Seating offered on the LS 460 L includes a rear-seat system featuring the world’s ceiling-mounted 3.0 VGA high-quality display a nine-inch screen that with an electronic-motor open/close It also incorporates a right recliner with multifunction and an ottoman leg rest, a four-zone front and rear air conditioning with air purification and the world’s ceiling climate diffusers, power sunshades, and a fixed console with foldout

The all-new LS sedans offer the Parking Guidance System as an option to assist with and back-in parking. With optional technology, once the has correctly positioned the car and identified the parking spot via the nav screen, utilizes the back-up camera, sonar sensors and electric steering system to automatically the car into the spot, while the controls speed via braking.

The all-new LS 460 and LS 460 L both come a standard 48-month/50,000-mile basic warranty with roadside for 48-months/unlimited miles and a special powertrain warranty unique to Lexus and the luxury segment.


Lexus showed us hybrid version of the all-new LS LS 600h) at the TOKYO MOTOR in October of 2005. The car was also at the NY Auto Show in April, The car is expected to cost $100,000. to arrive in Spring 2007, it be the world’s first vehicle of any or category to feature a full V8 powertrain.

The LS 600h will an all-new five-liter V8 gas engine combined massive, high-output motors and a newly designed battery pack. It will a peak, combined output of than 430 horsepower. As a SULEV-rated Low Emissions) vehicle, LS600h is to produce just 20 per cent of the emissions of a conventional five-litre V8.

Power is delivered to the wheels via a ECVT transmission. It also had the LED front headlights of any production when it was first shown, but the R8 seems to have beat to market with the first LED front and rear.


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