Lexus has unveiled a redesigned LS, the largest of its luxury sedans. This is an important intro for the Japanese automaker, which now trails both BMW and Mercedes-Benz in luxury car sales.
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It's a rather complete line of cars, with the LS 460 available with a 116.6-in. wheelbase or the stretched LS 460 L at 121.7 in. There's also the LS 600hL hybrid and, for the first time, a LS 460 F Sport. Both standard LS 460 models are available with 2- or 4-wheel drive, while the hybrid has all-wheel drive.
All LS have the new more aggressive face we've seen on such redesigned models as the GS. The interiors are also all new and, as you'd expect, loaded with such equipment as a 12.3-in. HD info screen and Lexus' Remote Touch for such functions as the audio, climate control, phone, etc. Needless to say, there is plenty of leather upholstery.
Engine for the LS460 is a 386-bhp 4.6-liter V-8 with 367 lb-ft of torque, backed by an 8-speed automatic. The hybrid matches a 389-bhp 5.0-liter V-8 with two motor generators.
For the F Sport, Lexus has a lowered, sport-tuned air suspension, Brembo brakes and a Torsen limited-slip diff with the rear-wheel drive.
We'll be in the new LS next week and ready to fill you in on how the newest Lexus luxury sedans perform.