Reveals Fourth-Generation LS 460 Flagship Sedan;
2007 LS 460 to Offer Standard- and Long-Wheelbase Models
Lexus revealed the
all-new 2007 LS 460 and the company's first-ever long-wheelbase
model, the LS 460L, today at a press conference at the 2006 North
American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Seventeen years after its
initial launch in Detroit, the redesigned LS now combines new levels
of performance, sophistication, contemporary styling and luxury
|| 4.3 Liter V8
|| 380 BHP@ --
(280.7 cu. in.)
|| 370 lb-ft @
Weight lb (kg)
Acceleration 0-60 mph
|| 5.5 sec.
"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. Lexus LS 460 even have sensors that
measure both cabin temperature and passengers body temperatures.
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.
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.
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.
||380 BHP /
283.4 KW @ N/A RPM
||370 FT LBS
/ 501 NM @ N/A RPM
||198.0 IN /
||73.8 IN /
||58.1 IN /
||116.9 IN /
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.
The LS460 has a redesigned multilink suspension, variable-ratio,
electronic power steering latest version of VDIM, for Vehicle
Dynamics Integrated Management for controlling all the electronic
interfaces for brakes, steering, stability control, and other
New Lexus Design Direction
Over the last two years, Lexus has developed a new styling
philosophy that it calls L-finesse. This new design language rests
upon the inherent contrast between simplicity and elegance-and the
beauty of achieving a balance between the two. Simplicity, in form
and function, reflects styling that is uncluttered and void of
extraneous elements. Lexus elegance, inside and out, avoids
exaggeration by prioritizing understated luxury that is intriguing,
subtle, seamless and slightly surprising.
Lexus imbued the development of the 2006 GS and IS series sport
sedans with this new styling direction. Now the LS further expands
the L-finesse visual philosophy, revealing a family resemblance in
the new Lexus sedans-one that conveys elegance, refinement and a
strong emotional appeal.
"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.