Motoring For The Discerning Driver: An In-Depth Review Of The Lexus LS 460
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Updated September 25, 2018
It’s no secret that Lexus is one of the fastest growing luxury car brands in the world. The Japanese marque has high hopes for its latest model lineup. Toyota, the brand’s parent company, has said it wants to take on the German “Big Three.” Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, in case you wondered.
The company’s flagship model is the LS. It was the first model introduced to the market when the brand got launched back in the late 1990s. Today, the LS is still one of their best-selling models. Today I will be reviewing the current Lexus LS 460 model.
The Lexus LS 460 Review
The Lexus LS 460 has a powerful 4.6-liter V8 gas engine under the hood. It is a lightweight aluminum motor, and Lexus claims that every single unit is hand-finished.
That’s not surprising, given the attention to detail and quality control that Lexus (and Toyota) is so famous for. According to Lexus, a “Takumi craftsperson” must inspect and give their approval on each V8 block before it can get fitted to the LS.
The 4.6-liter block sports a dual VVTi system, and offers an impressive 387 brake horsepower. It can get you to 60 mph from a standing start in a mere 5.4 seconds. That’s pretty good, considering the car weighs 2.4 tons! The top speed is limited to 155 mph.
CO2 emissions for this engine are at a reasonable 249 g/km combined. I’ll admit; this could get improved upon. Especially when rivals like BMW use turbochargers to lower emissions in their “TwinPower” motors. Still, it is a V8 engine after all. If you want to drive around in an ultra eco-friendly car, the LS isn’t for you.
One other point that some potential owners might find a bad one is the car’s fuel economy stats. The Lexus LS 460 offers a combined gas mileage of just 26.4 mpg. Extra-urban (i.e. driving downhill without using the gas or coasting along the road) increases to 36.2 mpg.
Again, this is something Lexus could improve upon. And I hope the Japanese automaker will improve these stats in the future. Many people are leaning more towards luxury cars that offer excellent gas mileage and lower emissions. That is for reasons of tax and cash savings.
The mighty 4.6-liter V8 motor is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Few people know this interesting piece of trivia. But Lexus were the first automaker to use an eight-speed transmission on a production car!
When you have more forward gears in an automatic gearbox, the gear changes are smoother. That’s why most of today’s cars with automatic gearboxes have at least six forward gears. The other benefit to car drivers is that these transmissions improve fuel efficiency too.
The Lexus LS 460 uses multi-link air suspension at the front and rear of the car. You can control the ride quality of the car using the Drive Mode Select system.
There are five driving “modes” in the Lexus LS 460. They are Normal, Comfort, Sport S, and Sport S+. As you would expect, the ride quality in this Lexus is pretty comfortable. Bear in mind that you are driving a luxury, executive car rather than anything sporty.
The Sport S and Sport S+ modes can get used for spirited driving. The great thing about these modes is that they help the car to “adapt” to even the most challenging of driving conditions. So, you won’t end up with a car that has barge-like handling at speed!
When the current model Lexus LS 460 first came out, I took one out for a test drive from my local Inchcape Lexus dealer. The handling on it felt so much better than with previous incarnations of the LS.
As you would expect from a luxury car, the interior of the Lexus LS 460 is smart, comfortable and fully-loaded. Just take a look at the interior shot above to see what I mean!
The neat thing about the interior is that the lights, and even the LED analog clock, light up before you get in the car. That’s thanks to the intelligent key that helps the car sense when you are nearby. Now you don’t have to fumble in the dark looking for your car key. The Lexus LS 460 lights up the way for you!
When you are ready to begin your journey, all you need to do is press the start button on the dashboard and the car springs into life. As does the color touchscreen display panel. The neat thing about the 12.3-inch display is that you can access its functions by touch or voice.
The audio quality is a state of the art 19-speaker Mark Levinson system. Not only can you listen to the radio, CDs or music from your smartphone, but it even plays DVDs and Blu-ray discs too.
It comes with satellite navigation; a rear parking camera and steering wheel mounted controls. You can connect your smartphone to the car using Bluetooth, USB cable or the AUX-in port.
The analog clock on the dashboard is GPS-enabled. That means when you enter a different time zone it automatically updates itself.
The Lexus LS 460 also comes with a whole heap of other goodies too. You can choose from five different leather interior options for a start. And if you opt for the F Sport model, you can opt for one of the two exclusive interior choices.
There is also a rear climate zone for passengers sitting in the back of the car. For added convenience, the driver’s seat slides back, and the steering wheel retracts when you are ready to get into the car.
I guess that is a feature could be useful if you are of a portly disposition or have some physical disability. But I’m not sure how that would benefit other drivers if I’m honest. Still, it’s a nice added touch for the discerning motorist.
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