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2007 LS 460 Preview Road Test

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The all new 2007 LS 460 has arrived all dressed up and ready for the Gone is the conservative me-too that made the LS look a homely version of the previous Mercedes S-Class. The new Lexus direction, called L-Finesse, the LS its own look and identity. We have seen examples of L-Finesse with the gorgeous Lexus GS and recently with the introduction of the generation Lexus IS and the new2007 ES350 .

Since its inception in as a 1990 model. the Lexus LS has a ground-breaking car, daring to head-to-head with the German car manufacturers, and doing it at a price of thousands less than the top guns. In short order, the LS its way into the hearts and minds of journalists, many describing it as the best car in the world.

Shortly the original LS was introduced, it began awards for its quality, performance, and experience with a string of place wins from J. D. and Associates for initial quality, satisfaction and dependability.

During the conference in Detroit, Jim Press, and COO of Toyota Motor Sales, told us that a five-year-old LS is more problem free a brand-new car from either of the German competitors. I personally can for that statement because I a first generation Lexus and I would have to say that it was the trouble free car I have owned. (not to mention the that I bought it used 76,000 miles on it)

Lexus to boast about their of the perfect car, so let’s see how they have come to goal.

They have resolved their biggest bland styling, with the new design cues that the LS460 a distinctive, stylish

Another shortcoming with people was rear seat Most of the upscale competitors long wheelbase cars to real stretch-out space in the seat. So for 2007, the LS will now be in both a normal wheelbase and wheelbase models.

Lexus is all quiet, and the LS has always been the Lexus. For 2007, additional were taken to better the sounds that this car The goal was to eliminate noise possible or tune the sound so it is in keeping with a luxury car

A Takumi (feeling master) has employed at Lexus to make that any sounds that the car will impart the feel of quality. This includes like the sound that the make when closing (or for that matter), the sounds the windows make when up or down, even the sounds the switches make when are activated.

In fact, a great deal of went into the design of the electric motors that are in the in order to make sure either they are completely or the sound that they do ads to the quality of the experience.

Lexus has paid a great deal of to the controls and displays on the LS to make that everything is logical and to understand and operate, even for of us who do not get along very well technology.

On the road, the LS460 was as as billed. I didn’t get a chance to it back to back with the LS430, but it was at least as quiet and more so. On the road, the ride and were sublime.

While it is not a sport sedan, the steering intuitive with a fine of control in any driving situations I Cornering was flat and controlled the soft ride, a notable

The LS460L is a large car, but it almost nimble and certainly to control. It is as close to a magic as you are apt to find this side of a price. Acceleration was smooth and and every bit as good as the Mercedes At full throttle, the 8 speed transmission shifted through the with no noticeable dips in the G-forces I was feeling.

The transmission has a manual mode so that you can it through the eight speeds At light throttle, the shifts almost undetectable.

There are thoughtful touches inside and to make life easy, the power seat belt adjusters to the duplicate power controls for the passenger seat are within easy reach of the The driver can easily pre-position the seat so that if the last had the seat reclined, the next won’t fall back when entering. Small but nice to have.

The available GPS system now includes real-time reporting. The system will where construction zones or are located or which roads congested traffic by using arrows along the route, for an open road, Yellow for and orange for a traffic jam.

The system currently covers 22 metropolitan areas utilizing the XM service to display up-to-the-minute information including traffic accidents and construction areas. The year of this service is after which time will be a small annual

The new fifth generation navigation displays in English, French and and contains map information for the continental States and Canada. The system over eight million of interest including gas stations, cash machines, banks, and other types of locations.

The system can now be controlled by voice while you are driving. All this is now stored on a 30 GB hard disk instead of a DVD disc. The hard is also used for music allowing you to keep 4000 of favorite songs on tap.

included with the navigation is a more extensive Bluetooth that allows you to connect a Bluetooth compatible phone and and receive calls through wheel controls and voice The system can be paired with up to 6 phones and store 1000 book entries.


Another optional feature elicited wows when the was announced last January was a that would allow the car to park itself. You simply up to a parking space and place the Park Assist system self-park mode. After all you have to do is keep your lightly on the brake pedal.

The car do the rest, automatically steering the space for a perfect park time.

We tried out this and it worked as advertised, however it was sensitive to the speed you allow reverse operations. If you let it go too fast or too it displays an error message on the and cancels the operation. You also a parking space at least 4 longer than the car to complete the

To initiate self park, you pull up to the car in front of the parking and place the car in reverse. The screen to the rearview camera image a rectangular box and 4 arrows. You tap the arrows the box is in the space where you want the car to up in. Once you have that tap a button on the screen and let go of the wheel.

As you the car back, the steering wheel to turn into the space. it reaches a certain point, the spins in the other direction to the park. You then have to shift into drive and forward if necessary, but the car wound up where you set it to go.

The long wheelbase model is 203 long and has a special luxury available for the rear seats includes a right rear that not only reclines, but has an that extends out to serve as a This rear seat has an extensive massage system allows you to control the type and of the massage. The system also a DVD entertainment package and a hidden compartment.

Many of the options for the wheelbase LS460 will be on the LS460 L, including: a GPS navigation power open close lid, four-zone automatic control with overhead and XM Satellite Radio with traffic displays and dynamic

The standard Lexus Premium system is no slouch with its in-dash CD changer, Digital Processor (DSP), Automatic Levelizer (ASL), Electronic network and MP3/iPod audio plug with 10 speakers. But the news is the available Mark audio system which include a 7.1-channel speaker with reference surround Discrete 5.1 channel playback, MLS 24-bit surround logic and 19 speakers.

This is all gobblyygook to me, but an should be impressed. It certainly good to my untrained ears.

is how the 19 speakers are laid out:

Six cone speakers will be across the dash

a woofer be located in each front

three speakers will be in rear door

four speakers will be in the rear pillars

a woofer will be in the rear package shelf.

sitting in the back seat, we a movie on the large screen dropped down from the Sound was piped through the 19 of the Mark Levinson system. The was U-571, a WW-II submarine with lots of action

I have to tell you that it like I was actually on the sub in the middle of all the charges going off. The was better than any movie I have ever been in. Add to the fact that I had the seat me a shiatsu massage as my feet up on the built in ottoman and you will why my fellow journalists had to practically me out so they could have turn.

This rear package is part of the Executive Seating Package that is as an option for the LS460-L. It includes the rez DVD screen that drops electrically. The cabin is configured as a 4 car with an additional console divides the rear seat

The console includes a control that can control a number of like the four zone control giving everyone in the car own thermostat.

There are also controls, power seat and a cooler between the seats. The seat can recline and an ottoman for the busy executive to catch a few as he or she is chauffeured to their destination. Too sun? Push a button to sun shades in the rear doors and window. Need a massage. a remote out of the console and control the and intensity of the massage.

The Executive Package is a $12,675 option.

Lexus LS460

The controls also have enhanced on the new LS. Once you set the desired temperature, the system will not monitor air temperature, it will monitor the body temperature of the and adjust the outlet temperature to There is even an optional steering wheel.

The new LS 460 is so named for the new 4.6 engine that produces a 380 horsepower, which is 102 ponies that the already powerful LS430. Standing start to 60 per hour is a blistering 5.4 seconds, beats many high end sedans. The difference here is the LS460 does it with a instead of a roar.

Now, when you increase the size and of an engine, gas mileage suffers, but not in case. The LS460 will get 19 mpg for driving and 27 mpg on the highway, which is better that the LS430 had an EPA rating of 18 city and 25 highway.

of the credit for this increased and efficiency has to go to the new new V8, which is the first new design in the 17 year LS history. power plant has an 11.8 to 1 ratio which is extremely This is made possible by the new injection system which has two per cylinder, one that squirts into the combustion chamber extremely high pressures, and the that feeds fuel the port just above the valves.

This design for extremely tight control of delivery for maximum efficiency.

overhead cams with (Dual Variable Valve with Intelligence) and the first use of an controlled valve timing help maximize intake especially during cold The camshafts are of a new, hollow and are now driven by a chain instead of a belt for improved reliability and maintenance costs.

Another reason for the added is the first ever 8-speed transmission. With eight speeds, you could spread the out to have a lower first for improved off-the-line acceleration, and a top gear for better fuel on the highway. The transmission case is no than the previous 6 speed and has engineered for lower weight, rigidity and quieter operation.

The suspension has been reengineered for ride and handling and has one of the best radius in its class with a to curb turning circle of feet. The long wheelbase is 36.7 or 37.4 with the 19 inch wheels and tires.

The new wheelbase LS460 L is being to compete directly with the cars in the world, most the Mercedes Benz S550, BMW 750 iL and A8L.

The L will have features that are optional on the wheelbase LS as standard, so expect the to go where no Lexus has gone Prices have not been yet, but we will have posted here as soon as are.

The LS460 and LS460 L both be rear-wheel drive All-wheel drive will not be for the 2007 model year, is too bad, because many in the northern states have a strong interest in that It will, however be standard on the LS600h L which will be the Hybrid version of the Lexus LS.

tells me that the all-wheel system used in the LS600h can be to the LS460 and LS460L. I expect we should see that option on the sedans in the next year or

In April 2006, Lexus the details on a Hybrid V8 Ultra LS that will not only more power, but outstanding economy for a large luxury We expect to see close to 500 horsepower. V12 territory, but with fuel comparable to that of the most efficient V8s.

This new Lexus will be called the L and have all-wheel drive and a electronically controlled, continuously transmission.

The LS hybrid is expected to a Super Ultra Low Emission (SULEV) rating. A SULEV means the LS 600h L has nearly cleaner emissions than the of its competitors.

The LS600h L is expected to be the quietest car made. It is so quiet that had to go back to the drawing board to all the electric motors and switches they were becoming for the first time.

The new Hybrid LS is to arrive in Lexus showrooms in of 2007 and will probably 6 figures, placing it on the List of to buy when I hit the lottery category for people.

At the same time the LS 600h L is introduced, Lexus also make available a new Pre-Collision System as an option for all LS This system is so advanced, it even detect pedestrians. Two cameras mounted at the front of the in conjunction with millimeter-wave are sensitive enough to detect not large metal obstructions as cars but also smaller objects, such as humans.

A camera, mounted on the steering monitors the drivers face. If the sees that the driver is away for a few seconds or more, and is in the car’s path, then it the driver first with a chime and a flashing light. If doesn’t get the driver to react, the can begin to gently apply the on its own.

The system will reprogram the steering ratio to the steering response. While all of is happening, the system automatically up the passenger restraints and prepares the system to respond with force when activated by the in anticipation of a possible impact. the emergency is averted, the car will reach out and slap the driver a few to wake him up (just kidding, his wife’s job)

So we have brains, brawn, stamina, and the of an underdog that has proven point it ever tried to That is the 2007 Lexus LS. The and LS 460 L should be in Lexus showrooms by October 2006 with the LS600h L coming around 2007 as a 2008 model.

your order soon, the for these cars will likely be greater than the for a while. The line forms to the


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