Lexus LS400 – History

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Lexus LS400

In 1983 the then Toyota Eiji Toyoda started a called the F1 Flagship No. 1 vehicle” known as the Circle-F project, it was to a world-class luxury sedan for the market.

The F1 project was not given a scale for completion nor did it appear to any budget constraints, as a result the was entirely new it did not use parts from the Toyota parts bin. The cost of the development was more 1 Billion US$

The car was designed to compete and better all of the prestige models by the worlds existing manufacturers in all including aerodynamics performance and

As part of the development process 450 prototypes and 900 engine prototypes constructed and they logged 2.7 million kilometers testing in all and environments from winter to deserts in Arizona, Australia, the USA and Arabia.

In 1985 the first exterior were presented to the Toyota featuring a low sports car type but by 1986 this had been to a classic three box design a more upright stance, grille, and two-tone paintwork

tunnel tests were taken and refinements made to the to produce a very low drag for production vehicles of the time Cd

In 1986, the Lexus marque was to convey the launch of the flagship and the vehicle was thenceforth known as the LS400. The design was finalised in with the chassis code

Series 1 or MK I – 1989

In January 1989, the LS 400 made its US Sales began in September and exports to Australia, Canada, and the UK The car was sold in Japan under the Toyota Celsior.

The car sold in North America for significantly undercutting the competition.

The LS had an all new 4.0 liter V8 engine (1UZ-FE) and an all new automatic transmission. The chassis had an double-wishbone suspension with an air suspension system. The car boasted a cabin than virtually any of its and the top speed of 160mph (250kmph) a 0-60mph of 8.3 seconds beating all of the competition offered by BMW and Mercedes-Benz

The list of ground breaking offered in the car is long. LS 400 was one of the first to feature an automatic motor tilt-and telescope steering It had SRS airbags, power adjustable seat belts, and an electro rear-view mirror. The LS400 5 people in comfort with in California walnut with power-adjustable seats.

The dashboard an electroluminescent gauge cluster visual effects.

Options included a Nakamichi sound system, an integrated phone, gold badging and air

Series 1a or MK II – 1992 II)

A face lift model was in September 1992, it presented than 50 changes to the previous these were in the main to to customer requests. The changes a revised grille, additional moldings, a larger selection of an external temperature gauge, brakes and larger wheels and the suspension and steering system tweaked to improve handling.

safety was improved with and passenger air bags in the front and belt pre-tensioners. Chlorofluorocarbon-free was added to the air-conditioning system.

2 or Mk III – 1994 (UCF20)

The Generation Lexus LS400 was in North America in late it had similar specifications to the previous but it had been largely redesigned a longer wheelbase to offer passenger space and an upgraded 4.0 V8 engine (1UZ-FE) which now 260 bhp and 270 Ib ft of torque with and an improved time of 7.4 seconds and better economy

Improvements included more insulation, suspension updates, brakes,

a strengthened structure and the car had lightened by 210 lb. Enlarged crumple three point seatbelts to all and newly designed collapsible column.

Dual-zone climate air con were included and cup holders in the A new seat suspension system used lightweight internal springs and stabilizer bars was and an optional in-dash (glove CD changer was also offered.

The had been subtly redesigned to be aerodynamic (Cd 0.28) whilst the general profile and contours of the car. The new design featured angles, curved body and a beveled grille. With forward visibility.

Revisions a five-speed automatic transmission, engine output to 290 hp with a valve timing system. the acceleration and fuel economy improved by these changes

the suspension and steering were to improve handling and feedback. changes included a new front side mirrors, and wheels a windscreen antenna replaced the power ariel.

Passenger upgrades included a new trip adjustable rear headrests, lamps, and-tinted glass, a filtration system was added to the system.

A CD based Satnav was added as an (standard in the UK) a hard disk GPS navigation system was also an in North America.

Additional features included front and airbags and a vehicle stability The headlights were also with a programmable delay for proximity illumination.

There is cross over in the dates due to running out old stock and the new models not immediately available in all countries.

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The series three LS was issued in for 2001 it was in effect a completely new car a new shape and larger engine and was as the LS430 signaling the end of the LS400 it is not covered by this website.

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