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Lexus LS400

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Toyota dared to take on Mercedes and BMW when it launched the Lexus LS 400 in 1989. A rear-drive, V8-powered sedan that had nothing in common with its more pedestrian Toyota brothers, it was aimed at a new type of U.S. luxury car buyer: someone familiar with the quality, durability, and reliability of Japanese vehicles, but who left the Asian makers behind as they moved upmarket. With the LS and.

Toyota dared to take on Mercedes and BMW when it launched the Lexus LS 400 in 1989. A rear-drive, V8-powered sedan that had nothing in common with its more pedestrian Toyota brothers, it was aimed at a new type of U.S. luxury car buyer: someone familiar with the quality, durability, and reliability of Japanese vehicles, but who left the Asian makers behind as they moved upmarket. With the LS and establishment of the Lexus sales channel, Toyota hoped to stop these defections.

Though the project started in 1983, it wasn#39;t until 1989 that the LS 400 was ready for sale. At $35,000, it had a starting price much lower than its European competitors, and offered comparable performance and better fuel economy. The powertrain consisted of a new 250 horsepower 4.0-liter quad cam V8 mated to an electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission.

This was enough to propel the LS from 0 to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 155 mph, while avoiding the gas guzzler tax.

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Freshened in 1993, the original model was replaced by the second generation LS 400 in 1995. The V8 engine was upgraded and its output increased to 260 hp and 270 lb-ft. Sound insulation was increased, the body structure was made stiffer, the suspension and brakes were improved, the wheelbase grew 1.4-in. and its weight dropped 209 lbs.

Though its price rose to $51,000, 0-60 mph times dropped to 7.1 seconds, more features were added to the base vehicle, and the European luxury car makers began to take Lexus very seriously. In 1998, the refreshed second-generation car received a five-speed automatic transmission, more power (290 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque), better acceleration and fuel economy numbers, and minor styling upgrades.

The third generation launched as a 2001 model with numerous changes, including an increase in engine size to 4.3 liters, and a new name: LS430. Length and height increased, and the wheelbase grew from 112.2-in. to 115.2-in. Acceleration times continued to drop, as did the drag coefficient of the body. This made the LS more aerodynamic as well as quieter.

It also became more expensive as the LS commanded a premium price more in line with its European rivals. An update in 2004 replaced the five-speed automatic with a six-speed, made minor styling upgrades, and added new features like knee airbags and an optional pre-collision warning system.

Even greater changes came in, in 2006 when the LS 460 debuted wearing the brand#39;s new L-finesse styling. Developed by Italian designer Leonardo Fioravanti, creator of the legendary Ferrari Daytona, it replaced the previous models#39; derivative styling with clean, simple shapes. Offered in both short- (116.0-in.) and long-wheelbase (121.7-in.) versions, the LS 460 received a new 4.6-liter V8 mated to an industry-first eight-speed automatic transmission.

An all-wheel-drive variant was added in 2009, as was the LS 600h L hybrid. It combines a 5.0-liter version of the LS 460#39;s V8 with a high-output electric motor, nickel-metal hydride batteries and all-wheel-drive with a continuously variable automatic transmission, and its $105,885 price tag makes it the most expensive Japanese car ever sold in the U.S. A mid-cycle refreshing is planned for 2010, with a new LS scheduled for 2012.

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