The all-new Lexus LS family of vehicles with the LS 460 in rear-wheel drive form has a starting price of $71,990 (which excludes the $895 destination fee). The Lexus LS, which was newly reviewed, is its flagship sedan that was redesigned for the 2013 model year, giving the conventional luxury sedan a sportier edge.
A 4.6-liter V8 engine is used to power all LS 460 models. It delivers 386 hp and 367 lb-ft of torque in rear-wheel drive form. The all-wheel drive LS 460, which has a starting price of $74,935, has an output of 360 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque. The longer wheelbase model, the LS 460 L, is priced from $78,290 in rear-wheel drive.
Meanwhile, the all-wheel drive model is priced at $81,775. Those who want additional sport can choose the F-Sport variant, which has starting prices of $81,990 for rear-wheel drive and $84,885 for all-wheel drive.
LS 600h L, which has a starting price of $119,910 and is equipped with a 5.0-liter V8 partnered to an electric motor, is found at the top of the lineup. It has a combined system output of 438 hp and the LS 600h L with a fuel economy rating of 19-mpg city, 23-mpg highway.
Lexus’ LS lineup now includes the LS 460, LS 460L, LS 600hL hybrid as well as the LS 460 F Sport. Both the LS 460 and LS 460L can be configured either as rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Meanwhile, the LS Hybrid could be configured with a full-time AWD system.
Meanwhile, the new Lexus LS 460 F Sport offers a more assertive exterior and a distinctly sporty interior, plus a dynamism that increases the engagement level between the car and the driver. While the Lexus LS 460 F Sport provides the driver with a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, F Sport seats with larger bolsters as well as aluminum trim, the engagement level has upped a level by employing a sport tuned air suspension (lowered by 0.4 inches), Brembo six-piston caliper brakes and 19-inch forged wheels wrapped in summer or all-season tires. Rear-wheel drive models come with a Torsen limited slip rear differential.
Overall, the carmaker’s LS lineup for the 2013 model year comes with a fresher, more dynamic and more refined styling. For instance, the new LS now features a more aggressive spindle grille that lends the car a strong road presence and brand identity.
For the 2013 model year, the new LS comes with a body that is more rigid, allowing for a more comfortable ride and greater stability while on the move. The new LS employs new frequency dependent shock absorbers, which result to improved pitch and bounce as well as to a more road-hugging drive. Its steering system has been revised for better accuracy and turn-in response. In addition, Lexus tweaked the braking system for a greater sense of pedal feel when hitting the brakes.
The new 2013 Lexus LS could be fitted with an array of safety features like the advanced Pre-Collision Safety (A-PCS) system -- with Collision Avoidance Assist – which aids in avoiding or mitigating impact against both vehicles and pedestrians under certain speeds. When the speed of the LS is lower than 24 mph, A-PCS helps the car to avoid collisions by bringing the LS to a complete halt.