The Japanese luxury brand plans to bring the first lot of its flagship limousines, the 2007 Lexus LS 460 and its stretched sibling LS 460 L, some time in October, 2006. In its current form, the new LS-class XF40 line was presented in October, 2005 when the carmaker first revealed their LF-Sh (Lexus Future-Sedan hybrid) concept car during the motor show in Tokyo. At the beginning of this year the production model was presented in Detroit and was kindly met by local public.
The vehicles that are set to compete against the sporty 2006 BMW 750i and 750Li respectively, as well as the luxury Mercedes-Benz S-Class executive sedan will reportedly deliver more power, better fuel economy, and -as a cherry on the pie- faster acceleration.
However, the new Japanese vehicle with its wheelbase of 2,969 mm (116.9 in) and 3,091 mm (121.7 in) will probably offer less living space both than the BMW (2,990 mm (117.7 in) and 3,129 mm (123.2 in)) and the Mercedes-Benz (3,085 mm (121.4 in) and 3,165 mm (124.6 in)) respectively.
The 2007 Lexus LS 460 luxury sedan will be equipped with a V8 gasoline engine with dual fuel induction system, featuring a maximum of 380 horsepower and 370 lb-ft (502 Nm) of maximum torque.
Being mated to the world’s first eight-speed gearbox, the LS 460 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.4-5.5 seconds and features quite decent mileage, getting about 19/27 city/highway mpg.
The LS 460 will have its price stick put somewhere in the mid-$60,000s, which is way over the current LS 430’s $57,220 sticker price.
See also: 2006 Lexus GS 450h hybrid sedan