Lexus Unveils the New 2013 LS Model Range
31 Jul, 2012
Following the recent GS and ES models, the new Lexus flagship is a bold blend of refinement and evolution. It incorporates powerful new styling featuring the Lexus spindle grille design, with enhanced driving dynamics and industry-leading technology.
‘With over 730,000 sold during its 23 years, four generation history, the LS has grown and evolved with the times’ said Kiyotaka Ise, President, Lexus International. 'Our new flagship has much greater visual presence; the bold new design reflects how Lexus is evolving. This new LS brings sharper driving dynamics, the highest levels of refinement and luxury and once again is supported by industry leading technology’
The new LS has over 3000 changes, including three world first, and no less than 15 Lexus first, features and technical innovations.
‘The LS has always appealed to customers who demand the best. They appreciate the highly refined and luxurious nature of the Lexus flagship’ said Hideki Watanabe, LS Chief Engineer. ‘So, at the start of the LS development programme, I had to consciously broaden my horizons, focusing on the finer things in life from the worlds of art, design and technology – a first step towards creating the most sophisticated LS yet to satisfy the world’s most discerning customers.’
Responding in detail to customer feedback throughout every aspect of its development, the new Lexus flagship has been conceived to raise the bar even higher in the pursuit of unprecedented refinement, comfort, driving performance, technical excellence and, above all, quality.
The exterior of the new LS has been comprehensively redesigned. A Lexus first, it can be equipped with all-LED exterior lighting, including vertical foglamps incorporating the world’s smallest PES lens, and unique, L-shaped, seamless light tube Daytime Running Lights (DRLs).
Reflecting the direction next-generation Lexus models will take, the bold, sophisticated dynamism of the new spindle grille frontal design awards the vehicle a combination of enhanced elegance, greater road presence and stronger brand identity entirely appropriate to a flagship model.
The heightened perceptions of aggression and dynamism represented by the new spindle grille design herald a significant improvement in driving dynamics, responsiveness and handling agility.
New, laser screw welding and adhesive body bonding techniques have increased overall body rigidity. This not only enhances stability, but also allows for a more comfortable ride with no detriment to handling agility.
Through new, Frequency Adaptive Damping (FAD) shock absorbers or a 4-wheel interlock control evolution of the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) air suspension system, pitch and bounce control has been enhanced to give an even flatter, road-hugging ride.
Revised steering offers immediately noticeable improvements in accuracy and turn-in response. And the braking system has been enhanced for more immediate power and greater pedal feel.
A new Drive Mode Select system features up to five switchable driving modes - ECO, COMFORT, NORMAL, SPORT S and SPORT S+, to optimise the driver’s preferred combination of economy, comfort, performance and handling characteristics.
An all-new F SPORT package combines more sporting, aggressive exterior and interior design with genuine dynamic enhancements, including the lowering of ride height by 10 mm, Brembo® 6-pot calliper front brakes, and paddle shift controls.
Rear-wheel drive LS 460 models further benefit from the addition of a Torsen® limited slip differential and paddle shift incorporating automatic throttle blipping on downshifts.
The LS 460 F SPORT package also adds an intake sound creator to the engine, amplifying the vibration of the intake pulse and introducing it into the cabin.