Lexus LS460 A Techno Marvel For Perfectionists

Posted by: David Kiley on January 8, 2006

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Lexus introduced the LS460 here, a replacement for its flagship LS430 now in showrooms. All I have to say is…what could they possibly have left out.

-The industry’s first eight-speed automatic transmission


-Built-in hard disk that can hold up to 4,000 songs of digital music. It takaes three years to listen to all of them, about the same time as most leases.


-Combined port and direct-injection fuel system for the 4.6-liter V-8 engine. The engine will be rated at about 380 horsepower and 370 pounds-feet of torque. It will go 0 to 60 mph in less than 5.5 seconds.

-A Mark Levinson sound system with 19 speakers.

-Reclining rear seats with foot rests and massage systems.

-Individual DVD monitors for rear-seat passengers.

-Sensors for the climate control system that measure cabin temperature and body temperature of the occupants.

-A hands-free parking system that will enable the car to pull itself into a parking space – a feature already offered by Toyota on some vehicles in Japan.

ON top of all that, Toyota chief Jim Press tells me that all the wood in each car was sourced from the same tree to achieve perfect consistency.

And…the opening of the cup-holder and ash tray were calibrated to emerge from their console pods at exactly the same speed.

It’s a good thing. If there’s anything I hate, it’s when the ash tray and cupholder are out of sync.

Reader Comments

Hugh Halff

January 10, 2006 4:05 PM

Just as soon as the Lexus LS 460 becomes available, I am going to buy one. It sounds fantastic.

Andres

January 10, 2006 9:22 PM

Definetly The relentless persuit of perfection...

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John McLean

January 13, 2006 11:58 AM

Lexus Nailing Things.

1. Lexus nailed it with the LS400.

2. Then nailed it again with the 2005 LS430.

3. And now nails it with the LS460/600h.

If anybody in the auto industry does not see Lexus as a threat and is still convinced that the Japanese cannot make luxury cars, they should be fired immediately.

Norma

February 2, 2006 3:09 PM

I have been waiting for this car!

R Frede

February 9, 2006 9:52 PM

Every new generation Lexus LS seems to put ever increasing pressure in the top luxury segment. I guess they meant it when talked about their relentless pursuit of perfection. Have you seen the dash in the new Mercedes S class, my God it seems like it was pulled from some outdated Buick lESABRE or something, just horrible!, although the exterior of the car looks excellent. The Lexus seem modern and crisp inside and out, Yes, definitely Lexus got the look of their car just right this time. Good for them.

jermaine

February 13, 2006 7:34 PM

excellent car. from what i've read."wont get into it" i'm only 22 and i'm saying to my self. can lexus get any better. man if i can only buy one..well i hope after i'm finish with college i can be able to finance one and buy it..i'm already saving for it (lol)..8 speed automatic..that's insane. yeah..all u bentley and maybach buyers should take a look at this prestigious art of luxury. it's a great buy

AndreNorton

March 9, 2006 5:12 AM

Tami

September 28, 2006 9:58 AM

Finally I may be able to get my husband to upgrade from his LS400 which he LOVES! This just may be the car that does it.

Greg Gebhardt

October 25, 2006 3:24 PM

I ordered my Mercury Metalic LS460 today. Was picking up my LX470 and fell in love instantly. Such demand, I have to wait in line for mine to come to the dealer. I love how my Lexus dealer did it. They removed every car in the 15 car showroom and put the LS460 in the center, by itself. Simply outstanding

dwnova

November 21, 2006 3:45 PM

I was looking for a luxury car for about a year. Tested BMW M-5, 7 series, M-BS550 and Audi A-8. Actually placed an order for an AMG S550. Cancelled it after I read about the LS460 a couple of months ago.I ordered the LS without even seeing one. Got my black LS460 on the launch day. I am so glad I made the right decision. The quality, smoothness, handling, 8 speed trans, 380HP engine is better than any of the other alternatives.

With 30M lower cost than the AMG and the dependability of a Lexus, I cannot see why anyone would go back to the German products. May be MB has a better styling but the LS will grow on you.

Absolutely the best car for your buck.

Alejandro

November 26, 2006 8:48 AM

Hi you car wery !!! God car yes am the texas you !!!

Don

December 16, 2006 4:00 PM

Why oh Why did they build such a great car, and only offer it in such drab colors?
I couldn't wait for the LS460 and when it finally arrived I am so dissatified with the color options I left without ordering one. I will wait until after the dealer has more in stock and maybe one with a DARK interior. I don't understand why they insist on ordering cars with light interiors, I took a poll of over 50 people, and found only 3 who prefer a light interior.
But I loved the car, and will probably break down a buy one anyway. My 2001 LS430 has 77,000 miles and has never had a problem, except my wife has taken it so I ned to get the LS460 and NEVER let her drive it

GREG RENEAU

December 22, 2006 4:25 PM

I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS CAR. DEFINITELY WILL GET IT IN MAY

John McLean

January 8, 2007 7:39 AM

The Lexus LS460 and LS460L are bench mark cars. They define what a luxury car should be and set a marker for other cars to follow.

I drove the LS460L, and what a "sweet" car this is both on the Interstates when I was forced to use the Cruise Control because I was unaware of the actual speed I would reach in the blink of an eye!!!! The car was so smooth that I found it hard to believe I was doing 65 mph!!! It is a much better car than the LS430 and that is not a car to be sniffed at either!!!

In the twisties I gave a Porsche 911 and a BMW 750iL a run for their money with no sweat!!!

This is one incredible car - Buy it and be cool!!!

John McLean

January 15, 2007 4:00 PM

The Lexus LS460 L is built by robots to unprecedented standards. When the prototype was ready the Lexus Top Brass sat in the car with engine on and some other gizmos and although it was as quiet as a Mummy's tomb, they said it was too noisy!!!

Consequently, every servo motor had to be taken out and re-engineered. This took another six months. After which the Lexus Top Brass sat in the
prototype again, then got out of the car, turned
to the Chief Engineer and said "Well Done"!!!
Those two words put the LS460 and LS460 L into
production.

Lexus is an incredible Company!!! They will do whatever it takes to rectify the slightest imperfecton, no matter what cost, and nobody
works 40 hours a week. The concept of the 40
hour (who ever dreamed this number 40 up!!!) does
not exist at Lexus!!! The concept of "Whatever it
takes!!!!" is prevalent.

In 1996 Lexus wanted to get rid of 200 pounds off the LS400 upgrade. They tried every trick in the book and managed to drop 199 pounds and 14 ounces.
They were 2 ounces short. Now, by this time most companies would have been satisfied and let the 2 ounces "go". But not Lexus!!! Lexus actually built
a machine(s) costing over 1 Million dollars that
hollowed out each fibre in the carpets of
each car. Weight saved = 3 ounces!! One ounce over the top!!!

They strive for perfection in everything they do,
do not rush to get thee product out the door and
work, work work all the time.

The three most spoken words at Lexus are "Test",
"Test", "Test".

Nhorvath

January 16, 2007 2:53 PM

I've had my LS460L for one week. Love the car! Lexus did it again.

Kenneth

March 30, 2007 9:34 AM

One sick car(sick meaning awesome)I love this car.I wish I owned one.This is the ultimate car.

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