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New Lexus comes fully loaded

2013-03-18 18:54

The new Lexus LS 460 is out at local showrooms, and while the costly tag might be questioned at first, it’s almost a brand new car and all the goodies are included as standard.

Every bell and whistle you would expect to find is included in the new car, and customers merely need to choose the body colour and trim options they fancy.

Launched back in 2006, the LS 460 made quite an impression, but it also had a few glitches when it had to be recalled several times for a few glitches. Either way, the car was a stunner even back then and came fully loaded too. Now, with a few more years of technology in the boot, even literally, the car sounds like it could be worth its R1-million plus price tag. (We'll have to see for ourselves when we test it at Wheels24.)

NEW PARTS GALORE

Lexus says the only things that have not been touched on the new car are the exterior door panels. Other than that, there are more than 3 000 parts and components including the dashboard, seats and engine control unit.

Lexus South Africa general manager Justin Ryan said:  “One easily forgets that dramatic change is in the spirit of Lexus and, as the pioneer of the Lexus brand, of the LS.”

“The first generation of LS set new global records for time and money invested in the development of a single model, while every Lexus since has upset the status quo with its long list of luxuries included in the price.”

THROATY POWER

Powering the car is a 4.6-litre V8 with 32 valves and dual intelligent variable valve timing (dual VVT-i) pushing out 285kW at 6400rpm and 493Nm at 4100rpm, mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It goes from zero to 100km/h in 5.7 seconds and governed top speed of 250km/h, along with a symphonic sound track thanks to the acoustically engineered sound amplifier linked to the engine.

Lexus claims a combined fuel consumption of 10.7 litres/100km in a combined cycle, down from 11.1 in the previous model.

Styling sees the ‘spindle grille' or, better known as the 'king spindle' which uses a large part of the front end while still remaining rigid. The grille is draped in chrome, which is a first under the new L-finesse design, surrounded by two levels of LED light detailing.

There’s a new sculpted bonnet, a sound-proof windscreen, rear light clusters, side mirrors with integrated LED turn indicators, puddle lights and aero-stabilising fins, privacy glass with rear automated blinds and new side skirts. There is also brand new 19” alloys.

Even the boot lid has a hidden reverse camera and rear sensors that work in combination with the vehicle’s blind spot monitoring system.

SPOILT FOR CHOICE

Inside, the  automaker spoils with the finest leather, real wood or bamboo inserts, mood lighting and easily accessible equipment controls. If you want to be different, you can opt for the real Japanese Shimamoku trim - fine wood layering that takes 67 steps in 38 days as no extra cost.

A new feature is the world-first climate concierge system which has sensors measuring the four zones in and outside the car and adjusts the temperature accordingly, including that of the seat heating and cooling and heated steering wheel. The system also ionises and purifies the interior air air to remove smells, pollutants and pollen.

BIG SCREENS

The facia includes a 14.7cm colour display monitor for the various information available to the driver and a 31.2cm electro multi vision (EMV) display above the analogue clock. The latter is cut from aluminium and illuminates when a person carrying the key approaches the car. The clock is also equipped with a GPS system to adjust time according to the relevant time zone.

The large EMV screen uses the remote touch interface (RTI) with satellite navigation and iPod cover art, and a voice control system.

The drive mode select control allows the driver to choose between eco/comfort, normal, sport and sport plus. This system is also linked to the vehicle’s adaptive air suspension to change ride and handling characteristics in each mode.

Anyone’s favourite feature would be the improved 19-speaker Mark Levinson sound system with a 15 channel amplifier and connectivity for any type of input –even Blu-ray discs.

PRICE
The Lexus LS460 is available at a cool R1 236 700 with a four year/100 000km full maintenance plan and warranty with roadside assistance. Service intervals are at 15 000km.

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Comments
  • Tieno Bloubul - 2013-03-18 19:17

    Overprized toyota rubbish

      Christie Lombard - 2013-03-18 23:13

      Al ooit een bestuur Tieno....?

      Christie Lombard - 2013-03-18 23:13

      Al ooit een bestuur Tieno....?

      de.stig.9 - 2013-03-19 09:25

      Rubbish is what you have covered in that trouser. That is rubbish. You are a small boy

      de.stig.9 - 2013-03-19 09:25

      Rubbish is what you have covered in that trouser. That is rubbish. You are a small boy

      Thando Gqabaza - 2013-03-19 11:53

      This "rubbish" is probably the most refined car in the world and can be driven without a motor plan in full confidence.

      Tieno Bloubul - 2013-03-19 16:12

      I see the corolla brigade is in full force, this is probally the ugliest overrated car on the planet. Does not come near the German Three.

      Tieno Bloubul - 2013-03-19 16:13

      En Christie, ja ek het, my seun se polo is beter as die gemors

      Nico Basson - 2013-03-19 17:20

      Tieno, alles behalwe 'n Toyota fan, maar om te sê 'n Lexus is rubbish is stooopid. Mense wat motor kennis het kom hiernatoe, dit mag dalk nie die regte plaek vir jou wees nie.

      Tieno Bloubul - 2013-03-19 19:07

      Rerig Nico, nou se vir my waarom n Lexus so great is. Vergelyk byvoorbeeld die motor met n Audi A8, BMW 7 reeks, Mercedes S klas, Volkswagen Pheaton in terme van verligting, tegnologie, standaard toerusting, veiligheid ens. Dan kan ons gou sien wie hoort op die forum.

      Erik Poncho's Van Wyk - 2013-03-20 09:29

      Net n bloubul ondersteuner redeneer so vlak.

      jango.za - 2013-03-20 12:34

      Ja ou Tieno. A polo, now that is crud. You buy that when you have no money to buy anything decent. As for Lexus vs. the German 3 (and I drive a high-end BMW), they do extremely well in the overseas markets and in JD Powers for owner experienced quality (unlike a Polo, which is normally at the bottom of the list near Tata, Landrover, and the French junk). They are top notch compared to the German 3. Stop living in the boerewors curtain, there is life outside of Benoni, try reading the internet ou swaap.

      christiaan.carstens.9 - 2013-03-20 12:46

      Ek is ook n blou bull ondersteuner maar ek sal jou dit se Tieno is n TROLL, Lexus wen Csi indekse reg oor die wereld met n groot grens teenoor Mercedes om nie eers van Bmw nog minder Audi te praat. Toyota is nie veniet no1 in n klomp velde nie, maak vrede met die feit dat Toyota goeie besigheid doen eerste en daardeer n beter produk lewer as die res en jy sal begin agter kom waar ander vervaardigers kort kom. Maak nie n fout nie, Vw is nie sleg nie maar Toyota is beter.Kyk net sy herverkoops waarde. "word of mouth" is die maklikste manier om n produk te verkoop en jy kan dit beproef, kyk waar kry jy die beste verkoops diens wat n nuwe kar aan betref, meestal by ander handelaars(daar is uitsonderings) maar n persoon wat n Toyota soek kom stry oor prys.

      Nico Basson - 2013-03-20 16:05

      Um Tieno, volgens JD Powers Quality survey 2012 Nameplate Rank: Lexus #1; Merc #9; BMW #10 Large Premium Car: #1 Lexus LS; #2 Mercedes-Benz S-Class; #3 Porsche Panamera Sien hoeveel is jou opinie werd...

      Tieno Bloubul - 2013-03-21 08:06

      Nico, ek stel nie belang in stats nie.

      Theunis De Jongh - 2013-03-23 01:41

      Hi Tieno, Kan ek jou dalk in 'n hanswors neus interesseer ? Gratis, aflewering ingesluit.

  • riotousr - 2013-03-19 08:29

    I demand two or else I will revoke Lexus' license to trade in South Africa. My deliveries can be made at Bribe Avenue, Crimeburg, 0666. Nice car I can trust, thirteen times more than I trust our masters at the Union Buildings.

      riotousr - 2013-03-19 08:37

      I am just going to make a few comparisons with my Renault Laguna, and then I will decide if I am willing to accept your thoughtful donation. But I suspect that my Renault may come tops. Bwhoaaaaaahhhh!!

      riotousr - 2013-03-19 08:37

      I am just going to make a few comparisons with my Renault Laguna, and then I will decide if I am willing to accept your thoughtful donation. But I suspect that my Renault may come tops. Bwhoaaaaaahhhh!!

  • Nathi Olifant - 2013-03-19 10:54

    mother of all Spindle Grilles!!!

  • ayo.mkize - 2013-03-19 11:30

    Yes i am huge Lexus fan but when it comes to the LS460 dont really get that Amped up,but the F-sport is just a fine piece of machine.

  • erik.p.vanwyk - 2013-03-19 12:48

    Besides people yapping about its a expensive toyota these cars are very difficult to fault as they do exactly what they are build for. Although not a fan of the LS size vehicles but I do like the IS and new GS.

      Tieno Bloubul - 2013-03-19 16:15

      Die GS is nie te bad nie, kort net n performance turbo om die voertuig se potential te ontsluit, die res skreeu " pensionaris se aftree kar"

  • ltjvrensburg - 2013-03-20 08:27

    At over a million not many will be sold which is a pity seeing that its a beautiful car

  • Kwashic - 2013-03-20 08:46

    for cars in this class forget looks and performance. Think luxury and features... just the fact that the entertainment unit will play all formats... trust me any rich man who knows what thy are buying will be ordering one of these. In this class its the inside that matters most. Its going to be S-Class vs Lexus. BMW sorry...the 7 series can be bought by a teenager once the later model is out. Cheap crap. The A8, okayish but more boy racer than limo. Lexus will be the serious limo-buyer's choice...not for cheap show-offs who care more about the badge outside than the package, who would sooner think a 5 series is better than a Maybach...just because they dont know a Maybach.

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