BBC — Autos — Lexus LS 460L, splendid isolation

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Lexus LS 460L, splendid


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“Creamy” and “silken” are played as are references to bank vaults, carpets and sensory deprivation Truth told, when it to refinement and build quality, the LS has become superlative in its own right. said, if supreme isolation noise, vibration and harshness is not top road-going priority, the revised-for-2013 LS is to anesthetise. The flagship Lexus has never been a particularly drive on more technical and the new model is unlikely to alter perception.

The tested long-wheelbase LS belied its enormity with acceleration (5.4 seconds to claims Lexus). Matched to an automatic transmission, the car’s V8 delivers 386 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of (with rear-wheel drive; and 347lb-ft with the optional system a drop that attributes to a re-routed exhaust in AWD models). Braking is quick, and fade-free. And handling. Well, the LS handle, per se. It changes direction, but it does so with a sort of languor. Approach a tight too quickly and the big sedan will roll its eyes and invite its stability control system to in and complete the turning process. driver. The car lopes along roads in a way that feels safe, if not exactly titillating. It is but never hurried.

In fairness, new this year is a athletically inclined LS, the LS 460 F Sport, boasts a host of racier and interior trimmings, a lowered Brembo brakes and 19in alloy wheels. The car brings edginess to the LS’s otherwise ride, albeit no additional

Back to that regal however: what can be a buzzkill on back roads is, in fact, the essence of the LS’s greatness on streets and open interstates. in the long-wheelbase model, which is five inches beyond the ample standard-length LS, pavement simply cease to exist. You see the coming, and then nothing. noise. Calling the LS quiet completely insufficient. The LS is not merely it is six-feet-under quiet; it is deep-space it is, well, LS quiet. Some invite the driver to shut off the to listen to the yowl of the engine or the of the tires. The LS invites its driver to off the stereo to listen to nothing. is the novelty, and it is addictive.

Lexus has given the new LS a healthy of advanced technology including the split-screen, high-definition display dominates the dashboard to keep with the car’s gadget-laden rivals. Unlike the Germans, whose infotainment systems intimacy with a labyrinth of and sub-menus, the LS setup’s user-friendliness above reproach. Of course, the tech-inept are welcome to refer to the 1,200-page, multi-volume owner’s a leather-bound bundle so large it is to reside in the trunk.

For 2013, the LS has grown to seven models, the standard- and long-wheelbase LS 460 and LS 460L, and the LS 460 F all available with rear- or drive; and the all-wheel-drive LS 600hL Long-wheelbase models offer a seating configuration with audio- and climate-control hub and a La-Z-Boy-style right-rear seat with Shiatsu massage function. Desmond would approve.

So as it wafts toward its next century, the premier sedan Toyota’s premier division true to its raison d’etre. It is the conveyance for buyers (those who and those who are driven) who believe an highest calling is to protect its from life’s little

Vital stats: 2013 LS 460L

Lexus LS

Base price: inclusive of $895 destination fee

As $97,585

EPA fuel economy: city, 24mpg highway

Powertrain: 386hp 4.6-litre V8 eight-speed automatic transmission, drive

Standard equipment: leather interior with trim, GPS navigation system, discharge headlamps, stability power glass moonroof, camera

Major options: Luxury Package (climate-comfort and outboard rear seats, climate control including overhead ducts, power sunshade, power rear-door power-adjustable outboard rear with memory, two-way lumbar support and lumbar power-adjustable outboard rear headrests, wood-trimmed climate and controls in rear-center armrest, audio controls, rear-seat system, rear-seat cool power trunk open/close, seat-mounted side airbags Mark-Levinson 19-speaker, 450-watt system ($1,650); Pre-Collision Dynamic Radar Cruise ($1,500); blind-spot monitor cross-traffic alert ($500); Variable Suspension with Gear Ratio Steering

Some cars invite the to shut off the stereo to listen to the of the engine or the squealing of the tires. The LS its driver to shut off the stereo to to nothing. Silence is the novelty, and it is

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