Review: 2013 Lexus LS 460 F-Sport (Video) | The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2013 Lexus LS 460 (Video)

While BMW has been the 7-Series into a luxuriously highway cruiser, Lexus has busy injecting sport their isolated lineup. In we got the 417HP IS-F, in 2011 the insane LF-A super and in 2012 we were introduced to styling and suspension tweak F-Sport with the GS350 It was only a matter of time the spindle grille and the looks-fast F appeared on Lexus’s flagship LS. Can a and “handles-better” package help the LS the sales crown? Or does need to go back to the drawing for some go-fast love?

new styling direction has been controversial, which is probably a for Lexus having subscribed to the is elegant” mantra since While I wasn’t sure the new “spindle” grille on the 2011 GS and I to see the 2014 IS to figure out if I like it, the on the LS suits me just fine. The in my mind is the proportions. The LS’ blunt wide stance and long just work while the snout and more pronounced on the IS seem a bit too “try hard” to me at the In addition to the blacked out grill you see F-Sport models get a lowered Brembo brakes, revised tuning and unique wheels. The for the added kit? $12,080 the base LS 460′s starting of $71,990. Out the door at $84,965 the LS 460 undercuts a similarly equipped BMW M-Sport by nearly $2,000. The 295HP V6 S400 starts at If you thought the LS sells on reliability and you’re right.

Most spend the cash on the outside of the model leaving less of the for interior tweaks and so it is with the We get some tweaked seats, pedals, a black Alcantara and Lexus’ hallmark wood has been swapped for aluminum. The of the standard LS’ split-level dash dominated by a large 12.3-inch Befitting a vehicle this the interior in our tester screamed to detail” with perfect high quality materials and color matching.

That price tag is important to in mind. While the LS F-Sport from $84,965 to $88,115, even the 740i can be optioned up to $111,295 if not careful. As a result you won’t some of the expensive options on the BMW a full-leather dashboard, heads-up night vision, or fancy knobs. Of course, few 7-Series check those option and the more you add the more there is to go Lexus’ mantra has long to keep things as simple as by offering high levels of equipment, bundling options in and steering clear of any gadget or that could go wrong a warranty period. Few BMW shoppers their 7-series to the gills so 90% of shoppers will find all seek in the F-Sport’s black-only

The F-Sport’s 16-way power seat and 12-way passenger’s have beefed-up bolstering and logos on the headrests.  While I the seats to be very comfortable for my frame, the GS’ 18-way seats a wider range of motion and Thanks to the thicker bolstering on the back and bottom the F-Sport hold you in your seat you decide to drift on your way to the district. All F-Sport models with an F-Sport specific wheel based heavily on the LS tiller. An electric tilt/telescoping column with memory is

Lexus’s flagship sedan is as about the rear occupants as the To that end the F-Sport still has a rear throne with “buckets” and a high-mounted center Thanks to the typical RWD “hump” and the design of the outboard seats, the spot should be left to Ditching that 5th person make the rear more anyway and four full-sized adults will have no or legroom issues in even the wheelbase LS. Befitting the “…” the LS is designed to appeal to, the rear cushions aren’t sitting on the providing more thigh than your average As you would expect with any this size, the LS sports a 18 cubic foot trunk.

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Widescreen systems are all the rage and 2013 the LS up to with a large 12-inch LCD in the Positioned in its own “pod”, the screen is and closer to the normal sight of a driver than before. The ditches the intuitive touchscreen Lexus has used for the better of a decade for the Lexus joystick officially called Lexus Touch.) I won’t beat the bush, I hate it. I am however to suggestion, so please post thoughts and experiences with Touch in the comment section

My issues with LRT are: it a great deal of room on the console,and it takes far more coordination than a touchscreen. time I am in a Lexus I find glancing at the screen and fiddling the little control pad far more when I’m in a competitor’s luxury This increased distraction gone unnoticed by my better who constantly nags me about my eyes on the road. Want to an address using the on-screen keyboard? It’s obvious why won’t let you do that in motion.

To the blow Lexus throws in the media device voice interface as the other Lexus and Toyota products receive. The is snappy, managed to figure out command I threw at and has a more sounding voice than Touch. Helping counter the Lexus Remote Touch (see how that’s not my fault the available Mark Levinson system can drown out even the shrill mother-in-laws.

Perhaps reinforcing that focuses on the “meat” of the luxury and not the one-percent . you won’t find the level of gee-wizardry in the F-Sport as of the Euro competitors. You won’t night vision, a full-leather expensive ceramic knobs, front seats, heads-up or full-LCD instrument clusters in the showroom. Instead, Lexus down on perfect seams, cabins, a high level of equipment and quantities of wood would make Jaguar New for 2013 is an optional collision system that augments the warning system from year’s model with the to fully stop the car while at low speeds to prevent an accident. like the system Volvo has stuffing in their cars 2009, the system is active about 5-24 MPH. has also tweaked their dynamic cruise control to now the LS to a complete stop and take off in stop-and-go traffic.

The naturally luxury car V8 is an endangered species now BMW, Audi and Mercedes are turbo love. Lexus is the holdout using the same naturally aspirated V8 engine the LS 460 with in 2006.The direct-injection produces 386 ponies at 6,400 RPM to 360 in the AWD model) and 367lb-ft of twist at Power delivery is typical of a DOHC V8; there is enough at the low end to chirp the wheels, torque in a linear fashion and most of the happens near red-line. The will note the F-Sport is on power when pitted the latest in German twin-turbo V8s the F-sport at a serious disadvantage stoplight racing. In terms of the LS 460 compares most directly to the with BMW’s turbocharged engine. On the bright side, the engine is incredibly smooth and has one of the engine sounds on this (you can thank the turbos for up the German symphony.) Why didn’t drop the 5.0L V8 from the into the F-Sport? The world may now.

For F-Sport duty the LS gets a few tweaks and performance-themed upgrades. The automatic has been reprogrammed to downshifts, there are some shift paddles on the steering and there’s a Torsen limited differential out back. F-Sport adds variable gear steering to the electro-mechanical power unit and an additional “Sport+”  mode for the engine, transmission, and suspension systems

The naturally V8 defines the way the F-Sport at the dragstrip. the engine needs to rev to 4,100 RPM for to peak, it lacks the immediacy and you feel from the twin-turbo and Bimmer. The 8-speed automatic closely spaced low gears to improve off-the-line performance the F-Sport to hit 60 in 5.47 seconds. a hair slower than the BMW and half a second slower the 750 or S550. However, if a great is more important to you than consider that turbos with classic V8 sounds due to location in the intake and exhaust Further boosting the high-revving V8 Lexus dropped a sound into the intake to pipe “V8″ into the cabin.

The of sport packages is primarily to looks, and secondarily improve That makes Lexus’ to put an air-suspension in the F-Sport a bit unusual. You there are three basic of adaptive suspension systems. The uses a strut filled a ferromagnetic fluid whose changed when electricity is (GM and Audi like that The second is a more typical strut with an electronically valve to alter damping (Volvo, Ford and Chrysler use one). Last is the air-suspension. the other two, air systems just alter the damping, are also involved in maintaining (or the ride height. This they both damp and your car off the ground. By altering the in the internal air bags, ride and height can be adjusted. While air have a pedigree (everyone Rolls Royce to Jaguar one) having a vehicle on four small “Aero leads to an unusual feel the road starts to curve. I’m no to this technology, my own Jaguar V8 uses a similar system, and it a similar feel. There’s a Jaguar ditched the system for new breed of corner-clawing kitties.

Despite the F-Sport having a ride height over the LS and the air suspension being tweaked for a ride, the system is firm but Sort of like over-inflating air mattress you pull out for overnight (My Jaguar feels exactly the and so does the Mercedes S-Class.) doesn’t mean the F-Sport is a barge, it just means the is unusual. Feelings aside, the handles extremely well to grippy low-profile rubber and variable gear ratio system.

Lexus LS 460

VGRS (as Lexus it) has a more natural and direct than BMW’s active system, especially on close-quarter switchbacks where you’re the wheel as you alternate mashing the and go pedals. The system fools you thinking the F-Sport is lighter and balanced than the BMW when in they very similar. At (front:rear), the F-Sport is a bit heavier in the than the near-prefect 50:50 BMW (but not far off the heavier 750i), but the hides it well, only up the secret when you’ve hit the and the nose begins to plow. to the heavier 750i or S550, the LS lighter on its feet. Surprised? You be, after all, BMW is the new Meercedes. I would take the more vehicle, I know a majority of owners prefer a car that toward understeer. (Fear if your foot is mashing the go the F-Sport will get all kinds of on you.)

Out on the highway or driving through downtown streets, the air suspension more sense because it up pavement imperfections like a Fleetwood, which is after all the d’être of the Lexus brand. I think I would have the engineers swap the airbags for steel coils, I don’t that would make the sell any better. Without shove, the F-Sport will be direct competition for the new breed of luxury sedan. Instead the is quite simply the best Lexus to date and the most large sedan the Japanese ever built.  Is that to regain the sales crown? time will tell, but the grille, F-Sport model and low price sure can’t

Well priced luxury car a discount brand cachet.

reliability reputation.

The F-Sport as demure as a modern 7-series but not as as a Maserati, etc.

The Lexus device is my least favorite input device.

Fewer and gizmos are available compared to the BMW and Audi A8.

Lexus provided the insurance and one tank of gas for this

Specifications as tested

Lexus LS 460
Lexus LS 460
Lexus LS 460
Lexus LS 460

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