2013 Lexus LS flagship luxury sedan arrives — we speak to Chief Engineer…

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2013 Lexus LS flagship sedan arrives – we speak to Engineer Hideki Watanabe

it comes to luxury cars, a very good chance the first thing to come to would not be a Japanese-built car. and car is usually linked with the suspects like Rolls Bentley, Aston Martin and the But cook up a long list of cars and there’s bound to be one marque in there, that be none other than

Known for its impeccable attention to fine Japanese craftsmanship by ‘Takumi’, and a fierce focus on Lexus has been leading the for Japanese luxury cars the brand was first introduced by in 1989. Since then, has grown to offer its customers a few models and variants, but sitting at the top of the Japanese luxury throne is the LS.

And when you think Lexus, the LS comes to mind. And rightfully so as Lexus is the only Japanese brand with a car to compete in the and 7-Series segment.

The Lexus model has been giving its established rivals from and Europe a run for their money for years now. It was the first introduced by Lexus, and immediately itself as a serious contender in the segment. Today, the LS is not the car you get if you are bored a Mercedes, BMW or Audi, but it is among the few cars you consider when you of purchasing a luxury sedan.

Over 730,000 units been sold since its 23 years ago, and is currently in its generation. Fourth generation you Isn’t this new LS the fifth Apparently not. Though the new LS over 3,000 changes its predecessor, Lexus still to call it an all-new model. everything about it is different, is why when we first wrote the LS we called it a full model Apparently we were technically

From the overall design, to the way it but it still shares some with the older model. switches, some oily the power trains, have all carried over from the model, so in view of that, has refrained from calling it

In explaining the decision not to sire it as an LS, Chief Engineer Hideki said, “The new LS is an extensive over the previous model. We changed many things, but the LS is our model, so we are constantly looking for to set the benchmark for other manufacturers. We a little bold with the and we know it might take for people to warm up to it, but we have had response, but expect the all-new to be even greater than

The new LS is the second Lexus model to the now iconic L-finesse design, the was the GS. Admittedly there were question marks with the of the car as it looks bolder and more language that’s usually for sports car that are meant to be hard, and not for cars that are to pamper and be driven in.

But there’s a behind it, according to Watanabe-san, the States is one of the largest market for and in that segment American’s prefer to drive than to be in, and that’s one of the reasons why the new LS comes with technology that it a more involving drive as


The body of the car for example is now more thanks to laser screw and adhesive bonding techniques. more rigid, the comfort of the car has not been compromised thanks to new Adaptive Damping’ shock and the Adaptive Variable Suspension air suspension that actively the car’s pitch and bounce. systems work to keep the car on uneven surfaces, this the driver better control the LS, and keeps the occupants comfortable on road surfaces.

The driver is also able to the car’s character to suit his own style with the new Drive Select system that up to five switchable driving – Eco, which gives fuel economy and suppler and in hybrid models, the Eco mode limits the voltage of the LS’s Control Unit which a more comprehensive control the air conditioning and seat heaters, and the cars dependence on the engine and system.

Comfort mode the suspension characteristics to provide a more comfortable ride. and Sport S modes take the LS to its potential, maximising throttle and engine power output to pedal inputs. There’s mode called the Sport S+ and is available with cars are fitted with the AVS system. S+ enhances performance by adjusting the chassis and steering control while the AVS system works to vehicle roll, sharpen and optimise steering feel. this translates to is a massive car is able to tackle corners and the driver with impressive

Speaking of power, the LS features two options that have enhanced to improve efficiency, power, and lower CO2 emissions. The V8 engine powers the LS460 and Dubbed the most technically internal combustion engine to have been developed by engineers, the engine features a of technological advancements like a intake system, an acoustic induction system, D-4S direct injection, and a third-generation VVT-i.

These systems work to the engine more pleasant to the and to churn out more power as The engine generates the highest output amongst normally V8 units in the premium automotive It now produces 387hp and 493Nm of mated to what was the world’s 8-speed automatic transmission, the accelerates from 0-100km/h in 5.7-seconds, and on to a top speed of 250km/h.

The on the other hand is now credited as the most powerful full V8. Its 5-litre petrol engine a whopping 445hp when to the electric motor and features of torque that is available and seamlessly from standstill. boasting more power, the will catapult to 100km/h in and on to an electronically-governed top speed of 250km/h. The also leads its class it comes down to fuel it sips just 8.6-litres of on the combined cycle, that’s to a car that’s powered by a 3.5-litre

There’s also a top of the line for those who prefer a sportier to their cars, the F-Sport that’s available for the LS for the first Available for both V8 petrol and hybrid models, the F-Sport feature unique body aggressive 19-inch wheels and Brembo front brake It also has a unique interior as well as a lowered ride enhanced body rigidity, and a limited slip differential and Stabiliser system. To top it all off, has fitted an intake sound for a louder, more engaging note.

The interior has been and now has a clean, elegant dashboard feels well-built yet easy to thanks to it being separated two distinctive zones; an upper zone with a 12.3-inch LCD screen which is also the in the industry, as well as the lower zone’ that has all the switches and the generation Remote Touch that operates everything radio controls, GPS, and air-conditioning settings.

Other the touch of modernity, the interior like it has been crafted than engineered, the ‘Shimamoku’ steering wheel for example, 38 days to manufacture and has to go through a of 67 unique processes just to get it right. The interior is available in a of six colour schemes with a of ornamentation that includes Ashburn as well as Bamboo

The air-conditioning uses 13 sensors the car to detect your body If the system concludes that you are warm, it will turn up the and lower the temperature of the air-conditioning It’s that intelligent. The on the other hand now feature technology and contributes to the fact the new Lexus LS is the most quietest car in its

The new LS was launched last week in with four variants – the LS 460 LS 460 F Sport (RM818,000), the long LS 460L (RM878,000) and the top of the line LS L (RM1,068,000). All prices are on-the-road insurance.

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