The 2013 Lexus LS flagship sedan has finally made its debut with an aggressive new redesign and an upgraded interior that mimics what you see in the 2013 GS sedan.
“While retaining many of the qualities that have defined Lexus for more than 20 years, the LS reaches new heights with an exciting blend of beautiful design, modern refinement and advanced technology,” Lexus said in a statement.
Lexus says that the 2013 LS sedan has not only received a redesign, but the engineers have focused on improving driving dynamics, responsiveness and handling. Body rigidity has been increased to allow for a more comfortable ride; pitch and bounce control has been enhanced with new frequency dependent shock absorbers, allowing for a road-hugging ride; the steering has been revised for accuracy and turn-in response; and the braking system has been adjusted for better feel.
The 2013 Lexus LS lineup includes the LS 460, LS 460L, LS 600hL hybrid, and the first-ever LS 460 F SPORT. LS 460 and LS 460L are available in RWD and AWD. The LS Hybrid is available with a full-time AWD system.
The 2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport adds F SPORT seats with larger bolsters, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters and genuine aluminum trim. It also gets some sporty character with a sport tuned air suspension that has been lowered 0.4 inches, a Torsen limited slip rear differential (RWD model), Brembo 6-piston caliper brakes and 19-inch forged wheels with summer or all-season tires.
All 2013 Lexus LS 460 models are powered by a 4.6 liter V8 making 386-hp at 6,400 rpm with a maximum torque of 367 lb-ft at 4,100 rpm. Mated to a 8-speed sequential shift automatic transmission, 0 to 60 mph takes a nice 5.4 seconds (5.9 for AWD) with a top speed of 130 mph. Fuel-economy figures come in at 16/24 mpg (city/highway) or 19 combined and 16/23 mpg or 18 for the AWD 460.
The 2013 Lexus LS 600h L Hybrid is powered by 5.0 liter V8 making 389-hp and 385 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a hybrid system with two electric-motors allowing for a total system output of 438-hp. Mated to CVT and and AWD system, the LS 600h L goes from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph. Estimated fuel-economy figures come in at 19/23 mpg or 20 mpg combined.
Of course, the interior of the new 2013 Lexus LS has been upgraded with all the technology including a 12.3-inch, split-screen, high-resolution multi-media display, a next-generation Remote Touch, Lexus Enform with App Suite and much much more.
- By: Omar Rana