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Lexus LS 460/LS 460L Styling Impressions

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  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    I dont think its necessarily ugly, but I dont really like it. It borrows too many ques from the Maybach, and the inside is a literal cut and paste from the 7 series.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Let me just say, that the I drive is the main reason I don't consider a 7-series, (if anyone in Nuerenburg reads English) and if MB is going to adopt it, then the S-class will be dropped further from my short list than it already is. Now, I just hope the guys at Toyoda don't start copying them (you know, they love to do that), and put one in the Lexus. I don't want to have to drive my Microsoft, I like lots of buttons, with easy labels on them so I can do what I want with 1 keystroke.
  • mikegillermikegiller Posts: 602
    That would be true if this was the concept sketch...but seeing as how this is the sketch of the production model since photos are not allowed to be taken of this car, the journalist sketched the model so that there is a representation of the car. If you read the comments/history of the picture posted you would realize this. ;)
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    "If you read the comments/history of the picture posted you would realize this."

    It wasn't available to me for some reason. But thank you for clearing that up for me. I can die happy now.

    I still love the looks of the car.
  • mikegillermikegiller Posts: 602
    I'm in a dilemma right now... Lexus LS 460/500/600h or IS 350/460/500. When these cars come out I'll be in the market for one. What a joy it will be to test drive them! DECISIONS DECISION DECISION!!!

    I love Porsches, especially the 911 4s, but from what I hear, the reliability :lemon: is really lacking. Because of this, the new LF-A looks like a sure contender for a sports car in my stable. :shades:

    The new design for the 2007 LS is very sleek and sophisticated, which I like. I sure hope that the new BOSE suspension is implemented into the LS which is somewhat implied by the test mule for the BOSE suspension (this generation's LS 430). I can't say the same for their speakers, which suck IMO. Since I LOVE technology, the 2007 LS will no doubt blow my mind. Can't wait to hear some more info on this car! If anyone comes across some info or pics you haven't heard or seen before please let us know!
  • chris65amgchris65amg Posts: 372
    ""Lexus LS 460/500/600h or IS 350/460/500""

    Well I'm sure that the LS500 will be good. I'm not blowing steam either. The LS has been good for 15 years. Toyota knows that Lexus' reputation rests on the LS. That said, I'm very optimistic.
  • mikegillermikegiller Posts: 602
    I spent a little time seeing what the LS 500 would look like if I simply simplified the sketch by adjusting it to make it less busy with lines going through it every which way... here it is... (I think it looks better :D)...
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    WHAT A SEXY BEAST!!!
    In black with tinted windows.. WOW!!! Can't wait to test drive and pick it up!
  • xerok00lxerok00l Posts: 12
    oac, is this the Best Car issue you were talking about?
    http://response.jp/issue/2005/0609/article71435_1.images/88508.html
  • oacoac Posts: 1,594
    Not quite.

    The issue is the 06/26/2005 publication. Besides the yellow car, there is an Infiniti M (Fuga), Subaru Imprezza, GS450h, etc on the cover page. All of these are missing in the cover page on the link you show here.
  • chris65amgchris65amg Posts: 372
    Thank you for removing the lines. It looks a lot better. It's a good lookin car. Of course, we'll have to see the tail end to be sure, and it better have appropriately sized wheel arches, unlike the S-Class.
  • sysweisyswei Posts: 1,804
    Kevin,

    Is the Century going to be coming to the U.S. in some form?
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    I think the next LS is going to be a real stunner. The 2001 LS430 was a some what evolutionary step over the LS400. The LS460 should really take things to another level.
  • rgswrgsw Posts: 333
    Here's hoping they don't screw up the gas mileage.
  • mikegillermikegiller Posts: 602
    It would be great if you can as well provide some info on your development of the Century and its V-12 as you and your team are working on if. I am as well very interested on the evolution of this car and owning.
  • chris65amgchris65amg Posts: 372
    ""Here's hoping they don't screw up the gas mileage.""

    I hope they don't. Doesn't the current LS get something like 18-25 or so? That's really good for a land yacht (affectionate name for large luxury sedans).
  • rgswrgsw Posts: 333
    I believe that I have 22MPG on 5000 miles city/country driving so far. On the way to Denver from Albuquerque, I got almost 29 mpg (tailwind) and 24 mpg (headwind) on the way home. Very good for a strong V-8. I don't really want any more horsepower.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    It's not that big, chris - it just has a V-8. The current Town Car will beat those numbers.....and it's big.
  • maxhonda99maxhonda99 Posts: 1,289
    Yeah, the Town Car may get better MPG figures than a LS430, but how much power does that thing have, BTW??? There is a huge disparity there.
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    There's also the fact that its a Lincoln Town Car, probably the biggest joke in the luxury auto biz.
  • chris65amgchris65amg Posts: 372
    ""It's not that big, chris - it just has a V-8. The current Town Car will beat those numbers.....and it's big.""

    No it won't. The Town Car is rated at 18/25 and the LS430 is also rated at 18/25. Considering that the LS430 makes 290 hp and the Town Car makes only 239 also makes the LS430 a much stronger car. The Town Car is outclassed. Also, the LS is a big car. Granted, not as big as a Town Car, but still big nonetheless. The Town Car also still uses the old 4-speed when many land yachts have 5 or 6 speeds.
  • mikegillermikegiller Posts: 602
    Also to add: The LS430 (4.3L) can out-accelerate a Q45 (4.5L) with .2 more displacement and 55 more HP (345 HP) which is a big feat itself, it brings to the attention just how fast the new LS models will be! :surprise:
  • navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
    I just hope they improve the looks and handling of the car, two important features in this segment. Lexuses have never been known for handling, so hopefully there will be some improvement there. The looks of the car right now aren't offensive, but just boring. It would be nice to give it the touches it needs to look athletic.

    Finally I hope Lexus brings out a long wheelbase version with maybe a V12. Most of its competitors have one.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    It's not that big - that's all I said, Quite the flame job for stating a fact, I think.

    I LIKE the LS-430, I'm currently shopping for one, I think they are the best driving Sedanola on the planet - I merely stated that they aren't that big! And they're not, especially inside. I feel cramped in there.

    Lighten up, people. Of course, it's nice to know you're all awake. :P
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    Anyone else see the bit on the LS600h in July's R&T? They say its going to use a 4.6L with 400hp, no mention of the rumored 5.0. Also, the cg picture doesnt look anything like the sketch. It has Scion tC headlights and an IS350 body style.
  • chris65amgchris65amg Posts: 372
    I read that R&T. I really hope that they have the LS500 though. It seems to be a keeper. The LS500 would be an 8-cylinder, yes? Because it wouldn't entirely surprise me if they sprung out a V-10, because that's what they are tenatively planning for the supercar. I thought that the LS500 pic said it was a V8 but I might just be blowing steam.
  • maxhonda99maxhonda99 Posts: 1,289
    Toyota is merely using the current LS's shell to test hardware for the next LS. It's not like the 2007 LS will BE the EXACT same exterior as the current LS.
  • sysweisyswei Posts: 1,804
    I thought it was maybe someone's joke photoshop work, but I see what you're saying about it possibly being a test shell. Though if that's the explanation I don't understand what the rear fender flare would be for. Lexus engineers playing a joke on MB?
  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,687
    Let's remember these Lexus people treat every new design like its Top Secret. Only OAC's [non-permissible content removed] auto mag has gotten their hands on that sketch so far and it indeed looks more like a new LFS car than anything anyone else has published. I wonder who's not working at the company as a result.

    Wbwynn - Never doubt the LS is all I can say. This 2007 model is going to really blow us away though. But I'm loving every second I drive my 2004 car. But so is my wife who dumped the GX on me and violated our agreement that the LS was mine and the GX was hers.
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    Remember the pictures of the next Jaguar XK, when it was just an XJ sedan with the rear doors chopped off? This is definitely NOT the next LS, Lexus is most likely just testing the next platform.
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