The Lexus LS was first launched in 1989 under the LS 400 model. This first generation of Lexus LS established Lexus as luxury car manufacturer. With the success of the first generation LS, several generations were produced and each one of them became one of the best selling luxury cars in the United States.
The 1990 to 1994 model has 4.0 L V8 engine with 191 kW (250 hp) and 353 Nm (260 ft-lb) at 4400 rpm torque. The 1995 to 1997 model has 4.0 L V8 engine with 194 kW (260 hp) and 366 Nm (270 ft-lb) at 4500 rpm torque. The 1998 to 2000 model has 4.0 L V8 engine with 214 kW (290 hp) and 407 Nm (300 ft-lb) at 4000 rpm torque. The 2001to 2006 model has 4.3 L V8 engine with 214 kW (290 hp) and 434 Nm (320 ft-lb) at 3400 rpm of torque. The 2007 to present model has 4.6 L V8 engine with 283 kW (380 hp) and 498 Nm (367 ft-lb) at 4100 rpm of torque.
The current Lexus LS series includes the LS 460 (2007 – present), LS 460 L (2007 – present), LS 600 h (2008) and LS 600h L (2008). Except for the LS 600 h which is only available in Japan and Europe, the different models are available in the US, Canada, Asia, Europe and Middle East. The LS 460 has 8-speed automatic4.6 L petrol V8 1UR-FSE and 1UR-FE engines. The LS 460 L has 8-speed automatic4.6 L petrol V8 1UR-FSE and 1UR-FE engines. The LS 600h has CVT transmission, 5.0 L hybrid V82UR-FSXE engine and the LS 600h L has CVT transmission, 5.0 L hybrid V8 2UR-FSXE engine. The hybrid models are slated to be released in 2008.
The LS 460, the currently available latest model for the United States market has the first Lexus 8-speed automatic transmission. It has 4.6 liter V8 engine which produces 380 hp at 6,400 rpm and367 at 4,100 rpm of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 second, has ¼ mile acceleration of 13.9 seconds and has top speed of 130 mph electronically limited. It has 198.0 in length, 73.8 in width and 58.1 in height. It has a wheelbase of 116.9 in and curb weight of 4, 244 lb.
For its exterior features, it has High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with dynamic auto leveling, Dual-swivel Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS), Daytime Running Lights (DRL), automatic on/off projector-beam headlamps with auto-off delay, integrated fog lamps, LED tail lamps, auto-off timer for rear window, water-repellent windshield and front-door glass with UV reduction, exterior glass with UV reduction and headlamp washer as optional feature. For its interior features, it has medium brown walnut, dark gray bird's-eye maple or dark brown ash burl interior wood trim, leather trimmed center console, leather door and seat trim, wood and leather trimmed steering wheel and shift knob trim.
The LS 600 h L hybrid version of the LS currently available for the United States market has six figure price and considered as an ultra luxury vehicle. The LS 600 h L has 5.0-liter V8,engine and high-output, permanent magnet, electric-drive motor with EV mode which produces 438 hp (total system). It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 sec and has a top speed of 130 mph (electronically limited). It has an all-wheel drive electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT) with Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) which includes Traction Control (TRAC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and TORSEN Limited-Slip Center Differential (LSCD). It is 202.8 in in length, 73.8 in width, and 58.3in in height with unloaded Adaptive Variable Air Suspension. Its wheelbase is 121.7 in and its ground clearance with Adaptive Variable Air Suspension is 5.3 in.
Its exterior features are standard LED headlamps, automatic on/off projector-beam headlamps with auto-off delay, dual-swivel Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS), headlamp washers, Daytime Running Lights (DRL), integrated fog lamps, LED tail lamps, auto-off timer for rear window, water-repellent windshield and front-door glass with UV reduction, exterior glass with UV reduction and laminated side glass. Its interior features are medium brown walnut, dark gray bird's-eye maple or dark brown ash burl interior wood trim, premium leather instrument panel, premium leather door and seat trim, center console with sliding armrest and storage bin, wood- and leather-trimmed heated steering wheel and wood and chrome shift knob trim, wood trimmed assist grips and Alcantara headliner.