Lexus has officially taken the wraps off its flagship sedan, the 2013 Lexus LS. For the 2013 model year the new LS lineup includes the LS 460, LS 460L, LS 600hL hybrid, and the LS 460 F Sport. While it's not an entirely new design, the new LS gets updates like the new Lexus spindle grille.
In San Francisco Lexus' new design philosophy was the inspiration for the "Lexus Laws of Attraction" exhibit, which included exclusive photographs by world-renowned fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth that feature prominent couples with the Lexus flagship vehicle.
The models for the photo shoot depict some of Hollywood and the design community's most inspiring partners, including actor Jason Schwartzman and Art & Design Director of TENOVERSIX boutique Brady Cunningham, model/actress Jaime King and film director Kyle Newman, model/actress Devon Aoki and financier James Bailey, along with writer and Barneys New York Creative Ambassador Simon Doonan and designer Jonathan Adler - with the latter two also serving as the exhibition's creative directors. The exhibition also included the work of photographers Victor Demarchelier, Bronques, and a collection of leading street style photographers from all over the world.
The newest model to the LS lineup is the first ever LS 460 F Sport that gets a more aggressive exterior with a unique sport interior featuring F Sport seats with larger bolsters, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters and genuine aluminum trim. With a sport tuned air suspension that has been lowered 0.4 inches, a Torsen limited slip rear differential (RWD model), Brembo six-piston caliper brakes, and 19" forged wheels.
The entire LS lineup has increased body rigidity enhances stability that gives it a more comfortable ride. Pitch and bounce control has been enhanced by adopting new frequency dependent shock absorbers, resulting in an even flatter, road-hugging ride. Revised steering offers improvements in accuracy and turn-in response. The braking system has been adjusted for more immediate power and greater pedal feel.
Under the hood the LS 460 models are powered by a 4.6L V8 that packs 386 horsepower and 367 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel-drive models have slightly less power at 360 horsepower and 347 lb-ft. The V8 is mated to a standard 8-speed automatic transmission. According to Lexus, the LS 460 will reach 0-60 mph in as little as 5.4 seconds and has an electronically-limited top speed of 130 mph. It's also rated at 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
The 2013 LS 600h L hybrid is powered by a 5.0L V8 that is mated to two electric motors. The system packs a total 438 horsepower and reaches 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds. It also has a top speed of 130 mph and is rated at 19 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
The driver-focused interior features the Advanced Illumination System (AIS), an all-LED interior lighting system that illuminates to greet the approaching occupants and then fades in sequence with the vehicle starting procedure. The standard navigation system is displayed on a 12.3-inch, split-screen display which is large enough to support simultaneous viewing of a large map display and other vehicle functions.The new, available Lexus Climate Concierge offers maximum comfort for every LS occupant. Also a new customizable system uses multiple sensors to automatically regulate not only the temperature of the cabin, but also the climate control seats and the heated steering wheel, quickly bringing each occupant to their preferred temperature.
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