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2007 Lexus LS460 Road Test
2007 Lexus LS460 Road Test
2007 Lexus LS460 Road Test
2007 Lexus LS460 Road Test

“Lexus’s brand statement has always been “The Pursuit of Perfection”. With the LS460 they have already arrived”

Test Model: 2007 Lexus LS460

Car Advice Rating:

Options Fitted: “No Options Available” – you won’t see these words in any of the equivalent sized German car brochures. The LS460 spec we get here in Australia is fully stacked with what are mostly options in markets such as the United States.

Recommended Retail Price: $184,874
Note: The widely reported Intelligent Park Assist feature (the car parks itself) – will be available in all LS460’s bound for the Australian market, built from August 2007. The retail price of the car however, will increase slightly to $186,200.

2007 Lexus LS460 Road Test
2007 Lexus LS460 Road Test
2007 Lexus LS460 Road Test
2007 Lexus LS460 Road Test

Lexus also build a long wheelbase version called the LS460 L and a super Hybrid with an LS600h badge.

The LS460 L gains an extra 121.9mm of length although, we can’t be sure when Lexus Australia will add this car to the LS line up, and what price it might be.

We especially hope that the LS600h makes it to our shores, given its 5.0-litre V8 powerplant, mated to a high output electric motor. With all of 327kW glued to the tarmac, via its all wheel drive set up; this should be something very special. We’re not certain on the price, but expect a little north or south of $250,000 and probably still a bargain.

I raved about the GS450h in a previous review, and I’m about to do it again with the latest and fourth generation Lexus flagship, the LS460. It personifies the term “State of The Art” at least in the automotive world.

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2007 Lexus LS460 Road Test
2007 Lexus LS460 Road Test
2007 Lexus LS460 Road Test
2007 Lexus LS460 Road Test

The biggest downside with Lexus was the overtly bland styling of the cars, despite the overwhelming economic benefits of ownership when compared with German or English luxury car brands.

While I can’t deny the luxury equivalents from Audi and Mercedes Benz (I can’t include the current BMW 7-series – still too much Bangle) are beautifully styled cars, the Lexus LS460 with its evolutionary L-Finesse design cues and features such as integrated exhaust outlets, represents a huge gain in that department too. It’s a way more slippery shape compared with the LS430 it replaces.

Lexus has always stood for top end luxury motoring, but it was mostly about more for less, when matched against the more expensive offerings from Germany.

With the introduction of the LS460, it’s still about more for less, but the big Lexus is now on the front row of the grid.

The LS460 represents literally billions of development dollars in the pursuit of the world’s best car. At $189,400 it may seem like a lot of money to some but be assured, it’s as good a bargain as you will ever get in the automotive world.

2007 Lexus LS460 Road Test
2007 Lexus LS460 Road Test
2007 Lexus LS460 Road Test

The LS460 began with a clean sheet of paper. This is an entirely new car from Lexus. New platform, body, engine and interior – its all leading edge stuff.

For a not so large V8 engine, this Lexus is quick. It’s faster than the 6.75- litre V12 powered Rolls Royce Phantom from 0-100kph and probably just as quiet or I dare say, quieter.

The superbly engineered 4.6 litre V8 is good for 280kW at 6400rpm and a very useable 493Nm at 4100rpm, making for a rapid launch. 0-100 sprints will take 5.7 seconds flat, and top speed is limited to 250km/h. It’s just that it doesn’t feel that quick. Let me explain.

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When I first collected the car from Lexus Australia, I hit the starter button and gently touched the accelerator and immediately thought they had given me the wrong car.

2007 Lexus LS460 Road Test

So quiet was the engine at crawl speed, I was convinced that they had given me the keys (not in the literal sense as there are no keys – just a smart card you leave in your wallet) to the LS600h (hybrid).

So sure of this, I put the car into park, got out and checked the badging, only to see that I was in fact in the correct car, the V8 powered LS460. Astonishing, no noise, no vibration, nothing!

My reference to Rolls Royce earlier was not so left of field as you might expect. Reading through the press kit for the LS460 is what I can only imagine Rolls Royce would like to read about their own cars. No disrespect intended.

Such is the level of build quality and craftsmanship with each and every component and system on board this car, that I can only assume that the LS460 was built with complete disregard for things such as, project budgets.

For instance, each engine is assembled in a dedicated and sanitised room under the watchful eye of a master craftsman (Takumi) who personally fires up every unit on a test bench. Then, armed with a stethoscope, he can detect even the slightest variations in engine note under light load conditions. You would need a stethoscope or similar, just to hear this engine under normal conditions at idle!

2007 Lexus LS460 Road Test

And then there’s the paint shop. I’m also fairly certain that the robotic paint system for this car could be programmed to produce a perfect replica of the Mona Lisa, if programmed to do so.

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There is no chance of even the slightest variation in paint colour or hue on any LS460. Temperature, humidity and paint jet volume are monitored down to the micron. Once the foundation coats are completed, the car is water polished and then hand polished prior to the clear coat process.

I could write a paper about each and every build process and system for the LS460 but that might get boring, so I’ll move on.

That’s not to say that the LS460 is completely devoid of character. When you have reason to plant the right pedal, she moves all right, with a distinct but silky growl. Accelerator response is instant and power is more than adequate.

2007 Lexus LS460 Road Test

You’ve got to remember that the LS460 was in Japanese showrooms in September 2006 and October in the US, with what is the world’s first eight-speed automatic gearbox. Does it work? You bet. There’s oodles of torque across the entire rev range and gear changes are almost imperceptible at low to medium speeds.

The big Lexus weighs in at 1945kg and that’s clearly not class leading, despite extensive use of weight saving materials. But, for a large sedan with an encyclopaedic inventory of automotive luxury, coupled with sports car performance, 11.1 litres/100kms on a combined cycle is groundbreaking stuff.

It’s probably fair to say that most LS460 owners won’t be attending track days or even the occasional high-speed punt through a twisty mountain pass. But just in case they do, the Lexus won’t mind a bit.

Selecting Sport mode on the centre console will substantially alter the settings on the Adaptive Variable air Suspension, allowing drivers to get the power down with minimal body roll and pitch into high speed corners.

On the other hand, going with comfort mode, offers an infinitely compliant ride for all aboard over some of Sydney’s most atrocious roads.

Front suspension is a complex system of upper and lower double joints, while the rear is a five-arm multi link set up made from forged aluminium to reduce weight and strengthen rigidity. The overall effect is increased driver feedback at the wheel.

2007 Lexus LS460 Road Test
2007 Lexus LS460 Road Test
2007 Lexus LS460 Road Test

If you’re interested, the 19 speakers are arranged as such:

  • Six titanium cone speakers across the dash
  • A woofer in each front door
  • Three speakers in each rear door
  • Four satellite speakers in the rear roof pillars
  • A woofer in the rear parcel shelf

There’s still not that many digital cinemas around today, usually two or three in each multiplex. The audio/visual experience is sensational but, I sincerely doubt whether it beats sitting in the rear of the LS460 and watching an action movie such as “The Bourne Ultimatum” (got it from Singapore).

The fully electronic roof mounted LCD screen is huge. It’s 23cm and by far the largest I have ever seen in a car or SUV. The viewing experience, enhanced by the fifteen-channel 450-watt amplifier and 19 speakers, is better than any movie house or private screening you have ever been to. I kid you not!

Oh, and don’t worry if you or the kids don’t quite slam the doors shut properly on the LS460, they are self closing. If any of the front or rear doors have been left ajar, electric motors will pull the doors shut within 0.3 seconds without any sound whatsoever.

The boot is also electric and can be opened from inside the car or remote fob, but you need to hit a button on the boot lid to close it. It may seem over the top, but when dropping kids off to school etc, its hugely practical.

2007 Lexus LS460 Road Test

“The LS460 may well be the best car in the world in its class. It’s also some $70,000 less than one of its closest rivals”

By Anthony Crawford




  • troy

    PORN!!!

    that thing is amazing, except for the ba series 1 xr8 wheels.

    but thats being picky….. I’ll áve one!

  • http://www.caradvice.com.au tony

    Your right Troy – I forgot to mention the wheels. They are too conservative for this car, the wheels on the GS450h would look a whole lot better than these.

  • Padrino

    to be honest i would rather have one of these than a merc or beemer, its alot cheaper, according to this review better built and best of all it looks great. im into all that gadgety stuff and this care really satifies it all…..

    only dreaming however…..

  • Chaser

    obviously mr.Roberto won’t have anything to say/spam here as he ‘knows’ how fine this car is in all aspects.

    Good review!

  • http://. ROBERTO

    Der Chaser. This car is the pinnacle of the summit!

  • Chaser

    good to see you’re not an arrogant and narrow viewed car enthusiast then :P

    I could’ve sworn by looking @ your past comments, that this would have some lines that weren’t right, or that it’s still some Toyota whatnot (according to u)

    heh

  • Jase

    Obviously it is better built than a merc are beemer, its a lexus!

  • New mazdas look bloody good!

    Best car in the world if you are shopping for a ultimate cruiser, not a German badge.

  • http://classic-auto-trader.blogspot.com/ Classic Auto Trader

    I wouldn’t mind taking it for test drive myself. Driving a car like that would be like driving my house, cost wise. You are right though, for a car
    “State of The Art”

  • ALF

    Where are the bogans who would say that a HSV Grange can match this??

    Perhaps we should also ask a HSV executive who claim their vehicles can “match the best in the world”?

  • Paul

    ^

    Lol so true.

  • http://www.alhnuf.com alhnuf

    Great Car ,
    Thanks .

  • Duck

    Camry Brake Lights!

  • David

    What I don’t understand is that in the US, the LS460 sells for $61,500 USD. At today’s currency rate that converts to $66,850 AUD. Then add duty etc.
    For example, Customs Duty = 10% of $66,850
    GST = 10% of $66,850
    Luxury Car Tax LCT = 25/100 x 10/11 x (66850-57009) = $2236

    Therefore, Duty + GST + LCT = $15606

    So landed cost assuming no margin for the reseller is $66,850 + $15,606 = $82,456

    However the actual figure is likely to be some 30-40% less than this for the resellers margin.

    So the Lexas LS460 costs no more than $82,456, yet sells for $187,000? What a rip off!

  • TP

    David that applies to every car unfortunately… the Commodore is the greatest example, somehow its cheaper overseas and more expensive here, despite the greater cost of transportation. It has abit to do with tax I think, due to luxury car tax the added cost that has added to some of these vehicles, manufacturers milk the whole luxury thing and ask a greater premium for the vehicles.

Lexus LS460 Specs

4.6L MULTI POINT F/INJ - 8 SP AUTOMATIC - PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL - 4D SEDAN
Car Details
Make
LEXUS
Model
LS460
Series
USF40R
Year
2007
Body Type
4D SEDAN
Seats
5
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
4.6L
Cylinders
V8
Max. Torque
493Nm @  4100rpm
Max. Power
280kW @  6400rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
144W/kg
Bore & Stroke
94x83mm
Compression Ratio
11.8
Valve Gear
VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
8 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive Type
REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
2.937
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
84
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
11.1L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1945
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1465mm
Length
5030mm
Width
1875mm
Ground Clearance
149mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:2000  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
10.8
Front Rim Size
8x19
Rear Rim Size
8x19
Front Tyres
245/45 R19
Rear Tyres
245/45 R19
Wheel Base
2970
Front Track
1610
Rear Track
1615
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Standard Features
Comfort
Air Con + Climate Control Multi Zone, Heated Front Seats, Power front seats, Power Sunroof
Control & Handling
19 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Front Air Suspension
Driver
Cruise Control, Parking Distance Control, Power Steering, Satellite Navigation
Entertainment
Radio Compact Disc Player
Exterior
Power Mirrors
Interior
Leather Upholstery, Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Side Airbags
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Central Locking Remote Control
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
Warranty
48 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
9-H-14
Country of Origin
JAPAN