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Pricing: 2007 Lexus LS460/L

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October 6, 2006 – Torrance, CA - Lexus today announced pricing for the all-new 2007 LS 460 and the company’s first-ever long-wheelbase model, the LS 460 L. The fourth-generation LS blends new levels of performance, sophistication, contemporary styling, and luxury refinements while redefining the full-size luxury-sedan segment. With a base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $61,000 for the LS 460 and $71,000 for the LS 460 L, Lexus’ new flagship luxury sedans will represent a compelling value in their segments.

"The new LS continues the heritage set by our original flagship luxury sedan by setting new standards in its class," said Bob Carter, Lexus Division group vice president and general manager. "This sedan has moved the Lexus brand beyond previous achievements in the areas of craftsmanship, styling, performance, and production innovation."

The new LS achieves a segment-leading combination of acceleration performance and excellent fuel consumption with an all-new 4.6-liter V8 engine mated to the world’s first eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine, Lexus’ first all-new V8 since the brand’s launch, produces an impressive 380 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. It features Variable Valve Timing with intelligence and the world's first Electronically controlled intake cam (VVT-iE).

The dual VVT-iE combination of electrically controlled intake and hydraulically controlled exhaust achieves superior engine-startup operation and high-output performance. The LS 460 will travel from zero to 60 miles per hour in approximately 5.4 seconds while achieving an estimated 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, 18 city/27 highway for the LS 460 L, by the EPA testing method. The LS sedans also achieve an Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle II (ULEV II) rating.

In an effort to create a more intelligent vehicle, Lexus has combined advanced active and passive safety technology into a consolidated system. Among the new active features on the LS is the next-generation Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) stability system, which integrates and manages a new Electronically Controlled Brake (ECB) system, Electronic Power Steering (EPS), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), and engine torque via the electronically controlled throttle. The driver can also choose to completely disable the VSC system via a console-mounted button. In addition to the active safety features, the new LS has eight standard airbags, including a twin-chamber front passenger airbag with both driver and passenger knee airbags, and a potential of ten airbags with option packages.

Both LS models include a number of standard luxury features including SmartAccess keyless entry with push-button start/stop, an electronic parking brake, a 10-speaker Lexus Premium Audio system, 18-inch nine-spoke aluminum alloy wheels, and seven new exterior colors. The paint is applied by a new proprietary paint process that includes double hand sanding.

Optional comfort and convenience attributes on the LS include a pre-collision system with dynamic radar cruise control, Lexus Link®, and Intuitive Park Assist.

The long-wheelbase LS 460 L brings with it 4.8 inches of additional space and a long list of outstanding standard conveniences, including fifth-generation Lexus Navigation with factory-installed XM Satellite Radio with NavTraffic, climate-controlled front seats, heated rear seats, a new heated steering wheel, power rear sunshade, a new one-touch open/close power trunk, power door closers, headlamp washers, and laminated side glass, which is exclusive to the long wheelbase.

The new navigation system includes a hard disk drive (HDD) for faster calculations. The HDD can also store as many as 2,000 digital songs when partnered with the optional Mark Levinson® Reference Surround Sound system. The specially developed 19-speaker, 450-watt discrete 5.1 Mark Levinson® audio system creates a new benchmark for automotive sound with its theater-level entertainment experience.

The Executive Class Seating Package offered on the LS 460 L includes a rear-seat entertainment system featuring the world’s first ceiling-mounted 3.0 VGA high-quality display with a nine-inch screen that operates with an electronic-motor open/close function. It also incorporates a right rear-seat recliner with multifunction massage and an ottoman leg rest, a four-zone independent front and rear air conditioning system with air purification and the world’s first ceiling climate diffusers, rear-door power sunshades, and a fixed rear console with foldout table.

The all-new LS sedans offer the Advanced Parking Guidance System (APGS) as an option to assist with parallel and back-in parking. With this optional technology, once the driver has correctly positioned the car and identified the desired parking spot via the nav screen, APGS utilizes the back-up camera, parking sonar sensors and electric power steering system to automatically guide the car into the spot, while the driver controls speed via braking.

The all-new LS 460 and LS 460 L both come with a standard 48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty with roadside assistance for 48-months/unlimited miles and a special 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty unique to both Lexus and the luxury segment.

The 2007 Lexus LS 460 and LS 460 L, which go on sale on October 20, will represent a strong value in their segments with dynamic styling, advanced technologies, increased size, and improved performance and craftsmanship.

[source: Toyota Motor Company]

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>>"The all-new LS sedans offer the Advanced Parking Guidance System (APGS) as an option to assist with parallel and back-in parking. With this optional technology, once the driver has correctly positioned the car and identified the desired parking spot via the nav screen, APGS utilizes the back-up camera, parking sonar sensors and electric power steering system to automatically guide the car into the spot, while the driver controls speed via braking"<<

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Wow, that's cheaper than I was expecting, though it will be interesting to see what's standard vs. optional. However, it will depend on what's standard vs. optional I guess. It didn't say NAV was standard, so I'm guessing you'll see very few LSs for $61k.

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Still doesn't look special.

They need to hire a modern design house to get some new ideas. Many of the interior bits say 'Camry', not 'Lexus' to me.

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Really? How very interesting. Maybe in your parts the Camry's come loaded with super high-end matching leather, very expensive wood, powerful seat massagers, body temperature sensors etc.

Please let me know because I'd like to buy your camry if you ever decide to sell it.

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It's not special. In the way a $75-100k car should be.

I never said it was the same as a Camry, only not different enough. Furthermore, I would argue that you couldn't arrange "super high-end matching leather, very expensive wood, powerful seat massagers, body temperature sensors" in anymore boring a fashion, IMO (of course.)

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Yeah base is $61 and it comes pretty nice for that. The real goodies come at $67 (which is still extremely good) and you get nav,backup camera, bluetooth, power door closers, etc...

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Isn't a loaded STS V8 about $63K....?

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It's not special. In the way a $75-100k car should be.

I never said it was the same as a Camry, only not different enough. Furthermore, I would argue that you couldn't arrange "super high-end matching leather, very expensive wood, powerful seat massagers, body temperature sensors" in anymore boring a fashion, IMO (of course.)

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I can tell you first hand, if you've never sat in a Lexus LS, your words hold no water. What something looks like and what something feels like are totally different things.

Here's a photo of the previous generation LS430 and that car was very special. Refinement like no other car on the market. Every knob, every button, every texture.......that isn't just Lexus marketing speak. This new LS is even better.

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I've been in the last LS without navigation and, sorry, it wasn't that special.

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I've been in the new LS460 and, sorry, the design wasn't that special. Sure, the materials and amenities are nice, as expected of a $75K car, but it's no more imaginative than a Camry.

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Exactly. Lexus needs the 'passion' part of the 'pursuit.'

The LS is and always has been the Stoffers Bistro Classic, the paint-by-numbers kit, the Casio keyboard. Sure, it tastes good, looks good, and sounds nice, but its not Italian cuisine, a masterpiece, or a symphony.

For all their flaws, Jaguar, Maserati, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Mercedes create cars of this caliber. Cadillac and Lincoln have in the past and can today if they wanted/could afford to. I don't know if Lexus ever can.

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Isn't a loaded STS V8 about $63K....?

<OUCH>

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Not to mention the fact that the STS will be a little more "driver-oriented"

I agree with enzl on the "Camry'ness" of this vehicle. It's a nice car, nice amenities and it will pamper you with a passion as cold as Anne Coulter.

It's an appliance. Notice when they went about describing the rear-parking system and how it can avoid non-metallic items such as "humans"? If this car could think, it wouldn't view a human as an extension of itself, rather, a human would just be "cargo" that likes reclining seats and LCD T.V.'s.

Not as if that's a bad thing. If people just want to sit in the back and let someone chauffer them, than this car fits the bill. But for those looking for a little more excitement, a little more at the throttle, and a little more panache, they'll look for something else.

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I can tell you first hand, if you've never sat in a Lexus LS, your words hold no water. What something looks like and what something feels like are totally different things.

Here's a photo of the previous generation LS430 and that car was very special.  Refinement like no other car on the market. Every knob, every button, every texture.......that isn't just Lexus marketing speak. This new LS is even better.

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You mean... because it's steering wheel is nothing like the one in the Camry... right?

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My mom's friend has an '06 LS430. I've ridden in it a few times, and it's nothing really to write home about. Yes, the materials are nice, and yes, it's put together well, but it held my attention as well as paper holds water.

I hope the LS460 doesn't "whoosh" under throttle like the LS430 did. I couldn't stand how dull the engine sounded.

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