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2013 Lexus LS undergoes a major facelift

By SYF77 on 01 Aug 2012

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Lexus has given its flagship model, the LS sedan, a major facelift for the 2013 model year. Like the latest GS sedan, the revised LS gains the company’s new ‘spindle grille’ design element. Other exterior highlights include redesigned head light and rear light combinations as well as re-shaped a bumper and boot.

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The new LS lineup includes the LS 460, LS 460L, LS 600hL hybrid, and for the first time, the LS 460 F Sport variant. The LS 460 and LS 460L are available in both RWD and AWD versions while the LS Hybrid is offered with a full-time AWD system.

The LS 460, 460 L and F SPORT are powered by a 4.6L V8 engine linked to an 8-speed sequential shift automatic transmission. The RWD model produces 386 bhp with 487Nm of torque which propels the large saloon from 0 to 60mph in 5.4 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 210 km/h. However, the AWD’s output is limited to 360 bhp and 470Nm. Therefore, it sprints from 0 to 60 mph at a slower 5.9 seconds. The LS 600h Hybrid draws its power from both a 5.0L V8 engine and a pair of electric motors to produce a total output of 438 bhp. This green version does the 0-60 mph sprint in 5.5 seconds.

The F Sport edition benefits from a body kit that comes with a different front bumper that incorporates larger side air vents. Other sporting elements include side skirts, lowered suspension, six-piston caliper Brembo brakes, a diffuser placed between the tail pipes and unique 19-inch alloy wheels. On the interior, the F Sport model pampers the driver and passenger with two-tone seats that come with larger bolsters, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters and aluminum trim.

Somehow, I prefer the pre-facelift LS sedan. The loud spindle grille looks kind of out-of-place with the generally conservative profile of the luxury sedan. As the saying goes- “beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”, some wealthy man may find the styling of the revised LS appealing.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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