Club Lexus has posted a second batch of next-generation LS spy shots.
Kevin · May 24th, 2012
Normally, I wouldn’t even link to this video of a second-gen Lexus LS having its roof chopped off during some idiotic demonstration at Stance Wars in Belgium, but I’ve been receiving email about it all day.
Kevin · May 24th, 2012
AutoGuide is reporting that the next-generation Lexus LS hybrid will focus on fuel efficiency rather than delivering high-end V12 power.
Kevin · May 21st, 2012
Included as part of a Lexus UK video interview with RX chief engineer Takayuki Katsuda, a teaser image of the next-generation Lexus LS has been released in a most unlikely fashion.
Kevin · March 19th, 2012
By way of the Lexus Europe Twitter account comes this photo of a Lexus LFA and a mint first-generation LS 400.
Kevin · February 26th, 2012
Returning once again to the Tokyo Auto Salon, here’s a custom Lexus LS notable for its attempt at the GS spindle grille.
Kevin · January 26th, 2012
I can barely believe this Toyota Aurion/Lexus LS mod mashup.
Kevin · October 21st, 2011
In a stroke of luck for Lexus, the dark maple red LS 600hL given to Sir Paul McCartney in 2008 was featured front & center at the Beatle’s wedding this weekend to American heiress Nancy Shevell.
Kevin · October 10th, 2011
The Lexus LS 460 Sport will be getting its own special edition for 2012, with an Obsidian exterior and a unique two-tone black and topaz beige interior with contrast stitching & black leather trim.
Kevin · October 2nd, 2011
Another day, another round of information about the Lexus LS *TMG Edition* that's been spotted testing in Germany.
Kevin · September 22nd, 2011
More details on the mystery Lexus LS emerged today, as a leaked spec sheet reveals plenty about what’s under the hood.
Kevin · September 21st, 2011
A mystery Lexus LS has been spotted on the Nürburgring sporting some rather extreme performance modifications.
Kevin · September 17th, 2011
While it’s impossible to agree with all their choices, Edmunds’ list of the 100 Greatest Cars of All Time was smart enough to include the original 1990 Lexus LS 400 at 49th overall.
Kevin · August 31st, 2011
Motoring.com.au recently discussed the future of F-Sport with Lexus Australia’s corporate manager Peter Evans, and came away with an idea of which models will be next to receive the performance treatment.
Kevin · August 25th, 2011
Inspired by MythBusters, Lexus Magazine auto editor Clark Heideger attempts to calculate the efficiency of the Lexus LS 600hL's four-zone climate control using a series of (not-so) scientific experiments involving improper thermometers, ice cream and his own internal "sensors".
Kevin · August 7th, 2011
Automotive News has served up a full set of rumors today, touching on almost every model in the Lexus lineup.
Kevin · August 1st, 2011
Nothing like Hot Version for some craziness, here's a supercharged Lexus LS 460 Sport drifting in the rain.
Kevin · July 22nd, 2011
Check out this Neckbreakr photoshoot of a Lexus LS 460 sitting on a set of 22" Phantom Forged wheels.
Kevin · June 28th, 2011
In celebration of H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco's marriage to Ms. Charlene Wittstock on July 2nd, 2011, Lexus has created a very special LS 600hL Landaulet to serve as the official Royal Wedding car.
Kevin · June 24th, 2011
As proof that people will do anything to get a Lexus, an Akron, Ohio baseball team let five folks into a 1996 LS 400 for an endurance contest -- the last remaining person will win the car. At last count, this has been going on for 36 hours with two men remaining.
Kevin · June 17th, 2011
Lexus USA has announced a Touring Edition of the LS 460 that borrows heavily from the LS Sport, taking all of its cosmetic appearance but none of its mechanical improvements (i.e. the Brembo brakes, revised suspension, paddle shifters).
Kevin · June 17th, 2011
Mega dealership JM Lexus in Florida has just started JM Custom Creations, a Lexus-certified mod-shop capable of some heavy duty upgrades, and they sent over some photos of their first project: a 2011 LS 460L with the full TOM's LS46 body kit, alligator skin trim and a 2000 watt Rockford speaker upgrade.
Kevin · June 14th, 2011
Kevin · May 30th, 2011
Earlier this year, The Truth About Cars compared the Lexus LS 600hL and the Mercedes S400 Hybrid, the only two flagship luxury sedans (currently) available with a gas-electric powertrain.
Kevin · May 18th, 2011
Using elements of our sneak peek at next-generation GS LF-Gh Concept, Japanese magazine Mag-X has put together this rendering of the 2013 Lexus LS (click for a larger image): Not much to look at for the most part, but this rendering does a good job at turning the LF-Gh’s massive pinched grille into something that …
Kevin · April 11th, 2011
It has been announced that Lexus has been awarded a royal warrant to become the Official Supplier to His Serene Highness, the Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco — a honored appointment that will could see a LS 600hL as the official wedding car of the Price’s marriage to Miss Charlene Wittstock on Saturday 2nd …
Kevin · April 6th, 2011
Welcome to the power of the Internet — after seeing a Lexus owner’s unsuccessful attempt to recreate the original Balance LS 400 commercial with his LS 460, Lexus and their ad agency Team One decided to try out the experiment themselves: There we have it, proof that the LS 460 is a worthy ancestor of …
Kevin · March 19th, 2011
Here’s a video of a Lexus LS 460 owner who decided to recreate the original “stacked champagne glasses” LS 400 commercial in his driveway — let’s all watch in absolute horror: It might have been a good idea for him to review the original commercial before setting out with his experiment: Never mind that there’s …
Kevin · March 18th, 2011
A couple weeks ago, I featured a video released for the launch of the third-generation Lexus LS, and now here’s something similar for the current LS 460: I’ve seen more LS 460s & 600hLs travelling through California these last three days than the rest of my life combined, same thing with the LS 430 and …
Kevin · March 16th, 2011
Watching that Lexus LS 430 promotional video today brought to mind this pretty funny commercial: Nothing beats doing donuts on a golf course in an LS 430 and then leaving it to your chauffeur to clean up the mess.
Kevin · February 28th, 2011
It’s been over 10 years since the third generation Lexus LS 430 debuted, and as this promotional launch video details, it was considerably ahead of its time: It was love at first sight when I spotted the LS 430 at my local dealership for the first time, and today it sits as one of my …
Kevin · February 27th, 2011
Here’s something interesting that I came across on the Wald website last week while looking at their new LS Sports Line Black Bison body kit — the Japanese tuner is also offering a LS replacement grille: I’ve been driving a LS 600hL for the last week, and have to say, this replacement grille would be …
Kevin · February 14th, 2011
Motor Trend Comparison: Lexus LS 460 vs. Audi A8 vs. Mercedes S400 Hybrid vs. BMW 740i vs. Hyundai Equus vs. Porsche Panamera
Motor Trend recently compared the Lexus LS 460 Sport with the Audi A8, Mercedes S400 Hybrid, Hyundai Equus, BMW 740i & Porsche Panamara, and ranked the LS fourth overall — here’s what they had to say about the Lexus flagship: Bad boy genes must be migrating up the Lexus line from the IS-F, or down …
Kevin · February 3rd, 2011
I stumbled across this old 2004 sketch of what Motor Trend believed the current-generation LS & IS would look like: Not crazy about the yellow IS coupe, but I am impressed by how the pink-ish car resembles the current generation ES 350. Of course, the artist would have had the LF-S and LF-C concepts to …
Kevin · February 2nd, 2011
Motor Trend recently had an article that named the Lexus LFA as one of the top 9 halo cars — but that wasn’t what caught my attention. Take a look at this Hyundai Equus picture: Now compare it with this 2007 Lexus LS 600hL image: I know imitation is the highest form of flattery, but …
Kevin · January 28th, 2011
Let’s switch gears from all-LFA-all-the-time and take a look at this Lexus LS 400 commercial from 1992: I had never seen this commercial before — and it’s a perfect illustration of how The Hard Way is something Lexus has always subscribed to.
Kevin · January 27th, 2011
While the official Lexus display at the Tokyo Auto Salon held most of our attention this last week, there was also a number of Lexus vehicles spread out among various body kit manufacturer displays — TLE reader & Flickr member CLF shares some photos: I may not be a fan of Wald’s Black Bison LS …
Kevin · January 20th, 2011
As part of their The Hard Way marketing campaign, Lexus has released a commercial that reinforces the strength of the LS 460 chassis: Keep in mind, this actually happened — here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the commercial’s creation: I can’t believe Scott Pruett parks a LFA underneath five cars suspended by a crane. Crazy. Update: …
Kevin · January 14th, 2011
In a classic Car & Driver move, the magazine has taken a $98k Lexus LS 460L AWD and compared it against the new $65k Hyundai Equus, then declared the winner based almost entirely on price: Were this match based on price alone, we might have pitted an Equus with the Ultimate package ($65,400) against a …
Kevin · January 12th, 2011
Check out this done-up Lexus LS 460 Sport by Platinum Motorsports: Even though I’m a big fan of the 19″ LS Sport wheels, these 22″ Agetro W150 rims don’t look out of place — pretty clean look with the Wald aero kit. [Source: Via: Club Lexus]
Kevin · December 22nd, 2010
Lexus is celebrating their 20th anniversary in the United Kingdom, and to show how far the brand has come in twenty years, they’ve released a video comparing the first-gen LS & the current LS hybrid: Here’s a chart that details the differences, just in case they went by too fast: In some ways, it’s hard …
Kevin · December 13th, 2010
Once and a while, you find something so offensive on the Internet that the only way to reduce the anger is to share it — and that’s how I feel about the multi-colored first-gen Lexus LS in this video: The worst part? This LS probably still runs perfectly.
Kevin · December 10th, 2010
L-Select, the Lexus LS customization program available in Japan, has a brand new website with some (very small) photos of potential color combinations: Iris Topaz Beige Scarlet Rose Olive Umber Snow White Blue Gray Dark Brown Both the Blue Gray & Dark Brown may very well be Alcantara, which is a very nice touch and …
Kevin · December 7th, 2010
With just a couple weeks before SEMA, Fox Marketing has unveiled their modified LS 600hL that will be shown as part of the Lexus display: Like what was done to the front grille: Here’s probably the best look at the real color: I like the blacked/greened-out look well enough, especially in the way it tones …
Kevin · October 18th, 2010
After their stellar Lexus IS-C custom in 2009, Fox Marketing will be going big for SEMA this year with the LS 600hL — here’s some photos of the work-in-progress: So far, the Artisan Spirits body kit has been installed, and there’s a plan for custom brakes — can’t wait to see where this goes. [Source: …
Kevin · September 20th, 2010
While we’re on the topic of Lexus LS 460s with crazy paint jobs, here’s an absolutely unreal pink LS from Florida Memphis that takes it to a whole other level: Words fail me — be sure to check out the rest of photos on Club Lexus for the full effect.
Kevin · August 20th, 2010
Earlier this year, we saw a chrome-wrapped Lexus LS 460 from Kuwait, and now here’s a golden edition from the very same country Abu Dhabi: Even if I could understand the desire to metallic-wrap a vehicle, I think the LS would be my very last pick for the process. Update: A friend of this car’s …
Kevin · August 20th, 2010
Here’s a clever LS 460 commercial from Lexus Germany: Captures the LS 460’s Mark Levinson system perfectly — there’s nothing quite like live music through those 19 speakers, in my experience.
Kevin · August 12th, 2010
Here’s a neat story from blogger Mike CJ that combines the first-ever UK Lexus LS 400, Twitter and a whole heap of coincidence — here’s a quote but I recommend reading the full article: Way back in 1990, I was still in my 20’s and had recently been appointed to a role as a Training …
Kevin · July 28th, 2010
Been going through a lot of old files lately, and I stumbled on this brilliant photo of a VIP’d Lexus LS & GS prowling the streets together: This has to be one of my all-time favorite Lexus shots, I wish I knew who took the shot and where it came from. Has anyone seen it …
Kevin · July 28th, 2010
The Bangkok Post has some engine variation rumors regarding the RX & LS: Later this year, Japan’s top nameplate is set to offer a third engine variant of its RX sport-utility vehicle in the guise of RX270 with 2WD. For the first time, the new entry-level RX would be getting a four-cylinder petrol engine currently …
Kevin · July 26th, 2010
I’m pretty sure no one ever expected to see a Lexus LS 400 painted up like this: This is the General Lee(xus), and it has quite an interesting story — turns out this old LS is an entry into Bangers4BEN, a charity event in the UK for “helping the automotive and related industries provide care and support for …
Kevin · July 22nd, 2010
Bloomberg is reporting that Lexus has been aware of the engine problems behind the recent recall since 2007: The carmaker received the first customer complaints in March 2007 in Japan regarding defective valve springs that may cause engines to stall, Toyota spokeswoman Ririko Takeuchi said by phone today from Tokyo. The problem occurs when foreign …
Kevin · July 7th, 2010
Toyota has announced that there will be a recall on 270,000 Lexus (and one model Toyota) worldwide — from The New York Times: Toyota will recall a total of 90,000 Lexus and Crown sedans in Japan, and is “making preparations to take similar, appropriate actions” for 180,000 more cars that carry the same engine worldwide, …
Kevin · July 1st, 2010
Toyota has announced today that they may be recalling 270,000 Lexus cars after discovering a problem with the 4.6L V8 and 3.5L V6 engines used throughout the lineup — from the Wall Street Journal: The auto maker has found a problem with the valve spring of 4.6 liter V8 engines and 3.5 liter V6 engines …
Kevin · July 1st, 2010
Old news now, but last week Lexus placed fourth in the 2010 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study with 88 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100), coming in just one PP100 behind Mercedes and two PP100 under Acura. In light of some recent quality issues, this result stands as quite an accomplishment for Lexus — even more …
Kevin · June 21st, 2010
Dan Spanu over at Lindsay Lexus sent me a tip about the new Lexus 350 Black with Saddle Tan interior color option — first off, here’s the official shot from the Lexus USA website: What these images don’t really show is just how similar this ES interior is to the new LS Sport interior color …
Kevin · June 15th, 2010
Once and a while, I get very focused on a specific car — right now, it’s the Lexus LS, and it all started after watching this 10-minute video a couple weeks back: This video does a great job at capturing that quiet, subtle luxury that’s so appealing about Lexus’ flagship sedan — and somehow manages …
Kevin · June 10th, 2010
TLE reader Heimdall222 has put 1,800 miles on his brand new 2010 Lexus LS 460 Sport — here are his impressions of the sport-infused flagship sedan. The 2010 LS 460 Sport is my second Lexus, following a GS 350, and I’ve also owned several Infinitis. The basic Sport Package is, of course, what converts a …
Kevin · June 10th, 2010
This week’s Autocar review of a 1990 LS 400 reminded me of a desktop wallpaper I’ve had sitting on my computer for quite some time: Select Resolution: 1680×1050 | 1440×900 | 1280×1024 | 1280×800 | 1024×768 I had featured a very similar image some time back, which still stands as one of my favorite Lexus …
Kevin · June 5th, 2010
In a nod to their 20th anniversary in the UK, Lexus put automotive journalists behind the wheel of an old LS 400 at the annual Society of Motor Manufacturers Test day. Purchased off eBay, the LS 400 had 103,000 miles on the odometer and still plenty of life — here’s a quick review from Autocar: …
Kevin · June 1st, 2010
Here’s a video demonstrating the steering issue that made the current Lexus LS recall necessary: All in all, this LS steering issue looks to be relatively non-critical — something that should be fixed and deserving of a recall, to be sure, but of minor importance to anyone outside of the affected owners. Still, good on …
Kevin · May 27th, 2010
Lexus is preparing to issue a recall of Lexus LS models equipped with Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS): This matter has been under investigation by TMC since March this year who have received approximately 10 complaints in Japan. No accidents have been reported relating to this issue and we have received no reported cases of …
Kevin · May 19th, 2010
If you’re a Lexus LS 460 owner looking to go big on customizing your ride, Carson Lexus has just the thing: a rare full TOM’s LS 460GT body kit with custom fenders and a full exhaust: Separately, the body kit, fenders and exhaust retail for $12,189 USD, but by using the coupon code “LEXENT”, you …
Kevin · April 8th, 2010
By way of the Autoten blog, here’s a new Lexus LS rendering from Mag-X: Even though it’s far too small and understated to be the next LS, there’s something about these stylized line drawings that I just love, and I couldn’t resist posting it. (For what it’s worth, according to the rendering blurbs, the next-generation …
Kevin · March 31st, 2010