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MotorWeek Road Test: 2010 Lexus LS-460 Sport

MotorWeek Road Test: 2010 Lexus LS-460 Sport

The lexus ls has long been considered not just the flagship of toyotas premium brand but a serious rival for entrenched german luxury marks the ls often delivers superior comfort and amenities but at a lower price yet the ls has also never been viewed as a premium driver’s car conceding that status to the europeans but now with the v10 lf a supercar a reality

A sporting four-door ls is more believable but can this big lexus ever float like a butterfly and sting like a beemer from a couple of car links away he’d be hard-pressed to tell that the 2010 lexus ls 460 sport has anything but typical lexus luxury proportions and attitude the sport package first advertises its intentions with a black mesh grille and unique

19-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels that are up sized tune in to over the normal ls other tweaks include rework side sills as well as front and rear bodywork which is also available as a standalone appearance package outside mirrors with integrated turn signals are new to all 2010 ls models fortunately the sport treatment is more than skin-deep the air suspension which

Is optional on the rear drive ls and standard with all-wheel drive is included here and treated to a sporty or tune-up rated stabilizer bars and shocks are fitted to as are brembo brakes inside you’ll find a switch to toggle between sport comfort and normal suspension settings there’s plenty of floating comfort but don’t expect much sting in sport the ride does

Firm up somewhat but not enough to make you forget you’re at the helm of a 2-ton plus lexus the wide ip follows the same ls design theme as the exterior classy luxurious never over-the-top extremely handsome black and saddle brown leather with satin finish – burl trim adorns the doors center console and – the heated leather wrap steering wheel is an ls 460 sport

Exclusive driver and front-passenger are also treated to the sports unique heavily bolstered seats with memory they are also heated and cool rear seats however make do with just heat although there is the cooling effect of the power sunshade rear legroom and comfort are as before excellent even though our tester was not a long wheelbase ls which adds almost four and

Three-quarter inches to the wheelbase there is little new however in the drivetrain the 4.6 liter 4 cam v8 carries over complete with variable valve timing direct fuel-injection still output is stout at 380 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque the 8-speed automatic transmission carries over to accept the sport adds a pair of the most effective paddle shifters

We’ve ever tapped at the track we coached a zero to sixty time of six seconds flat from the big lexus the paddle shifters improves straight-line acceleration which is actually unusual left in drive shifts were too soft and too slow but stabbing at the plus paddle all the way the quarter-mile disappeared in a pretty quick fourteen point four seconds at 102 miles

Per hour the ls 460 smooth v8 crowd with dignity and provided an excellent combination of low-end torque and high-end power turn-ins were quick even with numb steering and while the ls sport felt nimble for 40 300 pound car our lasting impressions were of a typical comfort tune lexus ride which means a soft suspension and plenty of body roll braking from 60 to zero

Yielded an adequate average of 130 feet but after four runs the lss brakes were blowing smoke and fading fast the spongy pedal offered little feedback but even with plenty of nosedive stops were laterally stable away from the track this big rear drive sedan performed far better even when driven in a less than dignified manner on twisty roads outside noise is well

Muted even if you never really hear your heart pounding government fuel economy ratings for the rear drive ls 460 r 16 city 24 highway on our own test loop we managed to respectable twenty point four miles per gallon average on premium gas an energy impact score of eighteen barrels of oil and a carbon footprint of nine point eight tons of co2 put this lexus right

In the environmental line with its german competitors sticker price for the 2010 ls 460 with the sport package is seventy four thousand five hundred fifty dollars that’s about sixty two hundred dollars more than the base car a bmw 750i will run you over nine grand more than the ls sport but the bmw is also better equipped in the world of driving dynamics the lexus

Ls 460 sport is more of a baby step than a full stride still rather than criticized we want to encourage lexus to be bolder the next time around we definitely see potential here with a little work this velvet punch could end up delivering quite a stain

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MotorWeek Road Test: 2010 Lexus LS-460 Sport By MotorWeek

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