So, you’re probably wondering, “Why the hell is U.C. featuring a LEXUS?!?” But know that, since the introduction of the current LS, the luxury division of bestselling marque Toyota has entered a whole new ballpark. Aside from the all new design, The Lexus LS has merged the executive luxury sedan with the hybrid- a first in its class, something that has attracted attention from such celebs as Alicia Keys. Take that Mercedes!
After being previewed by the LF-Sh Concept at Japan’s Tokyo Motor Show, The Lexus LS460 and LS460L (Long Wheelbase) arrived in dealers in late 2006. Starting at about $64,000, one of its major innovations- a standard package- it premiered with is Parking Assist, a system in which the LS can park itself, utilizing rear cameras (one cool feature… My neighbor owns one in navy). In the LS460L, the Executive Package added a rear DVD entertainment system, swivel tray tables, and reclining rear seats which provides passengers with a Shiatsu message at the touch of a button. Under the hood, the LS is powered by a 4.6 liter V-8, producing 380hp. A year later, Lexus upped the ante, introducing the $105,000 LS600h L, the first executive luxury hybrid, as well as the world’s first production V-8 hybrid. It’s also powered by a V-8 (up to 5.0 liters) and nickel batteries, producing 439hp, batteries and engine combined.
So, STILL not convinced?!? Well, think about this: you can be rolling around in this lovely Lexus, getting a Shiatsu message in the rear reclining seats while watching Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard in “Breakfast At Tiffanys” with- get this- OVER $20 GRAND IN YOUR POCKET! Yes, my people, it’s true. Lexus’ flagship undercuts the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7-Series, Audi A8, and Jaguar XJ by about $20,000 or more. Talk about a recession buster! Additionally, its has that Far East flair with a modern edge, like the works of Vivienne Westwood, Commes des Garcon, or Yohji Yamamoto (of Y-3 fame). And, to top it off, it has the soul of a Toyota, so you know you can’t go wrong with this. Truly a classic that will age with grace.
For more information on the LS, check out its website here.