Tuesday, December 8, 2009
US-Spec 2010 Lexus LS460 Facelift with New Sport Package: Full Details and High-Res Photo Album
Having showcased the 2010 LS600h Hybrid at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Lexus has now revealed the U.S.-spec version of its revised LS460 flagship sedan that has been freshened up for the 2010 model year with subtle styling updates, added features and a new optional performance-tuned Sport Package. Once again, the LS460 is offered with standard and a long-wheelbase body styles, both of which are available in rear-wheel or all-wheel drive layouts.
On the outside, the 2010 LS460 gains a reworked front grille, revised headlamps and tail lights, newly styled front and rear bumpers as well as a new license plate surround. The new exhaust diffusers and side mirrors that feature integrated turn signals along with the standard 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels complete the exterior updates.
For 2010, the LS460 benefits from the new Safety Connect and Lexus Enform telematics systems as well as the available Advanced Pre-Collision System (APCS) that made its debuted on the 2009 Pebble Beach Edition LS 600h L special. The APCS uses two small cameras mounted at the front of the car that work in conjunction with millimeter-wave radar to detect vehicles and pedestrians in the vehicle's path and to warn the driver before taking evasive braking actions.
Also new for the 2010 model year is the introduction of a Sport Package for the rear-wheel drive LS460 that combines an exterior aero kit with special air suspension tuning and exclusive interior features.
The aero kit, which is also available as a stand-alone Appearance Package, includes a unique front grille, side rocker panels and spoilers for the front and rear bumpers along with larger 19-inch five-spoke forged alloy wheels.
Inside the, the Sport Package adds perforated Black/Saddle leather interior with sport front seats, a unique leather-trimmed steering wheel and paddle shifters for the eight-speed automatic transmission.
But that's not all. The Sport Package also includes beefier Brembo brakes and a sport-tuned air suspension with specific stabilizer bars and shock absorbers that promise to further improve handling.
There are no changes under the hood as the 2010 LS460 continues to be powered by a 4.6-liter V8 linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The maker says that the V8 puts out 380HP and 367 lb.-ft. of peak torque in rear-wheel-drive configuration and 357HP and 344 lb.-ft. of torque with all-wheel drive.
In terms of performance, the RWD LS 460 can accelerate from zero-to-60 mph (96 km/h) in about 5.4 seconds while it's AWD sibling, in 5.9 seconds. According to Lexus, the RWD model achieves an EPA-estimated 16 mpg city and 24 mpg highway rating and the AWD, 16mpg city and 23mpg highway.
Prices are due to be announced shortly.