After a couple of leaked photos and the first official images, we now have the full scoop on the upcoming 2013 Lexus LS luxury sedan that adopts a bolder design compared to the outgoing model.
The 2013 model year lineup for the company's flagship model includes the entry-level LS 460, followed by the LS 460L, LS 600h Hybrid and the newly introduced LS 460 F SPORT. While the LS 460 and the LS 460L come in either rear-wheel-drive (RWD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD) format, the LS Hybrid is going to be offered exclusively with an AWD system.
The LS 460, 460 L and F SPORT draw its motivation from a V8 4.6-liter engine linked to an eight-speed sequential shift automatic transmission. The RWD model produces 386 hp (288kW/391PS) and 487Nm (367 lb-ft) of torque which allows it to achieve a 0-60mph sprint in 5.4 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph (210 km/h). The AWD version sees the same engine's output limited to 360 hp (268kW/365PS) and 470Nm (347lb-ft) which extends the sprint time to 5.9 seconds.
The LS 600h Hybrid comes with a V8 5.0-liter engine producing 389 hp (290kW/394PS) and a peak torque of 521Nm (385 lb-ft). Lexus has fitted the hybrid model with an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT). This conventional gasoline engine works together with two electric motors and the Ni-MH battery pack for a total power output of 438 hp (327kW/444PS). It does the 0-60 mph sprint in 5.5 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph.
The aforementioned LS 460 F Sport has a more aggressive exterior look while inside the cabin features F SPORT seats that have larger bolsters. There's also an aluminum trim and a steering wheel wrapped in leather and features paddle shifters. Some of the sporty characteristics of the car include a 0.4-inch lowered sport -tuned air suspension, six-piston caliper Brembo brakes, along with 19-inch alloys with summer or all-season tires.
For the moment Lexus hasn't released any details about the price list for the 2013MY LS lineup.