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2013 Lexus LS 460 F-Sport
Lexus is clearly tired of being referred to as a boring automaker, because it has injected its new 2013 LS 460 with a healthy dose of style, tech, and (in the case of the F-Sport) sportiness.
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All 2013 LS models feature the automaker's new "spindle" grill, but the F-Sport package features a mesh treatment with a dark finish.
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More aggressive styling on the front and rear bumpers and 19-inch BBS forged alloy wheels distinguish the F-Sport model from other LS 460s.
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Brake cooling ducts
Those enlarged lower intakes at the bumper's corners are cooling ducts for the big Brembo brakes.
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Same 4.6L V-8
The 4.6-liter V-8's output doesn't get upgraded with the F-Sport package, but the handling and styling do. RWD and AWD power trains are available.
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Lower ride, better grip
The F-Sport sits 10mm lower than other actively suspended LS 460s and 20mm lower than coil-sprung models.
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The LS 460 F-Sport is only the latest in a line of F-Sport variants of Lexus vehicles.
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Inside, the LS 460 F-Sport features leather trim on the steering wheel and aluminum trim in place of the standard 460's wood. The seats are more deeply bolstered and should hold better while cornering.
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2013 LS 460 L
Standard LS 460 models also feature the spindle grille, but feature horizontal chrome bars for the upper and lower portions.
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Lexus has upgraded the LED daytime running lamp with what it calls a "light tube" that illuminates as a solid strip, rather than a dotted line. The projector headlights can also be optioned up to LED illumination.
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The long-wheelbase model is the variant for Lexus owners who want to be chauffeured or spend time entertaining clients or friends in their car.
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New rear end
Lexus has reshaped the taillamps to visually widen the car's stance. Here you can also see the spindle theme repeated in the sheet metal between the lights.
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Taillamps are all LED for this generation. If you opt for the LED headlight package, all of the exterior lights (including reverse lights and courtesy lights) are upgraded to match.
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Lexus claims this small aerofin placed between the wing mirror and the body helps to reduce wind noise at highway speeds and increase straight-line stability.
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These optional hollow-channel wheels are available in 18- and 19-inch sizes and feature an integrated sound-dissipating chamber in the rim to reduce road noise. Even after a lengthy explanation by Lexus' chief engineer, I'm not really sure how it works.
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The LS still looks like it was machined from a solid chunk of metal, but the spindle grille almost makes it looks like it's bursting out of itself. Personally, I think the LS 460 wears the new design well.
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Lexus splits the dashboard into two zones, the display zone up top and the operation zone below the beltline.
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The LS's analog clock is tied to GPS. So, when you change time zones, it automatically adjusts.
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Whether you chose the standard or the hybrid (shown here) instrumentation is simple and classy.
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12.3-inch, ultrawide screen
The 12.3-inch infotainment system from the 2013 GS makes its way into the LS' dashboard.
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A version of Toyota's Entune system, dubbed Lexus Enform, brings apps to the dashboard, including OpenTable reservations, MovieTickets.com, Yelp reviews, Facebook check-in, and Pandora and iHeartRadio audio streaming.
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With more space, the driver can perform simple multitasking, such as monitoring the map while keeping fuel economy info onscreen at the same time.
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This is what Lexus' interior designers call the "interaction zone." Here you'll find the controls for the drive-select system, the remote touch controller, the shifter, and the seat heater/cooler controls.
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Air-suspended models feature five drive modes with two distinct suspension tunes accessed with the drive selector. The body can be raised a few inches to clear obstructions with the touch of a button.
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LS 600h L hybrid
The LS 600h L still sits at the top of the LS pecking order, its 438-horsepower hybrid engine also surviving the styling upgrade largely untouched.
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Blu-ray in the backseat
The fold-down rear-seat entertainment system now features a Blu-ray player.
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The long-wheelbase model features more legroom behind the driver's seat.
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Power seats are available for all four seating positions in some models.
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The rear seats feature their own console with controls for heating and adjustment.
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Executive rear console
Spec the Executive package on long-wheelbase models and the rear seats gain their own climate controls, power reclining with an extendable ottoman, and shiatsu massage.
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The rear passengers retain quite a bit of control over infotainment thanks to these stow-away remote controllers.
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Mark Levinson audio
The available 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system sounds as fantastic as it ever has with standard audio sources, but really shines when fed DVD audio with surround encoding.