Japanese car maker Lexus has taken its latest Lexus LS Facelift to two-yearly carshow in Paris. The flagship model received a major facelift for the 2013 model year including the company’s new spindle grille design element. Other highlights include redesigned head lights and rear lights as well as a re-shaped bumper and boot.
On the stand in Paris, the LS 600hL hybrid is displayed. The new model is part of a lineup of models including the LS 460, LS 460L and LS 460 F Sport. The LS 460 and LS 460L are available in both RWD and AWD versions while the LS Hybrid is offered with a full-time AWD system.
The LS 460, 460 L and F SPORT are powered by a 4.6 liter V8 engine linked to an eight-speed sequential shift automatic transmission. The RWD model produces 386bhp with 487Nm of torque pushing the luxury saloon from zero to 60mph in 5.4 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 210km/h. The AWD’s output is limited to 360bhp and 470Nm. In this case a sprint to 60mph is done in a slower 5.9 seconds. The LS 600h Hybrid is powered by 5.0 liter V8 engine and a pair of electric motors to produce a total output of 438bhp. This hybrid version does 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds.
The F Sport edition has a special body kit featuring a different front bumper that incorporates larger side air vents. Other sporting elements include side skirts, lowered suspension, six-piston caliper Brembo brakes, a diffuser placed between the tail pipes and the 19 inch alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, the F Sport model has two-tone seats that come with larger bolsters, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters and aluminum trim.