Power is courtesy of an all-new 4.6-liter V8 driving the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Interestingly, the engine’s valve timing chain is driven via an electric motor in a system Lexus calls VVT-iE, said to improve top-end performance. This equates to a 0 to 60mph dash of only 5.4 seconds for the big Lexus and with an Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle II rating to boot.
Inside the car gets a heated steering-wheel, hard-drive based navigation system with Bluetooth activated voice control of your mobile. Audio is taken care of with a high-end Mark Levinson system featuring a 19 speaker surround sound setup. The new LS also comes with a parking assist program utilising a camera, parking sonar sensors and an electric power steering system which guides the car automatically.