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Posted on Mar 20, 2012 by
2012 Lexus LS 460

2012 LS 460

The 2012 is based on the revised version launched in 2009. Over the last couple of years the LS has received minor tweaks on the exterior and the interior with Lexus introduced a new Nebula Grey Pearl shade for 2012 which replaces Smoky Granite Mica finish. It is available in a short wheelbase and a long wheelbase configuration.

The 2012 Lexus LS gets a 4.6-liter V8 teamed with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces 380bhp and 497Nm of peak torque in rear-wheel-drive configuration. The engine includes the world’s first electric motor-driven Variable Valve Timing with intelligence and Electronically controlled (VVT-iE) intake cam. It also has a dual fuel-injection system, with both port and direct injection.

Those who want ultimate luxury, the LS has a long list of optional luxury trims to chose from that includes the Comfort Package which has a a power trunk closer, Intuitive Park Assist, heated rear seats and heated and cooled front seats. The Comfort Plus Package includes those features plus semi-aniline leather, power rear seats with lumbar massage and power butterfly headrests, and rear seat-mounted side airbags.

A Rear Seat Upgrade package for the LS 460 L models includes Luxury Package features and rear lumbar massage; rear power butterfly headrests; power rear seats with memory; rear seat-mounted side airbags; dual-zone rear air conditioning with air purifier and additional rear air ducts; additional wood trim; rear cool box; and rear audio controls.

The Executive Class Seating Package for the LS 460 L likewise includes power butterfly rear headrests; lumbar massage for the rear driver’s side seat; four-zone independent front and rear air conditioning with Lexus’ Air Purification system and ceiling climate diffusers; rear-door power sunshades with a fixed rear console and foldout table; and a passenger’s side rear seat recliner with ottoman leg rest.

The LS comes standard-equipped with eight airbags, including side curtain airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags and knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. Rear seat-mounted side airbags are also available as an option.

This flagship Lexus gets a plethora of active and passive safety features that include Electronically Controlled Brake (ECB) system, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), and engine torque via the electronically controlled throttle. Additional safety features include Advanced Pre-Collision System (APCS), Lane Keep Assist (LKA) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

The LS is also available with a hybrid powertrain. Click here for a review of the 2012 Lexus LS 600h L.

Specifications

Price
Premier SWB:
AED 325,000
Premier LWB:
AED 320,000
Prestige LWB:
AED 372,000
Platinum LWB:  
AED 374,000

Engine
4.6-liter V8; 380bhp, 497Nm

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