What Changed for 2008:
- All-new LS 600h L hybrid model with all-wheel drive debuts
- Available Air Suspension package on the LS 460 L
- One new exterior color-Opaline Pearl-is added
The fourth-generation Lexus LS was launched in 2006. As the flagship of the Lexus brand, the 2008 LS models traditionally represent the zenith of luxury, technology and safety engineering in a large 4-door sedan. A best-seller since its introduction in 1990, the Lexus LS enjoys accolades for quality, reliability, technology, safety and comfort. In addition to the short- and long-wheelbase models, the fourth-generation LS is the first to be offered with a hybrid powerplant and full-time all-wheel drive.Model Lineup
There are three different Lexus LS models for 2008, each offering a comprehensive list of standard luxury and safety features. The LS 460 is the standard sedan, with the standard wheelbase and chassis length, on a rear-wheel-drive platform. The LS 460 L is built on a platform with a wheelbase stretch of 4.8 inches, and an overall length increased by the same amount. It shares the same engine, transmission, and rear-wheel-drive drivetrain as the standard sedan. Options for the LS 460 include an upgraded Mark Levinson stereo, Luxury package, Touring package, and Intuitive Park Assist (IPA). The LS 460 L offers the Executive Class Seating package-converting the interior to 4-person seating (including rear seats that recline) and including a DVD entertainment package. Also available on the LS 460 L is the Air Suspension package, which includes 19-inch wheels, larger tires, variable gear-ratio steering, and an adaptive variable air suspension.
The hybrid LS 600h L is only available on the stretched chassis shared with the LS 460 L. It offers a unique gasoline/electric powerplant with a special transmission and a full-time all-wheel-drive powertrain. The LS 600h L offers many of the LS 460 options as standard equipment, but the ultra-luxury sedan may still be customized with the optional Premium packages, the Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and the Executive Class Seating package.Powertrain
V-8 power has been the standard for the Lexus LS from its inception, and the 2008 model is no exception. The LS 460 and LS 460 L share a powerful 4.6-liter V-8 that develops 380 hp and 367 lb.-ft. of torque while returning EPA estimated mileage figures of 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. An 8-speed, sequential-shift automatic transmission routes power to the rear wheels.
The hybrid LS 600h L is equipped with both a 5.0-liter V-8 engine and a high-output electric-drive motor. Combined, the engine and motor generate 438 hp under the hood of the Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV). The EPA mileage rating for the hybrid is 20 mpg city/22 mpg highway. Unique to the hybrid is the electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT) connected to the full-time all-wheel-drive system.Safety
The 2007 Lexus LS 460 (structurally identical to the 2008 model) has undergone crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS
) and received "Good" scores in all six categories ("Good" is the highest of the four ratings assigned by the IIHS). The overall vehicle evaluation was also rated "good." A comprehensive list of safety features is standard on all 2008 Lexus LS models, including multiple air bags, traction and stability control, and an available Pre-Collision System (PCS) that prepares the vehicle and its occupants in the event of a collision.Technology
All versions of the 2008 Lexus LS are available with an Advanced Parking Guidance System. Utilizing sensors in the bumpers and the backup camera on the rear of the vehicle, onboard computers process the angles needed to park the vehicle. Once the system is activated by the driver, it operates in a completely hands-free manner, though the driver is still responsible for braking. The LS is also available with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, a millimeter-wave radar-based system designed to maintain a pre-set distance behind the vehicle in front. Unique to the LS 600h L are the advanced Light-Emitting Diode (LED) headlamps, designed to illuminate faster and last longer than other automotive headlamps.
Available Trims for the 2008 Lexus LS 460 Sedan
||8 speed automatic
|| 380-hp / 4.6L 8-cyl
||8 speed automatic
|| 380-hp / 4.6L 8-cyl