integraguy UltraDork
8/15/10 11:07 p.m.

I've never driven or even ridden in a Lexus, any model, but what I find about the brands "flagship" is that:

1.)it does a good job MIMICING the big German sedans in the looks dept.

2.) when I'm up close to an LS, any year, it always strikes me as being about 10% BIGGER than it needs to be, and I'm …

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/10/13 12:00 a.m.

If you're going to have a flagship, it should cast an impressive shadow, right? For more than 20 years the Lexus LS has remained true to its roots, offering V8 power, lots of interior space, and a handsome silhouette.

The fourth-generation LS arrived for the 2007 model year, and there's still a V8 under the hood: a quad-cam, 32-valve, 4.6-liter unit that produces a smooth 380 horsepower. It's backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive, an LS staple since Day One, is still present.

As the Lexus flagship, of course it's also loaded. Standard amenities include a 10-speaker sound system, automatic collision notification, interior air filter and genuine wood trim. Between the Comfort Package and Luxury Value Package, our car also had a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, power rear sunshade, advanced parking guidance and a Mark Levinson 19-speaker, 7.1-channel sound system. Yes, loaded.

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