For a Japanese firm to challenge the likes of BMW and Mercedes for top honours in the executive class might have seemed too big a mountain to climb, but Lexus was on the ball straight away when it launched the LS400 in 1990. It might not have had the badge, but thanks to a quad-cam 250bhp (186kW) 244ci (4-liter) V8 and masses of equipment for a bargain price, it quickly gained fans. Double wishbone suspension made it an agile car given its size too, while rack and pinion steering kept it precise in corners, and an intelligent five-speed transmission gave the driver the best of both worlds, depending on their mood. Massive brake discs of 12-inches (304mm) all around with, naturally, ABS, were reassuring given the speeds the LS400 was capable of and inside the luxury of satellite navigation, a CD-Rom, sound system, leather and wood made it a very comfortable grand tourer.
Lexus LS400 Specifications
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