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Lexus LS400


Lexus LS400

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

Top speed:155 mph (248 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):6.3 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:242 ci (3,969 cc)
Transmission:5-speed auto
Max power:290 bhp (216 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Max torque:300 lb ft (406 Nm) @ 4,000 rpm
Weight:3,886 lb (1,766 kg)
Economy:17 mpg (6 km/I)
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