The LS 460 is an Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) and meets strict standards for hydrocarbon emissions. The 380-horsepower 4.6L V8 with its variable valve timing is linked to the world's first eight-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission to seamlessly return 16 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.
Ample standard equipment includes a choice of three interior wood trims, ten-speaker premium sound system, 16-way power driver's seat, dual-zone climate control, SmartAccess keyless entry and start, and HID headlights.
Other than various luxury options available, the chief difference between the LS 460 and the LS 460 L is the overall length. The L adds nearly five inches to the wheelbase, which equates to five extra inches of rear passenger legroom and allows for some very special appointments. Among them is the $12,675 Executive-Class Seating Package, which adds a rear fixed console, DVD rear-seat entertainment system, power rear sunshades and headrests, and a right rear seat recliner with leg rest and multi-function massager.
The base LS 460 can be configured with various Comfort and Navigation Packages, which add from $5,300 to $11,760 to the $61,500 base price. Both cars are available with Lexus's Intuitive Parking Assist, but only the L offers Advanced Parking, which essentially parallel parks the car for the driver. The feature is a stunning piece of innovation that no other manufacturer offers.
Safety systems are in keeping with the 2008 LS 460's level of refinement. Both models come standard with a host of air bags front, rear, and side, including front knee air bags. Anti-lock brakes, traction control, and stability control are all standard as well. Additionally, both models can be ordered with Pre-Collision System (PCS), which predicts unavoidable collisions and sets seatbelt and brake systems in motion. Also available is Dynamic Radar Cruise Control that maintains a safe, pre-set distance between the car in front. The safety systems are a $2,850 option.