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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10
Allows its stability-control system to completely [turn] off
380 horses' worth of smooth, even, and seemingly inexhaustible power
Worse-than-expected acceleration times
Car and Driver
The 2008 Lexus LS 460 and Lexus's 2008 LS 460 L get plenty of giddyap from their V-8 engines, but reviews read by TheCarConnection.com featured mixed impressions of the transmission and handling.
Under the hood of the 2008 Lexus LS 460 is a 380-hp engine that Automobile notes is "the first all-new V-8 engine" in the Lexus brand history. Car and Driver also writes that the "aluminum" engine "displaces 4.6 liters" and "torque increases 55 pound-feet to 367" versus the older version of the LS 460. Automobile finds the engine on this Lexus 2008 model provides "smooth, even, and seemingly inexhaustible power," a sentiment echoed by Cars.com, which notes that "acceleration is rather astonishing." Overall, Edmunds feels that acceleration performance is "on par with its peers," and the 2008 Lexus LS 460 can "hit 60 mph in a swift 5.8 seconds."
One of the main reasons for the 2008 Lexus LS 460's impressive acceleration, especially on the highway, is the world's first eight-speed automatic transmission on the car. Cars.com approves of the transmission, saying that "gear changes are barely perceptible under most driving conditions." However, while Car and Driver claims that the "LS jumps off the line," they note that "a not-quite-short-enough first gear led to worse-than-expected acceleration times." Aside from acceleration benefits in some situations, Motor Trend points out that the transmission offers "near CVT-like performance and fuel economy," allowing this 2008 Lexus to achieve EPA fuel economy that "is expected to rise from 18/25 mpg to 19/27."
Turning and stopping are definitely not among the strong suits on this Lexus 2008 edition of the LS 460, but with such a large car, that probably shouldn't come as a surprise. ConsumerGuide finds that "the base suspension permits marked body lean, as does the air suspension's Comfort setting." Motor Trend agrees, claiming the new Lexus 2008 "heels over more in the corners than the German sedans do," although they do approve of the "natural level of effort" required to handle the steering wheel. In terms of braking, Car and Driver says they "measured a pitiful 209 feet" stopping distance from 70 mph, "30 feet longer than an LS430." While Edmunds doesn't mention stopping distances, they find that the brakes "can seem grabby in stop-and-go traffic."
A strong engine and an impressive eight gears help the big 2008 Lexus LS 460 move comfortably, but handling and braking are definitely not up to par with the car's European competitors.