SW03ES Posted October 18, 2006 Share Posted October 18, 2006 We were out to dinner and I thought on a whim that maybe they'd have an LS460 at Lexus of Rockville. So we swung by, sure enough there sat a beautiful black on black one right there in the showroom! First let me say, any doubts I had about the car's styling or how expensive the car looks are gone. In person it is a beautiful, and imposing machine. They really did a teriffic job, it is MUCH more appealing than the LS430 in almost every way. Gone is any awkwardness in the cars styling, everything looks perfectly in proportion, its just a beautiful car. Without a doubt the most beautiful car Lexus has ever produced. Everything is done with such perfect precision, from the tight tolerances around the parking sensors, to the tailpipes, to the flawless finish of the paint. I even like the standard 18" wheels which I thought were a little bland in the pictures. They have a depth and an aggressiveness to them that just didnt come across in the photos. One other thing that I wasn't prepared for is how big the car is, it is HUGE. The long hood really makes it imposing. Whether it is a lot bigger than the old car externally or not, it looks MUCH bigger. Now, inside. The interior of this car is incredible. The grey looks nice in pictures, but for me its got to be that black. It contrasts so well with the deep red stained wood and the titanium finish of all the buttons and controls. The leather is so soft and supple, high quality triple stitching all the way around, not one cheap feeling material in the whole car. Thank God, the weird grainy dash material on the other new Lexus models is gone! Whats left is a normal, high quality, matte finish vinyl. The seats aren't as big as the previous car, but they're very comfortable. Sitting in the back seat with the drivers seat positioned just how I like it further reinforced my opinion that the "L" model is not at all worth the $15k premium. I had more than enough room to sit back and cross my legs without ever touching the seat in front of me. No need for 6 more inches. The trunk space was adequate, still not great (altough the LS has never had great trunk space). I can only imagine how small it is on the models with the rear seat ventillation. All in all I must say its one of the most appealing cars I think I've ever seen. The S550 is nice, but to me even if the price point was the same the interior on this car is MUCH more attractive. The model I sat in was $67k and lacked only the ML audio. Even Carla said "Wow, thats not much"! Just a super car, this thing is in my garage in 2008 no ifs ands or buts. Any thoughts I had about an ES350 or an Infiniti M are gone, this is the car. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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