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Lexus didn't have the charisma and the brand awareness as its main rivals, so it struggled to create a better car than its competitors.

The third generation of Lexus' flagship model debuted at the 2000 North American International Motor show, and, at first sight, it looked like its designers peaked at German premium carmakers. But when the vehicle was thoroughly studied, it revealed that it was a better-build machine.

Toyota put all the technology it had inside the LS. The Japanese automaker went on to create smaller gaps in the bodywork and studied every single piece of the panels to make them look perfect. The design team, on the other hand, lacked the imagination to create something unique. The car's big headlights resembled the shape of a Mercedes-Benz, and the grille was crossed by thin horizontal slats. The proportions were close to those of an S-Class, while the taillights looked very similar to those from an E-Class, spread between the rear quarter panels and the trunk lid.

Inside, the combination of wood and leather was a must for every flagship model created by a premium automaker, and so was the LS. The gate for the automatic transmission shifter was similar to the one from a Mercedes-Benz. But the fit and finish were just impeccable. Moreover, the carmaker insisted on technology and installed a black and green screen atop the center stack with buttons on its rim to show and control various functions of the vehicle, including the excellent HVAC. In addition, the long wheelbase led to ample legroom for the rear passengers.

Under the hood, Toyota installed only one engine paired as standard with a five-speed automatic transmission. While it couldn't offer the vast range of engines as its competitors, it created the best in its class powerplant in terms of efficiency, power, and low vibrations.

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LEXUS LS 2000 - 2003
  1 gasoline engine
  • 430 V8 5AT (281 HP)

LEXUS LS 430 V8 5AT (281 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  430 V8 5AT (281 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4293 cm3
Power
207 KW @ 5600 RPM
281 HP @ 5600 RPM
278 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
308 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
417 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155.3 mph (250 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
6.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/55R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
196.8 in (4999 mm)
Width
72 in (1829 mm)
Height
57.9 in (1471 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.2/62.2 in (1,580/1,580 mm)
Wheelbase
115 in (2921 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
19.5 cuFT (552 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.26
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4034.4 lbs (1830 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5180.9 lbs (2350 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
13.4 mpg US (17.6 L/100Km)
Highway
26.4 mpg US (8.9 L/100Km)
Combined
19.4 mpg US (12.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
289 g/km
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