Lexus LS 400

Pros Highest quality luxury saloon. Super reliable. Great value second hand buys.

Cons Some regard the styling as dull.

Lexus LS 400

  • Overview

    The LS 400 was the first Lexus model and was launched to huge acclaim establishing the Lexus brand overnight. According to owners you are pretty much guaranteed an ultra reliable product which offers the highest levels of luxury and specification. The 4.0-litre V8 offering 260 or 280bhp will hold its own anywhere. Max speed is 155mph. Such is its reliability and reputation that even the earliest examples are superb buys if they have been properly serviced. Lexus also has, of course, a great reputation for dealer back up so consider buying second hand from an approved dealer. There are four generations of the Lexus LS 400 all adding extra technological features, luxury and safety spec as they were developed.

  • Key Dates

    • 1990 Lexus LS 400 launched. Hi spec saloon with 4.0-litre 241bhp engine and standard automatic transmission.
    • 1992 Series two with larger 16-inch wheels, improved air-con, interior and safety.
    • 1995 - Series three with longer wheelbase, 260bhp, slight redesign.
    • 1998 Series four. New 280bhp engine, five-speed auto with further body revamp.
    • 2000 - New LS400 introduced with more aerodynamic styling, Vehicle Stability Control, revamp interior and 4.2-litre engine.
  • Lexus LS 400 Series 1 - From June 1990 - Detailed Specification

    • Type 4.0 litre v8 four cam 32 valve
    • Piston displacement3969cc
    • Bore and stroke87.5.0mm x 82.5mm
    • Compression ratio10.5 to 1
    • Max. Horsepower241bhp (180kw) at 5400rpm
    • Max torque258lb.ft (350nm) at 4400rpm
    • Fuel system electronic fuel injection
    • Fuel tank capasity85 litres (18.7 gallons)
    • Fuel type unleaded only
    • Four speed automatic transmission
    • Engine tune is constantly monitored by an advanced computerised engine management system
    • Dual stainless steel exhaust with catalytic converter
    • Integrated front and rear fog lights
    • Integrated halogen headlights with jet-wash and levelling facility
    • Alloy wheels and
    • Electric boot and fuel flap releases
    • Console box with leather soft lid/arm rest
    • Cruise control
    • Four spoke leather clad steering wheel with speed sensitive power steering and electrically operated telescopic/tilt-lift function with memory
    • High quality hand-stitched soft-touch leather seats
    • Electric multi-adjustable front seats including lumbar support and 2-position drivers seat memory adjustment
    • Electrically-adjustable heated exterior rear view mirrors
    • Heated exterior mirrors
    • Electric windows with auto-touch feature on drivers door
    • Remote control central locking system
    • Air conditioning controlled by micro computer
    • Comprehensive vehicle security system
    • Rear window demister with timer
    • Walnut interior trim
    • Delayed-action entry and exit illumination system
    • Electric tilt/slide sunroof
    • Acceleration (mph, km/h) 0-60mph, 0-100km/h: 8.3 seconds
    • Maximum speed 155mph (250km/h)
    • Anti-theft protected 7 speaker, 3 wave-band radio and Dolby stereo cassette system
    • Compact disc player with 6 disc CD
    • Radio features automatic height adjustment aerial, 18 pre-sets with one touch tuning and network scanning facility
    • Rigid high-tensile steel cabin case
    • Urethane anti-chiaint
    • Overall length5005mm
    • Overall width1820mm
    • Overall height1425mm
    • Tread front1565mm
    • Tread rear1555mm
    • Wheelbase2815mm
    • Kerb weight1815 kg
    • Boot capacity0.454m3 (16.03ft3)
    • Tyres 205/65 zr15 (including spare)

    Towing capacity

    • Trailer with brake 1600kg
    • Trailer without brake750k

    Fuel consumption l/100km (mpg)

    • Urban 14.4 (19.6)
    • Constant 56mph 8.8 (34.1)
    • Constant 75mph 10.4 (27.2)
    • Compression ratio 10.0 to 1

    Suspension

    • 4 wheel independent
    • Front and rear double wishbones, coil springs, gas-pressured shock absorbers, stabilizer bar

    Brakes

    • Front 10.8in ventilated discs
    • Rear 11.4in ventilated disc anti-lock braking system

    Safety

    • Foot operated parking brake
    • Anti-lock braking system (abs)
  • LS 400 Series 4 From Jan 1998 - Detailed Specification

    • Type - 4.0 litre v8 four cam 32 valve
    • Maximum speed 155mph (250km/h)
    • Acceleration (mph, km/h) 0-62mph (0-100km/h) 6.9 seconds
    • Drag coefficient (
    • Fuel consumption l100km (mph)
    • Urban cycle17.5 (16.1)
    • Extra urban9.3 (30.4)
    • Combined 12.3 (23.0)
    • Co2 emissions (g/km) 289
    • Compression ratio10.5 to 1
    • Max. Horsepower280bhp (194kw) at 5900rpm
    • Max torque293lb.ft (398nm) at 4100rpm
    • Fuel system sequential multi-point injection
    • Fuel type unleaded only
    • Variable valve timing (
    • Engine tune is constantly monitored by an advanced computerised engine management system electronic throttle control system (
    • 5-speed electronically controlled transmission () with intelligent computer control
    • Dual stainless steel exhaust system with catalytic converter
    • Wheels16 x 7jj
    • Piston displacement 3969cc
    • Bore and stroke87.5mm x 82.5mm
    • Compression ratio10.0 to 1
    • Tyres 225/60 r16, 97v (including spare)
    • Transmission 5 speed automatic transmission with electronically controlled intelligent transmission (
    • Steering rack and pinion speed-sensitive variable power assistance
  • Size

    • Overall length5005mm
    • Overall width 1830mm
    • Overall height1435mm
    • Tread front1570mm
    • Tread rear1570mm
    • Wheelbase2850mm
    • Kerb weight1815kg
    • Boot capacity463 litres
  • Suspension

    • Suspension 4 wheel independent
    • Front and rear double , coil springs, gas pressured shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
  • Brakes

    • Front 315mm ventilated disc
    • Rear 307mm ventilated disc anti-lock braking system (abs) vehicle stability control (
  • Towing capacity

    • Trailer with brake2000kg
    • Trailer without brake750kg
  • Overhang

    • Front 910mm
    • Rear1245mm
    • Type 4.0 litre v8 four cam 32 valve
  • Other Features

    • High intensity discharge (hid) headlamps with automatic headlamp levelling, luminance sensing system and headlamp washers
    • Alloy wheels (5 spoke)
    • Mudflaps
    • Electrically multi-adjustable front seats, including lumbar support (plus 2-position drivers seat memory function)
    • Four-spoke leather finished steering wheel.
    • Speed-sensitive power assisted steering
    • Electrically multi-adjustable steering wheel position
    • Cruise control
    • Electrically-adjustable heated exterior rear view mirrors, with passenger side reverse auto tilt-down
    • Electric sunroof with jam protection
    • Electric windows with one-touch auto up/down feature and jam protection
    • High quality leather upholstery with heated seats front and rear
    • Front centre console box with cellular telephone capability
    • Multi-information display system including trip computer with steering wheel mounted controls
    • 7 speaker stereo audio system with 3 wave-band radio and cassette
    • 6 disc fitted in the dashboard
    • Rds radio with one-touch tuning and 18 pre-sets
    • Electric aerial
    • Automatic sound which adjusts audio volume according to ambient noise levels
    • Digital processing for improved sound quality
    • Rigid high-tensile steel cabin case
    • Super-high quality finish featuring multi-layer paint treatment
    • Extensive anti-corrosion protection
    • Side
    • 7 speaker stereo audio system with 3 wave-band radio and cassette
    • 6 disc fitted in the dashboard
    • Rds radio with one-touch tuning and 18 pre-sets
    • Electric aerial
    • Automatic sound which adjusts audio volume according to ambient noise levels
    • Digital processing for improved sound quality
    • Rigid high-tensile steel cabin case
    • Super-high quality finish featuring multi-layer paint treatment
    • Extensive anti-corrosion protection
    • Side
    • Drinks holders, front and rear climate-control air conditioning with separate left/right temperature controls and automatic recirculation system key-integrated remote control central locking system with open/close facility for windows and sunroof comprehensive vehicle security system including immobiliser with key-integrated set/unset control rear window demister with timer walnut interior trim
    • Delayed-action entry and exit illumination
    • Lexus navigator system
    • Electric boot and fuel flap releases
    • Driver and front passenger airbags
    • Front seats side airbag system
    • Front seatbelt pre-
    • Vehicle stability control (
    • Traction control
    • Anti-lock braking system (abs)
    • High-mounted rear stop lamp
    • Foot-operated parking brake
    • Upper interior head impact protection
    • Photochromic rear view mirrors (automatic anti-glare)
    • Five 3-point seatbelts and headrests
    • All-round independent double wishbone suspension with coil springs

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