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Old 02-02-2009, 12:05 PM   #1
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Default Rumormill: Lexus LS could get a V6


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Sources say Lexus will most likely add a baseline V6 model to its flagship ]Lexus range, in line with recessive market trends as well as expected benefits to the company’s overall CAFE ratings. This could happen when Lexus unveils the facelift for the LS, which would be due anytime soon as it was launched in the year 2007.

A Lexus LS 350 could be powered by the 2GR-FSE 3.5 liter V6 engine incorporating Toyota D4-S twin injection technology, which combines port injection with direct injection. It produces 315 PS and 377Nm of torque, which puts it somewhere in line with the F01/F02 BMW 740i.

The LS is currently only offered in LS 460 and LS 600h variants. Both are V8s with a 4.6 liter and 5.0 liter engine respectively, the latter also equipped with a high-output electric motor and a NiMH battery pack. In Malaysia in particular where only the LS 460 and LS 460L are sold, the LS is burdened with high road tax costs, and a LS 350 could help boost LS market share with the private buyer “entry level” owners.

Don’t expect anything lower than this at the moment though, as the LS doesn’t have the kind of volumes in 3rd world countries to warrant something like the 730i (yet to be released with the F01/F02 but is said to be a work in progress) or the S300
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Old 02-02-2009, 12:27 PM   #2
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interesting... now if only you could option it with all the goodies as the full sized ls460... it sucks that most cars these days are limited option wise by engine package deals.
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Old 02-02-2009, 12:43 PM   #3
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interesting... now if only you could option it with all the goodies as the full sized ls460... it sucks that most cars these days are limited option wise by engine package deals.
you would think they would want to make the extra coin..

I think this will change with people buying the smaller engine options these days
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Old 02-02-2009, 12:53 PM   #4
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acura ahead of the curve. who knew?
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:00 PM   #5
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this an answer to the genesis v6?

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Old 02-02-2009, 01:08 PM   #6
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Makes sense to me, MB offers a wide range of engines for their S class from V6 to V12 (in europe at least)
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Old 02-02-2009, 04:03 PM   #7
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Interesting. With the Lincoln TownCar so to depart this world (about 2 decades too late) I wonder if more luxury car companies will make cut rate models for the limo business.


probably not.
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Old 02-02-2009, 06:00 PM   #8
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Makes perfect sense...the current V6 makes more power than the last V8.
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