DETROIT - One more is better.
In unveiling its redesigned LS 460 flagship at the Detroit auto show, Lexus said the sedan will have the world's first eight-speed automatic transmission. The previous benchmark was the Mercedes-Benz S class' seven-speed transmission.
The 4.6-liter V-8 is an all-new design, with both port and direct fuel injection, that generates 380 hp and 370 pounds-feet of torque. That delivers a 0-to-60 time under 5.5 seconds, while combined fuel economy is about 25 mpg.
A hybrid version will deliver the equivalent power of a 6.0-liter V-12 while consuming the fuel of a V-6.
Other technical advances include a hands-free parking system that pulls the vehicle into a parking space, with the driver needing only to use the brake pedal to stop the car.
But it's inside that the luxury shines through. The rear doors can be closed with the push of a button. The stereo features 19 speakers and has a hard drive that holds 4,000 songs.
For those under the care of a chauffeur, the right-side rear seat reclines up to 45 degrees and has an extending ottoman foot rest and a massage function.
Rear-seat occupants get individual DVD monitors. The climate control system has sensors that measure both the cabin temperature and the body temperature of the occupants.
"There's no reason to get out of the back seat," said Jim Press, president of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. "You can live back there."