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What it Is
2008 Lexus LX 570 Preview – New York Auto Show: It’s not easy being wealthy. People are always buggin’ for cash, and there are so many choices to be made, like what type of leather to order inside your car, where to buy that summer home or what kind of caviar to serve. It’s confusing, irritating and inconvenient. Rest assured, we can’t relate – but Lexus can, and does, with the all-new and vastly improved 2008 Lexus LX 570. It’s bigger, more powerful, more luxurious and more able to go off road. In essence, it’s more of everything rich people like, which makes living the luxury life just so much more confusing. If only the LX came with a little butler who made all the hard choices for its customers, now that would really be something...
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What’s Under the Hood
The 2008 LX 570 boasts a 5.7-liter V8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission that makes more than 100 horsepower and almost 100 more lb.-ft. of torque at a lower rev range than the previous LX. That has happy benefits all the way around, from towing (6,500 pounds to 8,500 pounds) to off-road performance and overall performance. That’s just the start: The new LX has a thoroughly improved suspension that includes ride height control and a “multi-terrain ABS braking system that reacts to emergency stops on gravel or sand. There’s also a new “Crawl Control” for off roaders, and a new blind corner monitor feature that reveals previously blind road areas to drivers.
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Though the wheelbase stays the same, engineers waved their golden wands and created more room: four inches in length, says Lexus, plus an inch at the top. We didn’t sit inside, but can imagine that such gains help third-row occupants most of all. In typical fashion, you should find this Lexus of Lexi to be quiet and thoughtfully designed, with plenty of cupholders, Lexus Link and other features such as a 19-speaker (yes, 19) Mark Levinson Audio system with surround sound, a hard disc that holds up to 2,000 songs, and a rear entertainment system with a 9-inch screen. Optional packages include analine leather, a Smart Key card and “Bubinga” wood trim – the kind of wood they make instruments out of. It ain’t Pine #3.
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What Lexus Says
“The all-new LX 570 is packed with the luxury appointments and seamless technology our buyers expect of a Lexus vehicle,” said Bob Carter, Lexus Division group vice president and general manager. “Equally important, the new LX 570 sets a high-water mark for Lexus by providing the amount of interior space, comfort, luxury, and ride quality our customers demand.”
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What We Think
Sit back for a moment and consider how far Lexus has come in a relatively short time. From thinly rebadged Toyotas to ultimate luxury machines like the LX 570, if you’re into a quiet ride wrapped in some of the finest materials available, program your local Lexus dealer into your navigation system today and plan to make a visit later this year, when the 2008 Lexus LX 570 arrives.
Photos courtesy of: Lexus, Brian Chee
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