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Lexus LX570 review

By Dean Mellor, 23 Mar 2010 Road Tests

Lexus LX570 review

The new Lexus LX570 has finally arrived on Australian shores. Dean Mellor asks, is it more than just a flash Landcruiser?

The new Lexus LX570 has finally arrived on Australian shores. Dean Mellor asks, is it more than just a flash Landcruiser?

Despite its unique styling features, including grille, bonnet, headlamps and tail lights, it's obvious to most that the new Lexus LX570 is a Toyota LandCruiser with the lot.

Lexus offers two model variants of the new LX570: Prestige at $136,700 and Sports Luxury at $151,700.

There are a number of mechanical features that make the LX570 very different from the Cruiser on which it's based, most notably the super-smooth and potent 5.7-litre V8 engine that pumps out 270kW and 530Nm, propelling the 2740kg luxo-wagon from 0-100km/h in a claimed 7.8 seconds.

Although the new donk is bigger, and the LX570 weighs more than its LX470 predecessor, Lexus claims a fuel economy improvement of eight percent; the official combined cycle is 14.8L/100km. The LX570 has a 93-litre main tank and a 45-litre sub tank.

The engine is mated to the same AB60F six-speed auto transmission used in the turbo-diesel Cruiser, with the same ratios and final drive. The transmission feels as though it was designed to mate to the 5.7-litre petrol V8; it's smoother in the Lexus than in the turbo-diesel Cruiser.