Throwback Thursday: MotorWeek Retro Reviews 1990 LS400
To give you a sense of how much Lexus has accomplished in the last 25 years, look no further than the first line of MotorWeek’s LS400 “Retro Review.”
When I read the words “Lexus flagship,” two cars raced directly to the forefront of my crowded mind: the RX and the LS. And they’re still kind of racing.
This is a V8 swap, but there is no Chevy small block to be found. Rather, this particular machine has swapped the 1UZ from an LS400.
Matt Farah recently bought a 1996 Lexus LS400 with nearly a million miles on her. Now fellow gearhead and Jalopnik contributor Tavarish has the car in New Jersey, and he’s prepping it to trek across the States to reach Los Angeles.
Shortly after Toyota started the Lexus brand in 1989, Mark Templin started his long career at Toyota. He’s now a managing officer of Toyota Motor Corporation and executive vice president of Lexus International, responsible for leading the luxury brand’s global operations. We got the chance to ask him a few questions at the preliminary press kickoff for the 2015 New York International Auto Show.