Lexus LS400 car, sectioned, 1990.
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This sectioned Lexus motor car was first shown at the British Motor Show at the NEC, Birmingham, in September 1990. First introduced in the USA in 1989, the Lexus LS400 was produced by the Lexus Division of Toyota, Japan, and was designed to compete with established luxury cars, such as those made by BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes. It has a four litre V8 engine which produces 241 bhp at 5400 rpm, giving the car a top speed of 147 mph. An unsectioned example weighs 1.74 tons.