Luxury-branded sedans seem to be archaic as the modern world heads toward its third decade. Maybe the Mercedes-Benz S-class will always be around, but Lexus could have let the 2018 Lexus LS die. After a few wistful tears and melancholy reflections, the world would have moved on; in fact, Lexus makes its real money selling crossovers and SUVs. Yet here’s a new big Lexus four-door, the direct successor to the original 1990 LS400 that rocket-launched the rand name into living and also the only Japan-made vehicle of their type still sold in North America.
2018 Lexus LS Specifications
The standard engine is the new V35A-FTS direct-injected, twin-turbocharged DOHC 24-valve V-6. With a relatively long 100. 0-millimeter stroke, this 3. 4-liter V-6 is tuned for torque creation, and it slugs out a seamless 442 lb-ft from 1600 to 4800 rpm. Meanwhile, the 416-hp peak occurs at 6000 rpm, which is a location of the tachometer that the silky-shifting 10-speed computerized transmission prefers to keep the engine away from.
The 416 horsepower represents a 30-hp bump over the previous LS460’s 4. 6-liter V-8. But it’s the increase over the V-8’s 367 lb-ft of maximum torque that is more significant. Even though the V-8 provided good low-end wallop, its torque peak was up at 4100 rpm. The turbo V-6’s additional seventy-five lb-ft not only is greater in quantity but is delivered over a lower, broader rev range.
The 500h’s hybrid powertrain is similar to that of the LC500h coupe and uses a different, obviously aspirated, Atkinson-cycle 3. 5l V-6, the 8GR-FXS. A member of Toyota’s GRMS family of V-6s that appears in everything from the Tacoma pickup to the Camry and lots of other Lexus models, it has a shorter, 83. 0-millimeter stroke. In this application, Lexus rates it at 295 horsepower before adding in the whirring electric motors.
Lexus promises a zero-to-60-mph time of only 4. 6 seconds for the rear-drive LS500, and that’s in a terme conseillé that weighs practically 5000 pounds. We think Lexus’s claim is too quick, considering 4. 6 seconds is all we could get out of the more powerful and lighter LC500. The EPA has yet to sign off on fuel-economy ratings, but we surmise that Lexus’s estimates of 20 mpg in the location and 29 mpg highway for the rear-drive LS500 and 18/27 mpg with 4wheel drive are recorded target. It would be nice if the turbo V-6 got a discernible voice, though.
It is hard to determine that anything exotic is going on with the hybrid system or with the magically complex transmission. Lexus claims the 2018 Lexus LS with rear-wheel drive will glide to 60 your in 5. 1 secs (again, probably optimistic), with the all-wheel-drive version taking another tenth. Fuel-economy quotes are 25 mpg in the town and 33 mpg on the highway for the rear-drive LS500h. Hit 2 mpg off each number for the all-wheel-drive version.
2018 Lexus LS Exterior
Except for a few floor stampings and some of the rear postponement, interruption, the latest 2018 Lexus LS is pretty much all new. Now riding on a 123. 0-inch wheelbase and stretching an entire 206. 1 inches overall, it’s actually longer than ever before. The only wheelbase option is 1. 3 inches greater than those of the prior L model (as specific from the discontinued and shorter, non-L version), and overall length is up an inch, too. The newest car is also an in . wider and an inch lower.
So the new LS500 and LS500h hybrid are big mothers. They are still a smidge shortest than the U. H. -market S-class, but the smidge has tightened to below an inch. The new LS is the most significant car any Japan manufacturer has dared sell in the United Declares. So that as is increasingly common in this class, both types are available with either rear- or all-wheel drive.
2018 Lexus LS Interior
It’s like a kid’s Spirograph design that has been computer-modeled in 3D during a beverage bust at Pixar. In all its intricacies, it is fascinating. Getting a Farreneheit Sport version of the “2018 Lexus LS” brings with it a grille that’s just as detailed, though less interesting to contemplate together loses touch with reality.
All that texture exists within Lexus’s controversial “spindle” design. The massive maw of the spindle defines the front of the LS, and there are plenty of other nice details in the styling–the side-view mirrors are kind of glorious little sculptures on their own–and they all incorporate to produce a vehicle that is half Maserati, half Mercedes, and with a 3rd half which advanced Venusian. It doesn’t look quite like everything else.
While the regular LS interior is all leather-and-wood-trimmed conventional luxury car, the available Executive interior bundle tries something different. Instead of the usual leather-upholstered door panels, there’s pleated, origami-inspired textile that looks both beautiful and very Japanese. And in place of fine-grain wood, the doors are accented with cut kiriko a glass panels with cast etching and facets that push the definition of luxuriousness.
There are all sorts of wood and leather and aluminum options available with other packages, but it’s the stretch to incorporate these new ideas that makes the Executive interior a worthwhile option. The dashboard design is the variety of artwork deco striations, nicely distinctive knobs, LCD displays, and two knobs poking out from either side of the gauge hood (reminiscent of controls in the LFA supercar). Lexus has taken some design chances in here, and it all works.
2018 Tuning LS Prices
With prices for the 2018 Lexus LS starting at about $75, 1000 and topping out at almost $100K after padding out of all options, Lexus normally includes all the equipment and technology expected in this class of vehicle. The seats are substantial and comfortable, everything works with precision, and every display is vivid. Longer exposure may find some ergonomic hiccups, but at least at first this appears to be a completely logical luxury liner.