Fifth-Gen 2018 Lexus LS Flagship Debuts In Detroit
The all-new 2018 LS boasts a bold new appearance, with a coupe-like silhouette that still allows for luxury-levels of interior roominess, while adding what the automaker calls “visionary technology.” In terms of design, the new LS is meant to reflect a “strong, uniquely Japanese identity and approach to luxury,” yet it’s been imagined as more of a global luxury saloon, which will be made available in no fewer than 90 countries.
The new LS sits on the company’s premium rear-wheel drive platform, which is an extended version of the one used for the new LC 500 coupe. Furthermore, much like the original LS from 28 years ago, the new model is also meant to anticipate what luxury customers want, rather than simply amplifying what other luxury brands are offering.
Powering the 2018 Lexus LS is a new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, developed through the company’s F1 technology, offering V8-level power without sacrificing fuel economy – while also minimizing noise and vibration. Total output sits at 415 HP and 442 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque, allowing for a projected 0-60 mph (96 km/h) acceleration time of just 4.5 seconds in RWD configuration.