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What's New?

The LS 500 is completely reimagined for 2018. Built on the high-performance platform shared with the coupe-like LC, the 2018 LS 500 has already been recognized with an exclusive EyesOn Design Award—but that's only the beginning. Luxurious interior detailing, from hand-pleated door trims to the world’s only Kiriko glass ornamentation, make the 2018 LS the most opulent sedan in Lexus’ lineup. The Japanese automaker matches the bold styling and driving dynamics of the LS with a technologically advanced hybrid model. 

Overview 

Introduced in 1989, the first-generation LS 400 introduced the Lexus brand to the world. Since then, Lexus has combined quality and reliability with performance, comfort, and technology to rival old-school luxury brands. The trend continues with the 2018 Lexus LS 500, a full-size sedan that represents the best of the brand.

The LS 500 is fast and comfortable, but also efficient and dependable when it counts. Swooping curves juxtapose sharp creases, and Lexus’ iconic spindle grille shape repeats itself on the trunk lid and rear fascia.

The Perfect Ride for…

Drivers looking for the most dynamic driving experience in the model’s history. Built on Lexus’ stiffest platform, the GA-L (Global Architecture for Luxury vehicles) platform first seen on the LC 500, sets the stage for the new model’s enhanced handling, ride smoothness, and cabin quietness. Paired with a turbocharged V6 and a meticulously crafted interior, the new LS 500 offers the most enriching Lexus driving experience to date. 

Drive & Handling

Lexus designed an all-new 3.5-liter V6 engine specifically for the 2018 LS 500. Using twin turbochargers, the V6 offers V8-level performance and is capable of producing an incredible 415 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. It's backed by the first-ever 10-speed automatic transmission in a luxury sedan.

The LS 500 will do 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds with rear-wheel drive, which is standard on the model. All-wheel drive will be an available option, of course.

A new hybrid model, equipped with Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System, combines a 3.5-liter V6 engine with two electric motors. It’s capable of delivering a total output of 354 horsepower and going from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. It, too, will be available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. 

Key Features

Luxury Interior Inspired by Japanese Hospitality

Not only did the 2018 LS 500 claim EyesOn Design Award for impeccable interior design, but it’s also warmer, more welcoming, and more organic than any other Lexus model to date.The interior of the LS 500 is inspired by omotenashi, the Japanese concept of hospitality. In a practical sense, it means taking care of drivers and passengers, anticipating their needs, and ensuring they’re comfortable and protected from hazards. 

Natural woodwork and precise metal lines accentuate the interior, while hand-pleated door trim further enhances the model's intricate beauty. Ornamentation extends to the hand-carved glass designs found in the cabin. These intricate designs, while effortless in appearance, have been treated with reinforcement technology to ensure they're strong enough for use in the vehicle. 

F SPORT Package  ​

Bearing the signature letter of Lexus’ performance sub-brand, F SPORT models add a little extra sportiness to the brand’s lineup. Available only on the standard-wheelbase LS 500, it adds a bit of spice to the model thanks to 20-inch forged alloy wheels, six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes, sport suspension, sport seats, paddle shifter, and model-specific styling.

Alternative Options

While the LS 460 is the automaker’s flagship sedan, Lexus also offers a number of other options to meet different price points and driving needs. The Lexus GS stays true to the luxury mission of Lexus, but also offers a sporty character to entice enthusiastic driving. With the 2017 ES, Lexus takes a different approach to entry-level luxury than most other automakers by proving that luxury cars don’t have to be sporty. The ES offers a remarkably spacious interior, a more luxurious ride, and more standard equipment than most other cars in the segment.

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