2018 Lexus LS gets feisty with aggressive looks and powerful twin-turbo V6
At the 2017 North American International Auto Show, Lexus showing off an all new LS flagship sedan.
Which the automaker says delivers more style, performance, and luxury compared to the current car.
That's high in comfort but lacking when it comes to its visual punch and handling dynamics.
At first glance you'll quickly notice the fifth generation models more aggressive exterior styling that breaks away from the safe and conservative appearance of all the LS's that have come before it.
The new car is lower, wider, and longer than before and adapts a coupe-like profile.
Lexus's signature spindle grill is here, while the side windows smoothly integrate with the side pillars, which is another new design element.
The whole package rides on either 19 or 20 inch wheels.
The chassis also gives the LS a lower center of gravity, that along with re-worked suspension and features such as an available anti-roll bars and real wheel steering, should up the LS's handling game.
That hope here is to give German competitors like the Mercedes S Class and BMW 7 Series a run for their money dynamically without sacrificing ride As to power the 4.6 liter V-8 is being replaced by a new twin turbocharged 3.5 liter V-6.
While the V-8 churns out 386 horsepower and 367 pound feet of torque, the small-blown V-6 is more potent with 415 horsepower and 442 pound feet of torque.
And should be more fuel efficient.
The engine works with a new ten speed automatic transmission to get the LS to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds.
Which, unquestionably, is really quick for a full size luxury sedan.
Comfort remains a high priority in the beautifully trimmed cabin, with more rear leg room available.
28 way power front seats.
And Shiatsu massaging function in front and back.
Active noise cancellation will let occupants better enjoy the sounds from the options Mark Levinson premium audio system.
While other tech highlights include a 12.3 inch center infotainment screen and available heads-up display.
Sadly, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren't on the LS's menu at this moment.
The 2018 Lexus LS hits dealers towards the end of 2017, which means we have ourselves a bit of a wait before we get to sample the new car.
But I'm looking forward to seeing exactly how much sharper it is and wondering what a potential escort model will look like.
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