2018 Lexus LS brings new V6 biturbo to the world
BY: ANTHONY KARR,
JAN 09, 2017 at 13:46
Lexus is introducing the all-new, fifth generation LS sedan, designed to be “the brand’s latest global citizen.” The flagship vehicle for the manufacturer has grown in size and has received the GA-L platform for luxury vehicles, which debuted in the LC 500 coupe. The new LS sits lower, has a wider track, and a lower center of gravity.
“Not only will the LS symbolize the Lexus brand, it will become the definitive new-generation luxury car embodying Japanese tradition and culture,” Toshio Asahi, chief engineer for the new LS, says. “As such, this global pinnacle must go far beyond what the world expects from a luxury car."More at linkMotivation of the 2018 LS is provided by an all-new 3.5-liter, V6 biturbo engine, which generates 415 horsepower (309 kilowatts) and 442 pound-feet (600 Newton meters) of torque - sizeable gains over the current LS model’s V8. The highly efficient new unit is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, tuned to deliver “instant acceleration and a constant buildup of torque toward the engine’s redline.” The duo provides a projected 0-60 miles per hour (0-98 kilometers per hour) acceleration in 4.5 seconds.
Lexus says it will start accepting orders for the model near the end of this year, which means, hopefully, pricing will be revealed in a couple of months. Until then, take a look at the gallery below and stay tuned for our live coverage of the new LS from the NAIAS floor.