The Lexus LS - The Newest Japanese Flagship
|   Thursday, February 09, 2017
Probably one of the most resounding premieres at the Auto Show in Detroit was the 5th generation Lexus LS! The Japanese flagship comes with an impressive design and sophisticated technology to compete directly with the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

The front part is typical Lexus, the full-LED headlights have a shape similar to the letter "Z", as if Zorro himself left his autograph! The extremely muscular front wings are reminiscent of Lexus race cars, while the silhouette comes with more novelties as fluid roofline and rear side windows stretched to the pillars with a small stationary glass - a first time in the history of the model.


Being created on the luxury platform "GA-L", which was the basis for the LC 500 coupe, the new Lexus LS will provide an agile and dynamic behavior without sacrificing comfort. Agility is enhanced by active stabilizer bars and Lexus Dynamic Handling system (LDH), which turns with the rear wheels independently of the front ones.

Moreover, the new Lexus LS is 90 kg lighter, thanks to the extensive use of high strength steels and aluminum and all components, including the engine, are moved between the axes and are positioned below for a more lowered center of gravity. Aluminum is used extensively in the suspension. The new Lexus LS has a wheelbase of 3,125 mm, or 33 mm longer than the increased wheelbase of its predecessor. However, the wheelbase is smaller than the direct competitors.

The interior continues the idea of hospitality, but comes with elements taken from sports models such as the cockpit made in the style of Lexus's LFA or LC 500, with its buttons for system stability and driving regimes located on the side of the digital dashboard.

In addition to the 12.3-inch display of the multimedia system, there is also a display in front of the passenger and, optionally, a color HUD 24 inches wide (the largest in the world) is provided, which is projected on the window to inform the driver of any potential dangers. The front seats can be adjusted in 28 directions, providing heating, ventilation and massage function.

The back seats may optionally be equipped with a system that tilts the backrest 48 degrees for a relaxing position and could raise it at an angle of 24 degrees to facilitate alighting from the vehicle.

The basic version Lexus LS 500 is equipped with the new V6 Twin Turbo engine with a displacement of 3.5 liters, and develops 421 hp and 600 Nm torque. The unit is coupled to the new 10-speed automatic transmission that can change gears very smoothly, but as fast as a dual clutch transmission!
The new Lexus LS will be offered with rear wheel drive or all-wheel. The version with rear-wheel drive, LS 500, accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (96 km / h) in about 4.5 seconds.

The new Lexus LS also has the Lexus Safety System + safety package, which includes for the first time in the world a system that detects pedestrians and brakes or turns in order to avoid colliding with them.
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