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A flagship has to offer something above and beyond the usual luxury car. And with impressive technology now cascading across all vehicles, premium advances are becoming harder to find. But with its upcoming LS flagship, Lexus believes it has raised the ante in the prestige-sedan segment.
Unveiled at the Detroit auto show, the 2018 Lexus LS is a marvel of powertrain, suspension, and safety advances that the automaker feels will trump its German rivals.
“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, LS chief engineer, said in a press release. “As such, this global pinnacle must go far beyond what the world expects from a luxury car.”
The LS will replace the outgoing 4.6-liter V-8 with a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 that Lexus says was developed specifically for the LS. Boasting 415 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque (compared to 386 hp and 367 lb-ft of the old V-8), the new LS should accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, Lexus says.
Why the change? In an interview, Asahi said, “Looking five to 10 years down the line, we need to factor in the social responsibility of the environment. Alternatively, we understand the customer need of this segment is to have an engine equivalent or exceeding a V-8. With the twin-turbo, we have ensured the performance aspect exceeds what we would get in a V-8. We also wanted to be more advanced with better environmental performance and fuel efficiency to our competitors.”