2018 Lexus LS 500

by Mike Hunter

This fifth generation LS by Lexus is hoping to hit the market as a leader in the luxury sedan space. The 2018 Lexus LS 500, available in early 2018, is built on the platform of the high-performance LC coupe and is the first-ever twin-turbocharged engine — with craftsmanship that should catapult it to the top of the market.

The engine is a 416-horsepower twin-turbocharged — more powerful than any previous Lexus. Clocking 4.6 seconds in 0-60 miles per hour and boasting a highway miles-per-gallon of 28, this is a clean and impressively performing new arrival on the scene. Its sleek new styling is mean and important all at once. Using the latest technologies and design, this new sedan approaches in a way that feels like it is hugging the ground and is suited for maximum performance. The angled front headlights and graphic front grill say, “Drive me!”

The styling is a bit outside the box for Lexus and not necessarily in line with the other models. Slightly more rounded and with less “crease” on the side panel, this model will stand out and perhaps introduce a new design style for the manufacturer. The back end has more of a slanted rear window like the Audi A7 and the Porsche Panamera, affording it some clear competition in the marketplace.

2018 Lexus LS 500

MSRP: $73,495
City: 19 mpg
Hwy: 28 mpg
0-60 mph: 4.6 seconds
Transmission: 10-speed automatic

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