It only took a few days after the 2018 Lexus LS ‘world premiere in Detroit for someone to give the brand a next-gen Japanese two-door luxury sedan for Photoshop treatment.
Imagined here by X-Tomi, LS Coupe will try to snatch some sales of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe, the task seems much more difficult than just chasing sedan, which is probably why Lexus has no current plans for such a model.
They look into the ship Lexus must be satisfied both for LS four-door, which will launch no less than 90 countries around the world, and reach the US coast by the end of this year, with pricing to be announced closer to that date, or better yet , much sportier and edgier LC 500.
Lexus LS Specification and Performance
Lexus LS offers new twin-turbo V6 engine 3.5-liter that uses F1 technology and good for 415 horsepower and 442 pound-feet (600 Nm) of torque, allowing for a 0 to 60 mph (96 km / h) run in 4.5 seconds.
The Lexus in Detroit report presented the fifth generation of the LS, the new Japanese flagship has grown in size and built on the GA-L platform debuted in LC 500. It’s been 28 years since the first generation Lexus LS premiere at 1989 Detroit Auto Show, made its debut in 2018 LS luxury sedan all-new all the more symbolic.
Exterior – 2018 Lexus LS
The new LS has a lower ground clearance, lower center of gravity and wider track, the length of the reaching 5.235 mm, width of 1.900 mm, a height of 1.450 mm, and the wheelbase of 3.125 mm. Due to extensive use of aluminum, the new LS weighs 90 pounds less than the outgoing generation. Overall, the new LS about 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) lower than the old model / current, while the hood and truck of about 1.2 inches (3 cm) and 1.6 inches (4 cm) lower , each. This is also the first Lexus sedan with six side window design. The wheelbase on the LS measure 123 in (3125 mm), which again is closer to what you get in a long wheelbase 7 or S-Class, rather than a regular-wheelbase version of them.
The all-new 2018 LS offers a bold new look, with a coupe-like silhouette that still allows for a luxury-level interior roominess, while adding what the car calls “visionary technology.”
In terms of design, the new LS is intended to reflect “a strong, unique identity of Japan and the approach to luxury,” but it was envisioned as more of a global luxury sedan, which will be available in no less than 90 countries.
“Not only will the LS symbolize the Lexus brand, it will become the definitive new-generation luxury car embodying Japanese tradition and culture,” said Toshio Asahi, chief engineer for the new LS. “As such, this global pinnacle must go far beyond what the world expects from a luxury car.”
The new LS sitting on premium rear-wheel drive platform of the company, which is an extended version of the LC 500 is used for the new coupe. Furthermore, as the original LS than 28 years ago, the new model is also intended to anticipate what customers want luxury, not just reinforce what the luxury brands that offer.
“We set previously unheard of targets and resolutely pushed ahead towards these ambitious goals,” added Asahi. “The customers who are going to want to own a Lexus flagship are already surrounded by luxury on a daily basis, people who have a sharp eye for authenticity to begin with. We wouldn’t turn their heads with a conventional premium product.”
Design follows the latest philosophy of Lexus with big grille minutes luminaires, while impressive are the six side windows on each side. He stands on the ground with wheels 19 “and there are also 20” wheels to the additional equipment. Has an active air suspension, the Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system improves handling and the Lexus Dynamic Handling system.
The company wanted the new LS reduce the level of undesirable sounds in the cabin so tuned depending evaporating while planted and an active engine noise cancellation system. The new LS is equipped with a smart pedestrian detection system and active steering, which can brake the car automatically, but also to change its course to avoid collision with a pedestrian.
Interior – Lexus LS 2018
Regarding the audio system is the Mark Levinson, 3D Surround technology, the infotainment system uses a screen 12.3 “, and there is also a color 24” head-up display, the largest in the world, such as Lexus claims . Because the new LS is lower than the previous version, Lexus also added functionality to access available air suspension. It is activated by opening the car with smart key and automatically increases the vehicle and open the seat bolsters to greet the driver behind the wheel.
There are also adjustable seats with 28 settings have air conditioning and massage system. On the back also found large luxurious armchairs, that has these massage functions, and have a tilt to 48 degrees.
In terms of performance, the GA-L platform is the most severe in the history of Lexus, the new LS helps achieve superior ride and handling balance than its predecessor. When it comes to traveling, there’s also the latest generation Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management technology to consider – a system that implements cooperative control all vehicle subsystems such as brakes, steering, powertrain and suspension. Handling is also driven by the active stabilizer bar and Lexus Dynamic Handling System with independent front and rear wheel. The VDIM is able to aid stability when driving over the LS split-friction surfaces such as dry pavement and ice.
Lexus LS 2018 Specification Engine and Performance
Under the hood is a new 3.5-liter V6 biturbo engine developed through F1 technology performance 415 hp with 600 Nm of torque. Combined with a 10 speed automatic transmission, with 0-96 km / h coming in 4.5 seconds. The all-new 2018 Lexus LS flagship will go on sale in late 2017.
Lexus unveiled its new racing RC F GT3 who can participate in the tournament in Japan Super GT and IMSA SportsCar USA. His debut will be at the 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race on January 26-29, will be involved with the team 3GT Racing. The new Lexus race car will also compete in the GT300 class of the Super GT Series in Japan, apart from the U.S., starting from the 2017 season.
For the competition, Lexus RC F GT3 2017 has a V8 engine that produces up to 540 horsepower, according to the regulations of the championship involved and weighs 1,250 pounds. The Lexus leaves open the possibility to bring the RC F GT3 and Europe, so that it runs in the GT3 championship of FIA.
“Lexus is embracing new challenges as a luxury lifestyle brand as it strives to inspire customers with amazement and excitement that exceed the imagination,” said Tokuo Fukuichi, President of Lexus International. “Our decision to enter in customer motorsports will both refine the performance of our high-performance F models and give our customers an amazing experience.”
“I’m pleased that we are able to introduce the LEXUS RC F GT3 in the GT3 category, which represents the highest level of customer racing,” added Koei Saga, Chief Officer and Technical Director of Toyota Gazoo Racing Factory.
“The first step is to place four cars in races in the U.S. and Japan, but in the future we will nurture our RC F GT3 into a model that is loved by worldwide customers.”
To celebrate the race-ready form the RC F GT3, Lexus has published a video entitled “The Road to Daytona: Lexus Returns to Racing” which explains what to do to adjust racing suit for a high performance coupe.
Lexus thinking to prepare the 7-seater version of the Lexus RX and reportedly the presentation will take place later in the year in order to begin sales in 2018. This new more practical and roomier version will have major rivals the Volvo XC90 and Mercedes GLS. Engine Specification, the 7-seater RX will be powered by the same engines of the simple RX and includes the V6 of RX350 and the hybrid RX450h.
According to Karlk Schlich Director of Toyota hinted that we will see many crossover of the two companies stating:
“We would see other SUV developments before we’d see another coupe – that’s my guess. Once the coupes have done their job, we need to further refine the SUV range.”
Lexus apart from the 7-seater RX prepares and the production version of the UX concept, the small SUV presented in Paris last year and expected to be placed under the NX and RX. The company has already established names UX200, UX250 and UX250h and is very likely the UX is a replacement and not so successful CT as the basic model of the company.