Lexus LS 2018 Launch Page

Lexus LS Singapore 2017 2018 5Video, reviews and all you need to know about the sexy new Lexus flagship, the LS limo

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We've driven the all-new, fifth-generation Lexus LS luxury limousine and now that the global embargo is lifted, here's what we think of the radically-designed and very, very different LS. 

Watch our video walkthrough of the car on the grounds of George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch. 

The main model at launch is the LS 500 , powered by a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 engine that replaces the old LS 460 with its 4.6-litre V8.

Read our review to find out why it can give cars like the BMW 750 Li a run for its money, then hop on over to our test drive of the LS 500h hybrid version to see why it's an about turn from the LS 600h L that preceded it. 

Lastly, here's the big surprise: The entry-level LS 350 model powered by a naturally-aspirated V6 engine. Check out the review to find out why it's possibly the most interesting - not to mention least expensive - LS model bound for Singapore. 

Scroll down for the important bits about the new LS in point form. 


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New V6 Turbocharged Engine 

- The 3.5-litre V6 twin-turbo engine, codenamed V35A-FTS, is an all-new development.
- It features an electronic wastegate for precise, quick flow control.
- 415hp means it has 33hp more than the previous 4.6-litre V8.
- Fuel-injection is handled by the new D-4ST system with both direct and port injection.
- A new seamless valve seat system helps improve airflow and tumble ratio for better combustion.

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Platform/Construction
- The LS uses the same GA-L platform as the LC coupe.
- It’s claimed to be the stiffest production car platform from Lexus to date.
- It utilises 30 percent more high tensile steel than before and many key structures are made of aluminium.
- The car’s bodyshell is made entirely of aluminium as well, except for the roof which is steel.

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Interior
- The optional HUD is the largest of any kind for a car, at 24-inches wide.
- Active Noise Cancelling makes the cabin quieter using anti-phase sound.
-Lexus calls the four-zone climate control ‘Climate Concierge’ as it uses 13 different infrared sensors and automatically adjusts the air conditioning or seat heating/cooling to suit the selected temperature.

Safety
- VDIM, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, now detects and moderates the car’s behaviour on six axes for a wider range of operation.
- Active safety is upped a notch too, as a semi-autonomous mode including adaptive cruise control with lane tracing (automatic steering assist) will be available in future.

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Design
- The giant spindle grille has 5,000 individual surfaces and took six months of design work to achieve. The F Sport grille has more than 7,000.
- A special hand-pleated upholstery trim option is totally handmade and isn’t offered in all markets because all of it is made by a single family of craftsmen.
- The front aircon vents are fixed - the louvres move behind them - and they’re made of 1.5mm of magnesium for strength.

Derryn Wong
Author: Derryn Wong
Derryn Wong is currently editor-in-chief of CarBuyer and he enjoys probing all aspects of the motoring industry, ranging from bizarre holes in the upholstery to the engineered insanity of the COE system. No, not those kinds of holes.