2018 Lexus LS500 – Talking Points

The 2018 Lexus LS500 has arrived. This vehicle is absolutely AMAZING! I have placed some fun facts & information below! ENJOY!


The LS uses the Global Architecture – Luxury (GA-L) platform for front-engine, rear-wheel-drive like LC.  In addition to providing enhanced packaging with a low center of gravity, it makes for more dynamic driving.

Compared to the current model, the overall height of the new LS is 0.6 inches lower, the hood is 1.2 inches lower and the trunk is 1.6 inches lower.  The overall length is 1.1 inches longer than the LS 460L and the wheelbase is 1.3 inches greater.  This low center of gravity gives the new LS a stretched, ground-hugging appearance.

Panoramic glass roof and outer slide type moon roof (which preserves headroom inside the cabin). Standard 19-inch wheel with 3 additional designs available – one 19-inch and two 20-inch wheels.

Hands-free Power Trunk features a kick-sensor to open and close the trunk

Built-in nozzles are incorporated into each wiper to spray fluid in both directions close to the blades.


3.5L V6 Twin Turbo with 416 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque provides V8 engine performance with less weight and better fuel economy.

All-new 10-speed direct-shift transmission with close gear ratios for rhythmic acceleration . 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds (RWD).

Drive mode selector to activate Sport S and Sport S+ driving dynamics. Available in rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.



Available Origami style door trim where a single piece of cloth is folded over onto itself many times.

Available Kiriko glass door trim (where a unique cutting technique gives rise to beautiful light effects).

Available 28 way adjustable front seats including new shoulder support and side bolster adjustments. Front refresh seats that performs shiatsu on the occupants with two full body and three specific area programs.

Steering wheel heater warms the entire circumference.

Next-generation remote touchpad for ease of input and control of the 12.3-inch multimedia display. The available color 24-inch heads-up display is the largest in the world and displays a variety of information onto the driver’s forward view.

Available Mark Levinson 3D Surround Sound with 23 speakers (some in the front and rear headliner) and 2400W.

The Lexus Climate Concierge sets the front and rear seat air conditioning/heating, seat heaters/seat ventilation and steering wheel heater to automatically select the appropriate temperature for climate conditions.

8-inch TFT LCD combination meter with metallic ring graphic and animations on start up. The appearance of the meter is customizable and changes based on which drive mode is selected.



Touch control panel in rear center console to operate rear seat features (Luxury & Executive packages). Automatic rear seat reclining features lowers the seat and headrests to provide the driver a better backup view from the inside rear view mirror

rear seating


10 airbags standard; 12 airbags optional (rear outboard seat airbags added with the Luxury package and Executive package).

Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Rear Camera Detection – alarm and automatic braking when backing up if a pedestrian is detected at the rear of the vehicle (when equipped with Panoramic View Monitor).

Front Cross Traffic Alert (similar concept to rear cross traffic alert but in the front of the LS).

Standard Lexus Safety System+ features: 1. Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection  2. All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control 3. Lane Keep Assist/Lane Departure Alert with steering assist 4. Intelligent High Beam Headlamps.
Lexus Safety System+ A –  features the world’s first Intuitive Pedestrian Detection with Active Steering within the lane. With this system, if a pedestrian is detected in the lane ahead and a collision is imminent, the LS can automatically brake and potentially steer to avoid the person while staying in the lane. The color HUD is used to alert the driver.



Equipped with the new Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System, which provides enhanced responsiveness and linear acceleration, particularly when accelerating from a full stop.  The system adds a four-speed shifting device to the Lexus Hybrid Drive combination of a 3.5-liter V6 Dual VVT-i gas engine and two electric motors that delivers a maximum system output of 354 hp.

In a conventional full hybrid vehicle, engine output is boosted by the electric motor via a reduction gear, but with the new Multi Stage Hybrid System the power from the V6 engine and the hybrid battery can be amplified by the four-stage shifting device, allowing much greater drive power to be generated when accelerating from stationary and achieving 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds (RWD); 5.2 seconds (AWD).

Like the LC 500h, the LS 500h is fitted with a compact, lightweight LITHIUM-ION hybrid battery.  It’s 20 percent smaller than the nickel-metal hydride unit used in the Lexus LS 600h L, yet has a higher power density.  Lithium-ion technology has also reduced the component’s weight, helping reduce the car’s overall mass – supporting overall fuel economy, emissions performance and handling balance.

hybrid engine

F SPORT (LS 500 only)

F SPORT grille took computer-aided design (CAD) operators five months to achieve the desired texture and interaction with light.  7,000 individual surfaces were adjusted to achieve the desired look and texture – compared to 5,000 for the standard model’s grille.  With the sporty enlarged side grille, it is functional as well, helping to maintain the vehicle’s cooling performance.

Special F SPORT rocker panel and trunk moldings accentuate the sedan’s rakish profile, while F SPORT badging on fenders and exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels complete the exterior transformation.

Ultra White is offered as an F SPORT-exclusive exterior color.  F SPORT exclusive front seat, which provides enhanced support for dynamic driving. A perforated-grill pattern on seating surfaces and unique scored aluminum trim elements add additional sporty flair.

There’s also the F SPORT steering wheel as well as the aluminum accelerator, brake and footrest pedals, the F SPORT perforated shift handle and footrest. Ultra suede in the seats and headliner is the crowning touch.  For the ultimate sporty look, a new Circuit Red interior is available exclusively on F SPORT.  Features sliding F SPORT meter.

Standard 20-inch wheels and 245/45RF20 (Fr); 275/40RF20  (Rr) tires, (summer tires for RWD) along with larger front and rear brakes (6-piston calipers on front and 4 piston on rear)

Available F SPORT Performance package (RWD only) equips the LS 500 F SPORT with Lexus Dynamic Handling (Variable Gear Ratio Steering and Active Rear Steering), Active Stabilizer, and sport-tuned air suspension.

Features the latest generation of the brand’s advanced chassis control technology, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), further refined since its debut more than a decade ago.  VDIM implements cooperative control of all vehicle subsystems – braking, steering, powertrain, and suspension – to control basic longitudinal, lateral and vertical motion as well as yaw, roll and pitch.  Optimal control of these motions helps to enable exceptional ride comfort, enhanced traction and safety and handling agility, and allows for enriched flat vehicle posture during cornering as well as a more comfortable and stable ride overall.


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