354hp newborn LS 500h Hybrid has made its world debut. Here’s what you need to know
All hail the flagship of all flagships for Lexus
Lexus has confirmed that the full hybrid uses the same Multi-Stage Hybrid System powertrain as in the new LC 500h Coupe. That’s right, planted under the hood is a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine paired with two electric motors and a “four-stage shift” CVT transmission. According to Lexus, this means the added gearbox helps emulate the feel of the 10-speed gearbox found in the recent LS 500 and results in a more precise steering response.
Yeah, it looks aggressive
It looks aggressive because it is aggressive. In fact, as a rival of the BMW 7 Series, you expect no less even when design is concerned. The iconic Lexus grille dominates its angular face and its muscular side profile has a wheelbase stretched to 3,125mm. But more importantly, the new sedan gets an extended version of the new Lexus Global Architecture – Luxury (GA-L) platform underpinning the new LC Coupe – providing enhanced stability with its lower centre of gravity.
And that’s not all. It gets Lexus Safety System+, with a brand new advanced safety function
The new function comprises of a range of active systems available to the driver preventing any accidents from occurring. Here’s how it works. The system combines information from omnidirectional sensors around the vehicle, including stereo cameras, monitoring all operating situations from parking manoeuvres to collision avoidance. The LS 500h is also equipped with 14 airbags.
Overall, it’s got the power
Together, the V6 along with the motors are sufficient for 354hp. And that means a zero to 100km/h time of 5.4 seconds is somewhat less than the 4.5-second time the ‘regular’ LS 500 manages with its 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6. Now, that’s pretty impressive. Thoughts?