The all-new Lexus LS (2017 North American International Auto Show)
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2017 North American International Auto Show: Lexus introduces first turbo-equipped LS

On January 9, Lexus launched its all-new LS at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in the U.S. The gasoline model features the first-ever turbo engine for the LS series.

This all-new gasoline LS is the Lexus LS500, which succeeds the current LS460.

The LS500 comes loaded with a newly developed direct injection 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo gasoline engine. While being downsized to 3,445cc, the LS500 has been supercharged with two turbos. The North American LS500 generates 421ps/5,200-6,000rpm of maximum output and 61kgm/4,800rpm of maximum torque.

The 4.6-liter naturally aspirated V8 gasoline engine on the current LS460 offers 392ps/6,400rpm of maximum output and 51kgm/4,100rpm of maximum torque. Despite its two cylinders and downsizing of over 1.0 liters, the new LS500 offers increases of 30ps and 10kgm in maximum output and maximum torque, respectively.

According to Lexus, “The LS500 provides an overwhelmingly quiet ride and exhilarating acceleration with flat torque control. Moreover, its 10-speed automatic transmission enhances its already exceptional environmental performance, comfort and transmission.”

(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)