Lexus used the Detroit Auto Show to reveal the new LS. The flagship sedan carries on the garish spindle grille, adding in other styling elements to make the car look sufficiently pissed off. I guess that makes sense, since this thing is entering a cage match with the new S-Class, 7 Series and others.
One of the biggest changes is the absence of a big V-8 engine. It really shouldn’t shock anyone, because V-8s are becoming rare these days. Instead, a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 hammers out 415 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s actually quite a bit more than the old V-8, but we’ll see how refined the change feels. Lexus says 0-60 takes 4.5 seconds. A 10-speed automatic is standard.
The new sedan rides on an extended version of the platform for the LC 500 coupe. Overall, the car is longer, wider and lower to the ground than the previous generation. Lexus claims handling is superb, thanks to a highly rigid chassis. Again, we’ll see about that.
Of course, the LS is loaded with futuristic technologies mere peasants will only dream of using one day. One example is how it will drive around commoners who errantly step in its way, rather than mowing them down. The air suspension automatically adjusts to a lower setting after all the doors close. Drivers reference a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, plus a massive 24-inch color HUD, so they can say their screen is bigger than everyone else’s.