2018 Lexus LS 500 twin-turbo review

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Not only does the latest Lexus LS 500 debut a brand new twin-turbo V6 engine that could make its way over into other Lexus models in the future, it also resets the brand’s benchmarks in terms of award-winning interior design and attention to detail.

Two main variants of the new LS are offered in Australia. You have the LS 500 as we’re testing here, featuring a fresh 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 producing 310kW and 600Nm, paired to an equally-recent 10-speed automatic transmission with rear-wheel drive.

Being a product of Lexus there’s also a hybrid version like with all showroom models (except the LX), and it’s called the LS 500h. It comes with a 3.5-litre non-turbo V6 that’s meshed with an electric motor assist system, producing a combined output of 264kW. Unlike the LS 500, the 500h uses a CVT automatic 10-speed hybrid transmission.

You can split these two further with the F Sport pack or the Sports Luxury pack. These provide a set of distinct trimmings and features to suit the character. Here we’re testing the Sports Luxury. Prices start at $190,500 for the F Sport and from $195,500 for the Sports Luxury, with either powertrain (excluding on-road costs).

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