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  • Alexander Mitich

2021 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT - Lexus' Flagship Sedan Gets F'd

The Lexus LS is a luxury sedan, segment F, manufactured by Lexus since 1989, so it is one of the "older" vehicles of the Japanese company. The fifth generation is currently being marketed, presented in 2017 and updated in 2020. The initials, LS, perfectly define the philosophy of the "Luxury Sedan" model. The Lexus LS is manufactured at Toyota 's plant in Tahara, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

Among the cars that aspire to rival the Lexus LS, we find other luxury sedans such as the Audi A8 , the BMW 7 Series , or the Mercedes S-Class.

The fifth generation of the Lexus LS came with a very modern aesthetic , with a sharper grille, house brand, and Lexus hallmark, a lot of technology, and great mechanical innovations. One of the most important evolutions of the Lexus LS has been the use of a lighter platform and construction, reducing its weight by 90 kilograms, a desirable goal in a full-size luxury sedan that has grown, is longer, lower , and wider than its predecessor.

This luxury sedan is available with two bodies , the short wheelbase and the long wheelbase, the Lexus 500h L. It only has a hybrid engine in its range. The 2021 update only slightly changed the aesthetics of the sedan, with minor changes to the headlights and LED lights, as well as a minor redesign of the bumpers.

As for the interior of the Lexus LS, luxury is combined with sobriety and the technological touch that Lexus usually always brings to its products. The image is characterized by the contrast between that elegance and the high quality of the materials used with the large screens that make up the fully digital instrument panel and the 12.3" multimedia system. The latter adds touch control, a more ergonomic design and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility .

As for the implemented systems, the operation has been polished in terms of active cruise control , pre-collision alert, steering and maneuvering assistance, environment monitoring, etc. In addition, the fully automatic parking assistant was included and it was confirmed that the software was introduced so that some functions can be updated or implemented in the future.

This version has a combination of an electric motor and a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine, which in combined mode makes it reach 359 hp, with the thermal engine delivering 299 hp and the electric 179 hp. It is a powerful mechanic, and a fast sedan, although its focus is more on luxury and comfort, than on sportsmanship. To provide a very representative figure, practice the 0 to 60mph / h in 5.5 seconds.

This hybrid mechanics has lithium batteries, lighter, and with greater capacity than those used in other hybrids, nickel. Let us remember that this hybrid, like others from Lexus and Toyota , has an Atkinson cycle combustion engine and an electric motor connected to the transmission.

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