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2018 Lexus LS500 F Sport review

Lexus turned the luxury car market on its head with the original LS limousine. Three decades later, it's made another potential world-beater.

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2018 Lexus LS500 Sports Luxury review
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2018 Lexus LS500 Sports Luxury review

Lexus once again takes aim at the top end of town with its new LS500 flagship sedan, with a new platform, new engine, and incredibly detailed handcrafted interior that puts its German competitors on notice.


2018 Audi A8 pricing and specs
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2018 Audi A8 pricing and specs

Audi has released pricing and preliminary specifications for its flagship A8 sedan, set to kick off at $192,000 before on-road costs when it touches down in July. The range will kick off with the 50TDI quattro, a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel making 210kW of power and 600Nm of torque. Sitting above the 50TDI is the 55TFSI quattro, packing 250kW and 500Nm from its petrol 3...


CarAdvice podcast 98: Three-up in the BMW M140i for 700km!
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CarAdvice podcast 98: Three-up in the BMW M140i for 700km!

Mike Costello and Mike Stevens join Mandy Turner this week. In car news, the Ford Focus has been revealed, along with the Audi A6 Avant. Also, pricing and details have been released for the Lexus LS and Ford Ranger Raptor. Plus, the BMW M2 Competition has been leaked, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is headed Down Under...


2018 Lexus LS review
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2018 Lexus LS review

Lexus's new flagship sedan embraces its Japanese heritage, while offering plushness and comfort inside that very, very few rivals can touch.


2018 Lexus LS pricing and specs
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2018 Lexus LS pricing and specs

Australian pricing and specifications for the 2018 Lexus LS range have been announced this week, with the all-new limousine to kick off from $190,500 before on-road costs. Offered in two trim levels and with two powertrain choices, the Lexus LS starts just under $5000 dearer than its predecessor, while also dropping all forms of V8 power from the line-up in favour of two V6 options...


2018 Lexus LS: Interior works of art
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2018 Lexus LS: Interior works of art

The new Lexus LS hasn't quite made it to Australia yet, but that hasn't stopped the Japanese marque from showcasing the intricate pieces and trims that are available for the limousine's plush interior ahead of its local launch in April. Headlining the interior is the availability of beautiful moulded glass panels inspired by Japanese kiriko glass, contrasting with stitched leather upholstery, metal door handles and hand-pleated silk surfaces...


Toyota reveals new autonomous prototype for CES
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Toyota reveals new autonomous prototype for CES

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has revealed its new-generation autonomous prototype for this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), dubbed Platform 3.0. Based on the previous-generation Lexus LS600h L, the new driverless vehicle platform features a better integration of autonomous driving systems into the car's design, along with greater capabilities over previous prototypes...


Lexus LS+ Concept launched in Tokyo
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Lexus LS+ Concept launched in Tokyo

Lexus has whipped the covers off the LS+ Concept at the 2017 Tokyo motor show, providing a peek at how the Japanese marque envisions its luxury flagship of the future. Central to the concept is a suite of autonomous driving systems, designed to deal with driving from “entrance ramp to exit ramp on motor-vehicle-only roadways”...


New Lexus styling is 'deep simplicity', but no cookie-cutter
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New Lexus styling is 'deep simplicity', but no cookie-cutter

Speaking at the international launch of the fifth-generation Lexus LS sedan, Koichi Suga, the car's chief designer, laid out the design philosophy that will be seen on the next crop of vehicles from Toyota's luxury marque. In addition to being in charge of the LS's exterior design, Suga oversees the chief designers working on upcoming Lexus vehicles...


2018 Lexus LS review
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2018 Lexus LS review

The Lexus LS is the car that started it all for the Japanese luxury brand. Now, with the fifth-generation, Lexus is banking that it has designed another game-changer.


2018 Lexus LS: Australian details
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2018 Lexus LS: Australian details

Some key details about the local version of fifth-generation Lexus LS were revealed at the car's international launch this week. The new LS will arrive in Australian showrooms from April 2018 with two drivetrain options: the LS500 with a new 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6, and the LS500h with the same Multi-Stage Hybrid setup we first saw in the LC coupe...


2018 Lexus LS350 debuts in China, not for Australia - UPDATE
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2018 Lexus LS350 debuts in China, not for Australia - UPDATE

The 2018 Lexus LS350 has quietly broken cover this week, debuting at the Shenzen-Hong Kong-Macao international auto show in China. While there's no official press release from the Japanese marque, yet, the LS350 will be powered by the same 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine found in other Lexus 350 models, such as the smaller GS350...


2017 Lexus LS600h F-Sport review
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2017 Lexus LS600h F-Sport review

The LS has always been the Lexus flagship, and at one time was right at the head of the luxury sedan queue. The game has changed though and the current LS has been around for a long time.


2018 Lexus LS F-Sport unveiled ahead of New York show
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2018 Lexus LS F-Sport unveiled ahead of New York show

The new Lexus LS F-Sport has been unveiled and detailed ahead of its in-the-flesh debut at the New York motor show. Available on both the LS500 and the hybrid LS500h, the F-Sport package has styling updates, including a new pattern for the grille and faux air intakes, and a new side sill design...


2018 Lexus LS F-Sport package to debut in New York
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2018 Lexus LS F-Sport package to debut in New York

The next-generation Lexus LS500 F-Sport will make its global debut at the New York motor show next week. According to Lexus, both the LS500 and LS500h will be available in F-Sport trim, although it seems as though only the LS500 F-Sport will step out in the Big Apple...


2018 Lexus LS500h revealed
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2018 Lexus LS500h revealed

The Lexus LS500h, the second variant in the fifth-generation LS range, has been unveiled at the 2017 Geneva motor show. Unsurprisingly, the LS500h shares its hybrid drivetrain with the closely related LC500h coupe. Both models feature a new Multi-Stage Hybrid drivetrain with 264kW of total system power that uses a traditional automatic transmission instead of the company's usual e-CVT setup...


Lexus LS500h confirmed for Geneva
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Lexus LS500h confirmed for Geneva

The new Lexus LC500h, hybridised companion to the twin-turbo V6 limousine revealed in Detroit last month, will make its global debut at March's Geneva motor show. That, however, is the extent of the information Lexus is releasing at this stage, so it remains to be seen which powertrain will drive the new LC500h...


2018 Lexus LS500, VW Buzz concept given EyesOn Design awards in Detroit
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2018 Lexus LS500, VW Buzz concept given EyesOn Design awards in Detroit

The recently-revealed 2018 Lexus LS500 limousine has been given the title of best interior design as part of the EyesOn Design Awards at the 2017 Detroit motor show. Designed by the Lexus Design Division in Toyota City, Japan, the LS500 is the fifth generation of the luxury marque's flagship sedan and was designed to "exceed expectations" of the company's customers...


2018 Lexus LS: Where's the hybrid Lexus is so known for?
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2018 Lexus LS: Where's the hybrid Lexus is so known for?

This week's big unveiling of the all-new 2018 Lexus LS, six years in the making, debuted a new evolution of the company's styling themes, all riding on a stretched version of the platform that underpins the new LC coupe. Lexus's showcasing of the new LS brought an additional surprise, however: a new twin-turbo 310kW, 600Nm V6 petrol engine...