Lexus LS: Fourth Generation

Car & Driver Preview: 2018 Lexus LS 500 First Drive


Car & Driver travelled to Japan for an advance preview of the fifth-generation Lexus LS 500 — the resulting article is an awkward read overall, but it does include the first journalist drive of the new flagship sedan (however brief):

Our preview of the Lexus LS included a short drive of some early engineering mules. Engineers were still finalizing powertrain ­calibrations, so we can’t comment on the twin-turbo six at this time. But with the optional air springs, the ride is excellent, and the rear-wheel steering helps the LS feel surprisingly nimble without compromising straight-line stability. The steering is satisfyingly hefty and the brake pedal progressive. The original LS won the first comparison test we threw it into in 1989; we’ll find out in another year or so if its latest descendant can repeat that feat.

Beyond that, the article is clever for the sake of being clever — one redeeming feature is the accompanying photo gallery :