Australian pricing and specifications for the2018 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.

For the first time, turbo power will feature in the form of the LS500’s 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 (though it displaces exactly 3444cc), which develops a meaty310kW of power at 6000rpm, and600Nm of torque between 1600 and 4800 rpm. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission.

2018 Lexus LS pricing and specs

The LS500 claims a 0-100km/h time of 5.0 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 250km/h.

Meanwhile, the usual hybrid option comes in the form of the LS500h, which features a naturally-aspirated 220kW/350Nm 3.5-litre V6 teamed with a 132kW/300Nm electric motor, making for a combined power output of264kW – though a combined torque figure isn’t quoted.

Drive is sent to the ground via a multi-stage hybrid transmission that mimics a 10-speed auto.

Despite being down on power compared to its petrol-only equivalent, the LS500h still manages the benchmark sprint in a respectable5.4 seconds on its way to a250km/h top whack.

2018 Lexus LS pricing and specs

Kicking off the two-tier range is theF Sport ($190,500) which is the same price regardless of powertrain chosen.

Equipment highlights include 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 245/45 front and 275/40 rear run-flat tyres, adaptive air suspension, dual-zone climate control, four-wheel steering, keyless entry and start, three 12V power sockets, sports seats trimmed in smooth leather, 28-way power/pneumatic adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, along with aluminium sports pedals.

There’s also an 8.0-inch TFT driver’s display, a 12.3-inch infotainment system, head-up display, four USB ports, a 23-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system, tri-LED headlights with adaptive high-beam and scrolling indicators, LED daytime-running lights, cornering lights, heated auto-dimming and auto-folding exterior mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, and an automatic bootlid.

Safety is covered by the Lexus Safety System+ suite, which includes all-speed adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and lane-keep assist. All variants also feature blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, tyre pressure monitoring, and a pop-up bonnet.

2018 Lexus LS pricing and specs

TheSports Luxury ($195,900), meanwhile, adds four-zone climate control, 22-way adjustable rear seats with passenger-side ottoman, massaging function for the front and passenger-side rear seats, semi-aniline leather upholstery, a rear entertainment system with dual 11.6-inch displays, and different 20-inch wheels with noise-dissipating technology.

Other additions include power sunshades for the rear, rear-side and quarter-light windows, and several unique hand-crafted interior ornamentation options – four of which command a $9880 premium.

It’s worth noting the Sports Luxury grade drops the F Sport’s four-wheel steering and active stabiliser bars, jet black exterior highlights and black brake calipers with Lexus badging.

2018 Lexus LS pricing and specs

As part of the launch, Lexus has also announced a new 10-year complimentary roadside assistance program for LS owners.

The Lexus LS500 and LS500h are on sale now. Click the photos tab for more images


2018 Lexus LS pricing

  • F Sport – $190,500
  • Sports Luxury – $195,500
  • Options

    • Kiriko glass/Redgrain/laser-cut ornamentation (Sports Luxury) – $9880

    All prices exclude on-road costs


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