2018 Lexus LS500 F Sport review

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The other side of the dynamic coin is active safety, which is covered by the Lexus Safety System+ suite, comprising 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.

As we flagged at the launch, it’s not quite the Level 3 Autonomy-enabled Audi A8, and this suite also trails the BMW/’Benz set-ups, let alone Tesla’s Auto Pilot.

While there’s the option of a hybrid engine, the car we drove came with a brand new twin-turbo V6 engine, developed in tandem with the car, and matched to a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

The unit makes 310kW of power at 6000rpm and 600Nm of torque from 1600–4800rpm, up 25kW/107Nm over the old car’s 4.6-litre naturally aspirated V8, while being 11 per cent better on fuel.

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