The updated Lexus LS 500 has made its debut in South Africa, with the local arm of the Japanese luxury motor manufacturer revealing pricing for the facelifted LS 500 Luxury and LS 500 F Sport versions of its flagship saloon. See pricing below…

Lexus LS 500
LS 500 F Sport (right) distinguished by myriad model-specific trim items.

The most notable revision to the cabin, the updated LS has adopted a 12,3-inch infotainment display, which now offers touch functionality. An electrochromatic rear-view mirror, which features a high-resolution display for improved visibility, can also be found inside.

The LS range offers a comprehensive suite of safety systems, including semi-automated driving technologies. As standard, the LS features, high-speed dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert and lane keep assist, a pre-crash system, and LED-BladeScan adaptive high-beam tech. 10 airbags are included.

Lexus LS 500
12,3-inch display now features touch functionality.

The LS twins are powered by Lexus’ 3,5-litre V6 petrol engine, specifically designed for the LS. The twin-turbocharged unit directs 310 kW and 600 N.m of torque, the latter on offer at 6 000 r/min, to the rear axle through a 10-speed torque converter transmission. The automatic transmission, Lexus says, offers improved shift timing and a wider acceleration range for each gear, resulting in less-frequent downshifts and improved refinement.

Lexus LS 500
3,5-litre V6 engine delivers 310 kW and 600 N.m to the rear wheels.

Thanks to the revisions made to the 10-speed self-shifter and engine (the V6 now boasts an “optimised” stroke-to-bore ratio), Lexus says the LS has a “projected” zero to 100 km/h acceleration time of 5,0 seconds. Maximum speed is electronically governed to 250 km/h.

As standard, all Lexus LS models are sold with a seven-year/105 000 km warranty and maintenance plan.

Lexus LS line-up:

Lexus LS 500 Luxury:   R2 204 200

Lexus LS 500 F Sport:   R2 397 900