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How does the 2018 Lexus LS compare against German premium sedans?

When the latest Lexus LS flagship sedan was unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, it managed to turn several heads and capture the attention of the world. With its stunning looks and premium specs, the new Lexus LS 500 is expected to revolutionize anew the luxury vehicle sector, just like what the first LS managed to do decades ago.

But how would the new Lexus LS sedan stack up against comparably sized Germany rivals in the luxury segment, like the BMW 740i, Mercedes-Benz S550 and the Audi A8 L 3.0T?

So, our verdict? While the Lexus LS 500 seems to be a good proposition, its price has yet to be announced and its performance is still as good as printed in a paper. For now, the LS 500 wins, until we could really try being behind the wheels of all of these premium sedans.

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New Lexus LS+ Concept previews future design and technologies for the flagship sedan

Lexus stunned the motoring world in January this year when it unveiled the fifth generation of its Lexus LS flagship sedan (2018 model year) at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show. Around nine months forward, Lexus is unveiling a more futuristic yet achievable concept version of the LS luxury sedan – laden with a wide array of technological elements – at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan.

Introducing the Lexus LS+ Concept, a study of flagship’s future form as loaded with state-of-the-art technologies. As Lexus sees the new LS+ Concept, this study was developed to symbolize its vision for the future, especially when it is fitted with automated driving technologies that the luxury carmaker plans to apply in its flagship sedan by the end of the decade (2020).

In terms of design, the LS+ Concept is derived from the latest generation of the Lexus LS flagship sedan, particularly with regards to its shape. However, compared to the 2018 LS sedan, the LS+ Concept comes with a more futuristic front and rear ends. After all, the LS+ Concept provides a glimpse into the new design direction of the next generation of Lexus vehicles, as derived from the brand’s L-finesse*3 design philosophy.

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Audi Aicon and Elaine concepts will join the A8 at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

As I write this, there leaves no doubt in my mind that the new Audi A8 (D5) is going to be one of the hottest stars at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The full size luxury sedan comes with a number of autonomous driving system meeting level 3 requirements. Already, the A8 sounds quite awesome, but it will be joined by two other concept that are even more high tech - one with level 4 capabilities and another one with a level 5 status, sans the steering wheel and pedals.

The first concept, with level 4 capabilities, will have a coupe-SUV shape based on the E-Tron Sportback concept that we first witnessed at this year’s Auto Shanghai. It will still come with the same dimensions of 4.9 feet in length (16.1 feet), that carries three electric motors delivering a combined output of 496 horsepower (370 kilowatts). This concept enables the car to drive at speeds of 81 miles per hour (130 kph) on the highway, and it can even change lanes automatically without the help of a human being.

The even more advanced concept, on the other hand, will have the shape of a large car (D segment) with at least four electric motors. Naturally, we would expect a lot of power from this, and the automakers say that these will have a battery pack with enough power for 435 to 497 miles (700 to 800 kilometers) and Audi. They also said that the model will feature a “spectacular and groundbreaking” design both on the exterior and the interior.

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Photo Gallery: The new Audi A8 (D5) is very much different from the older model (D4)

The 2018 Audi A8 is no doubt one of the more significant models that made its debut this year, and it is quickly becoming a favourite. Not only is it loaded with cool new features, it makes sure that the passengers are comfortable, entertained, and safe.

So that’s basically it for the new Audi A8. It definitely has a lot more to give compared to the third-generation model - physically and technologically.

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After teasing the public for months with photos and videos of its new flagship model, Audi has finally unveiled the fourth generation of the brand’s flagship model -- the 2018 Audi A8 (D5). As introduced, the A8 is a luxury sedan. Nonetheless, it would not hurt to imagine other versions of the A8 sedan, namely as A8 Coupe, A8 Avant, S8 and RS8.

Definitely, it is a struggle to imagine how the new generation of the Audi A8 Sedan would look like when interpreted in other forms. However, thanks to a certain visual designer who goes by the name of X-Tomi Design, fans and enthusiasts don’t need to use their imagination so hard. After all, X-Tomi has made it much easier to visualize how good-looking the A8 would be if created as other vehicle types by rendering the sedan as a coupe, a full-size wagon (Avant) or as high-performance sporty models.

In its coupe form, the Audi A8 – using X-Tomi’s render -- would definitely look spectacular. Interestingly, the A8 Coupe by X-Tomi looks familiar; its styling was similar to the Audi Prologue concept that was unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. This was all expected, as after all, the new design language that made its debut on the new Audi A8 sedan was actually born out of the Audi Prologue concept, a design study in the form of a coupe. While a coupe version of the A8 really looks impressive, there have been indications that the Audi Prologue Concept is a preview of the upcoming A9 flagship. Nevertheless, an A8 coupe is also a welcomed proposition, if there would be one.

Read the entire article New generation Audi A8 sedan rendered as Coupe, Avant, S8 and RS8

Audi A8 (D5) is the talk of the town now - from its Spiderman: Homecoming cameo, its official debut from a couple of days ago, to all the sick features it has got including the new relaxation seats and the laser lights. Now people are wondering whether the A8 will get an RS8 version. For now, we don’t think it will, but it won’t hurt to imagine one.

The first thing PeisertDesign did was to give the A8 a huge black single frame grille with honeycomb pattern on the front fascia. The bumpers on both ends were given a more aggressive style element. On the rear end is a new diffuser that gets the oval RS tailpipes. Larger, blacked out wheels replace the standard set. What completes the overall exterior are the carbon fiber roof that contrasts the green body paint, not to mention the badges on the front and the rear.

As usual, we won’t know what will be on the inside of the Audi RS8, because PeisertDesign has only rendered the exterior. And for the engine, it will probably be equipped with the a 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 developed by Porsche, or it could be a 6.0 liter that can generate 700 bhp.

Read the entire article Rendering of Audi RS8 (D5) explores how it could rival Mercedes-AMG S65

Audi has just introduced its new flagship model -- the 2018 Audi A8 (D5) – following a slew of teaser photos and short videos in the past few months. Aside from its gasoline (petrol) and diesel versions, the new Audi A8 flagship will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) – as the A8 L e-tron quattro -- but a later date. But as to when the PHEV would arrive in the United States, it is reportedly going state-side not this year or in 2018, but sometime early 2019.

According to a report from InsideEVs, a spokesperson from Audi disclosed that the A8 L e-tron quattro is likely to be available to US clients in 2019, although an official decision over the matter has yet to be made, or to be disclosed. As expected, the A8 L e-tron quattro would have its debut in Europe in the middle of 2018. Audi also intends to sell the plug-in hybrid version of its new flagship model in the Far East, particularly in China, at around the same time as in the US (2019).

As Audi announced, the German premium carmaker will initially offer the new A8 two extensively reengineered turbocharged V6 engines – a 3.0-liter TFSI gasoline mill and a 3.0-liter TDI diesel unit. The 3.0 TFSI V6 engine is tuned to deliver 460 hp (338 kW) while the 3.0 TDI mill is engineered to generate 435 hp (210 kW). These V6 engines will be followed soon by two eight-cylinder units: a 4.0 TFSI gasoline engine that delivers 460 hp (338 kW) and a 4.0 TDI diesel unit that generates 435 hp (320 kW). Topping the range is a 6.0-liter W12 mill. All of these engines will be complemented by a mild hybrid technology, an extended start/stop function and an energy recovery output.

Read the entire article Audi A8 L (D5) e-tron may arrive in the United States as early as 2019

Audi's new flagship model is finally here: the 2018 Audi A8 (D5). In the past couple of months, the company has continuously teased us with photos and short videos of the A8 and what features it will be offering. Other than the teasers, it even made an appearance in the latest Spiderman: Homecoming movie.

Well, today is the day, and we have got all the specs from Audi. At first glance, it doesn't look very different from its predecessor. But don’t fret as its new features inside are certain to blow you away. Overall, the 2018 model year is larger than it was before, and it comes in 12 new colours - and 3 of those are new.

On the exterior, the first thing that one will notice is the single frame grille, and the new lasers within the HD Matrix LED high-beam headlamps. This new system doubles the range of the lights at speeds of over 43 mph.

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Even as the Audi Summit is about to take place in Barcelona next week, the company decided to tease us even more with the upcoming A8 (D5) flagship. But then again, Audi has been very generous with providing hints about what everyone has been eagerly waiting for.

Though they haven’t revealed everything about it yet, it’s quite obvious that the company isn’t trying to hide the A8 from us. Aside from all the official videos the automaker produced, the car is also soon going to be a Hollywood star, alongside Spidey in Marvel’s latest Spider-Man: Homecoming movie.

The company has revealed a backlit photo of the car showing its profile and some exterior details. There are two very visible lines that remind us of the Prologue concept, while the LED lights are looking very sharp. Other than that, it doesn’t really show anything that we don’t know about yet.

Read the entire article 2018 Audi A8 (D5) teasers reveal flagship’s silhouette, more details released

As the premiere day of the Audi A8 (D5) comes closer, the company again gives us another preview of the luxury sedan’s new features before we see it in person in Barcelona on July 11. In this preview, Audi reveals that the range topper will feature an active suspension system that has the ability to sense bumps ahead and automatically adjusts its suspension, for a smoother ride overall.

You might be wondering how that works. Well, there is a front-mounted camera which enables the car to scan the road 18 times per second, and once the information has been sent to the suspension, it automatically pre-sets itself - the driver doesn’t even have to do anything.

The A8’s new feature will completely get rid of any “vibrations and jolts” and the company is very confident about the efficacy of this particular feature. The system is quick enough to react to the information that will be obtained by the camera once it sees a bump on the road, the suspension’s actuators will be programmed to provide the perfect amount of travel to actively control the electromechanical suspension system before hitting the uneven road.

Read the entire article 2018 Audi A8 (D5) features active suspension that scans street conditions and adjusts automatically

Before the end of April, Lexus filed for a trademark with the name “LS-FC Concept” that’s for use on “automobiles and structural parts thereof”.

Does this mean that we will finally see the rumored hydrogen-fueled LS model? It has been years since the rumour started. We had learned that an LS model is soon to make its debut after the launch of the LF-FC concept, which was supposed to be a preview of the next-generation LS.

If the rumours are true, then the LS would use a variant of the Toyota Mirai powertrain, with an all-wheel drive that has four separate electric motors powering each corner. The company hasn’t been sharing details regarding this issue just yet.

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This one takes the cake for the ultimate customer service. A centenarian treats himself for hitting the 100 year mark by purchasing a £100k Lexus. Upon hearing of the purchase, Lexus decided to make the celebration a bit more special, by customizing the luxury car the centenarian will never forget.

Who is the gentleman in question? He is Barry High OBE who hails from Blockley and is duly recognized as a loyal customer to the Japanese automaker.

Barry High joined the Royal Engineers in the Army when he left school, and by the time the World War 2 concluded, he has risen up to the rank of Major. Afterwards his main trade was construction. He reportedly bought as many as 25 automobiles from Lexus Cheltenham for the last 16 years. On his birthday, Sir Barry decided to make his birthday a tad extraordinary and went to his all time favourite vehicle manufacturer and immediately ordered a £100,00 (around $128,000) Lexus LS 600h L , cause why not?

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Japanese automaker Lexus recently unveiled its all new flagship sedan, the 2018 LS 500. The eye candy vehicle made its debut in Detroit and will be followed by the hybrid LS 500h in Geneva Auto Show. Geared for unveiling in New York will be the next level LS 500 F Sport treatment that allegedly boasts of modified design from its predecessor, chassis tuning and more stopping power.

Since its debut 30 years ago, the Lexus LS has stood out from its rival thanks to its power and ride qualities, making it the smoothest and the quietest in the global market. However, the Lexus LS 500 F Sport isn't made to be the most performance conforming vehicle coming from Lexus- unlike the F models that are the GS F and RC F.

The F Sport is more of a middle ground performer between Lexus cars and the F models. But don't be fooled as this sports car also packs a punch. Lexus' F sport packages are made for regular units and offers sharper handling aside from ensuring utmost comfort for the driver and its passengers.

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Lexus once again intensifies its product portfolio with a new LS F Sport –shortly after coming out with an all-new LS 500 and LS 500h at this year’s auto shows. Basically, this new Lexus are for those who want to get more punch and depth to the usual LS 500 sedan.

The 2018 Lexus LS F Sport will ride on the brand’s premium GA-L platform (Lexus’ global architecture for luxury vehicles). At the very least, the Japanese brand is expecting the LS F Sport to benefit from the GA-L’s responsive and agile performance, while keeping the same cabin quietness and smooth ride that are synonymous to all LS models.

It can be recalled that Lexus made a promise to bring the most engaging driving experience on the new LS sedan. The GA-L platform, after all, happens to have the stiffest chassis it has ever developed in years.

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On July 11, Audi is set to reveal its flagship luxury sedan, the all new A8. And at this moment, none of us are sure how this model will look. But we get a good idea of what it will be thanks to Jan Peisert who renders the design of the new Audi A8 (D5) based on the leaked illustration and spy shots of the latest prototype as it goes through its testing stage. As seen on the rendering, the fourth generation Audi A8 has design elements from recently launched concepts and designs by the company. To be specific, it has similarities with the latest TT coupe, the new SQ5 crossover, and the Prologue Avant concept - like bits and pieces of these cars combined.

To give you more details, it’s like a flashback of 2014’s Prologue Concept, a large sports coupe, that had a very angular and sharp face. Though we feel like the A8 was inspired by this concept, it will be a more conservative, toned down version of the concept’s eye catching exterior design - since this might sell better in the market. As for the interior, we have no word on that yet.

Apart from having a semi-autonomous driving mode that is derived from Audi’s Piloted Driving technology, sources say that this car will have more high tech features. One of them would be the self-parking feature, while another is the self-driving function that lets the car drive itself from 0 to 37 miles per hour. It will also come with special control units that will prepare the car for future developments of the autonomous driving software.

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During the Audi Summit in Barcelona, Spain this coming July, the all new Audi A8 (D5) luxury saloon will make a publicity stunt. And according to reports, it will make its second appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show, in autumn 2017.

Looking more stylish than ever, the 4th generation Audi A8 will have a sharper, more chiseled look, inspired by the Audi Prologue Concept series, which everybody loved because of its elegance. If we are lucky enough, the A8 may even share qualities of the Prologue like the concave windscreen and a simple, minimalist interior, with its technology hidden behind screens. The A8 will be having a slightly larger footprint as well.

The A8 will be having plenty of automatic features like the Traffic Jam Assist (an updated version) - which basically lets the car just glide along with the speed of the other cars, at a maximum speed of 60 kilometers per hour during heavy traffic, without any input from the driver. Luckily for the driver, he or she will not have to dread about having to step on the brake pads every couple of seconds.

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Ingolstadt’s design honcho Marc Lichte recently had a talk with L’argus, a French online publication concerning Audi’s new premium models. Surprisingly, this brief conversation leads up to reveal not just a few details but also the official sketches of their new lineup. What you’re seeing right now are the designs of the A6 Sedan, A7 Sportback and the all-new Audi A8. Well, there’s no better way to compare each new model than having them side by side, is there?

While flipping through these drawings ourselves, we thought they all seem to look the same. Except maybe for the new A7--- which bears the sportiest design of the three new sedans. But as we gazed more closely at every detail, we determined how each one is very different from the other. That’s when we noticed how Audi’s new single-frame grille comes with different characteristics.

Since the A6 sedan has relatively smaller configuration, its bumper grille also has a design of its own. Comparatively, the creases along the hood provide the A7 with a sportier look while it seems rather more aggressive on the A8’s fuller body.

Read the entire article Official sketches of the next-generation Audi A6, A7 and A8 finally revealed

Lexus stunned the audience at the 2017 North American International Auto Show with its fifth-generation 2018 Lexus LS flagship sedan. The new generation of Lexus’ flagship sedan raised the bar of what a luxury vehicle should be – challenging the norm with its exquisite design, new levels of interior values and outstanding performance elements.

The Lexus LS unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show was the LS 500, which has at its core a new 3.5-liter V6 engine with Formula One-derived twin turbochargers. This new engine is touted to be more powerful than the V8 powerplant seen in the fourth-gen LS sedan, yet it remains fuel-efficient with minimized levels of vibration. This new V6 engine is tuned to develop 415 hp of max output and 442 lb.-ft. of peak torque, with power sent to the rear wheels or to all four wheels through a 10-speed automatic gearbox.

Now, Lexus is taking this level of efficiency to a whole new level – by offering a new hybrid version of its LS flagship sedan. No, Lexus hasn’t unveiled the hybridized LS sedan, bound to be called as the LS 500h. However, speculating on overall design and powertrain of the LS 500h should be easy, given the availability of information existing on the new generation of Lexus vehicles.

Read the entire article Lexus to unveil LS 500h hybrid premium sedan at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

The kingdom of Lexus’ premium luxury is now in the hands of fifth-generation royalty. Lexus has introduced the latest representation of its finest qualities – the first generation of the LS flagship sedan – at the 2017 North American International Auto Show.

Just like the original LS premium sedan, the fifth-gen 2018 Lexus LS flagship challenges the norm not only with its exquisite design but also by offering whole new levels of interior values and performance elements. In short, the fifth-gen flagship sedan raises the bar on what a luxury vehicle should be.

Making all of these possible is Lexus’ all-new global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA–L), which was first seen on the new generation 2017 Lexus LC 500 coupe. During the development of the LC 500, the Japanese premium carmaker made sure that is not just about creating a new coupe, and is building the start of a new phase for the brand, reflecting the shift in terms of design principles and the engineering methods.

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When Lexus unveiled the 2017 LC 500 luxury coupe at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, Toyota’ premium brand was able to prove that its boring days are over. The same could also be said for the upcoming 2018 Lexus LS flagship luxury sedan which is set to be unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show as the new fifth generation model.

Actually, the new generation of Lexus’ flagship luxury sedan was previewed at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show by the LF-FC concept. This concept highlights a new styling theme that exemplifies Lexus’ L-finesse design philosophy and offers a glimpse into the new design and technology direction of its future flagship sedan. At the front, the LF-FC concept features an evolved version of Lexus' signature grille with a new mesh design as well as floating "L-shaped" daytime running lights (DRL) that extrude from the front fenders. Meanwhile, the concept car’s rear features new taillights with the same floating theme as the DRL on the front. When viewed from the sides, the Lexus LF-FC concept features a roofline flowing from front to rear just like that of a four-door coupe.

While we can expect that the new 2018 Lexus LS luxury sedan would adopt several design elements from the Lexus LF-FC concept, we could also expect changes or a further evolution of the design. The front end of the new LS sedan could very well look like that of the 2017 Lexus LC 500 luxury coupe, especially with its headlights and daytime running lights.

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