When investing in a flagship sedan you are investing in yourself and your image and therefore your sedan should be a well-deserved joy to drive and award for your hard work. The LS is an iconic vehicle that has set the tone for luxury since the first-generation LS debuted in 1989 with the monumental goal to shape the Lexus brand.
The 2021 Lexus LS is building on the success of the all-new LS that launched in 2018, adding additional refinement and technology to an already fabulous dynamic package. The LS, like all Lexus vehicles, relies on core principles of the brand such as Takumi craftsmanship – the meticulous artisanship to its construction, and Omotenashi, – the anticipatory hospitality that caters to a guest’s needs before they need them.
This new LS incorporates a new philosophical change to its design known as the Lexus Driving Signature, which looks to set a new standard for vehicle development and refinement moving forward. “The LS, as a flagship, has constantly pursued innovation and has provided new technologies and value for its customers,” said Lexus International President Koji Sato. “In developing the new LS, we furthered the evolution of the exceptional quietness and comfort that has been a steadfast constant since the model’s first generation.”
The LS for 2021 is all about making something good even better. Refinements on the latest LS include evolving the tuning of the suspension and chassis to help achieve a smoother, more comfortable ride without sacrificing any of the current model’s dynamic character.
Inside, as part of the effort to enhance the LS’s interior refinement, many subtle improvements were made in the cabin to elevating passenger comfort. Details such as armrests, seat cushions, center console armrest padding, and other touch-points receive additional foam material. The front seats have also been altered with revised seat springs and thicker cushioning material under a seat surface that offers stitching patterns designed to enhance comfort.
Controls on the steering wheel and center console have been uniformly colored black for improved visibility and a clear-cut impression. A switch for displaying the controls for the often-used seat heaters and steering wheel heater has been added to the center console for improved operability. A new Palomino Leather interior will is available, while new interior ornamentation options including the Black Laser Special that is seen in our photos.
The 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine offers the output one would expect in a flagship sedan, and in that pursuit of refinement goals, the engine features a newly developed piston with a lip shape on the piston top to help realize low emissions and quiet operation when the engine is cold. The 10-speed automatic transmission also receives attention, as its shift logic is re-calibrated to aid in keeping the engine in a more responsive area of its powerband.
With setting the power train response to fit your mood from Eco, Comfort, Normal, Custom, Sport S or Sport S+ modes Lexus has redefined the flagship. Lexus LS.
Photography: David Lewis Taylor