2018 Lexus LS 500h – Drive, Interior and Exterior, 354 hp. 2018 Lexus LS 500h – Drive, Interior and Exterior. Color: Nightfall Mica.
The 2018 LS Hybrid takes an entirely different approach than the previous LS Hybrid model. The new Multi Stage Hybrid System, which debuted in the LC 500h Coupe, combines a naturally aspirated Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with two electric motor/generators and uses a compact, lightweight lithium-ion battery. D-4S direct fuel injection and lightweight valvetrain components allow a 6,600-rpm redline, with Dual Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (Dual VVT-i) ensuring ample torque across the engine speed range. Combined system output of the internal combustion engine with the electric traction system is 354 hp, enabling the LS 500h to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds (RWD).
The new system is based on the electronically controlled planetary continuously variable transmission of Lexus Hybrid Synergy Drive coupled to an all-new four-speed automatic gear set at the output stage. The two systems work together to expand the overall range of gearing and increase operation of the V6 engine across a wider speed range than previous hybrids.
In M mode, the two gearsets are controlled together to provide the effect of 10 ratios, giving the LS 500h a highly engaging driving feel and allowing the driver to shift through the ratios with paddle shifters.
And with a 22.2-gallon fuel tank and 25/33/28 (city/highway/combined) manufacturer-estimated fuel economy, the LS 500h RWD has a range of over 600 miles, depending on driving conditions and habits.
Total System Power: 264 kW / 354 HP /359PS
Type: V6, aluminum block and cylinder heads
Designation: 8GR-FXS Valvetrain DOHC 24 Valve
Intake: VVT-iW(variable valve timing with intelligence Wide)
Exhaust: VVT-i(variable valve timing with intelligence)
Horsepower: (SAE) 220kW@6,600rpm / 295HP@6,600rpm / 299ps@6,600rpm
Total System Output: 264 kW /354 HP / 359ps
0-60 mph Acceleration (manuf. estimate)
5.1 seconds (RWD)
5.2 seconds (AWD)
Top Track Speed (electronically limited) 136 mph (220 km/h)