Back in 1989, Lexus ran a television commercial highlighting the refinement of the original LS 400 by sitting a tower of glasses on its hood while it made a 145-mph run on a dyno.
One of the Smoothest Running Vehicles
Suffice it to say, the glasses didn’t tumble into a heap, and Lexus could proudly boast that its flagship sedan was one of the smoothest running vehicles on sale at the time.
415 Horsepower and 442 Pound-Feet of Torque
The feat is still as impressive as it was back then, though we should point out that the original LS 400 featured a 4.0-litre V-8 while the latest LS 500 only has a V-6, specifically a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V-6. It delivers 415 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a 10-speed automatic. An all-wheel-drive system can also be added to the car.
In the future, however, such a feat might not be so impressive as Lexus has hinted that it will eventually move to smooth-running electric powertrains. Recall, the automaker also celebrated its 30th-anniversary last year by rolling out the LF-30 Electrified concept car, an EV with four in-wheel motors meant to preview what a Lexus might be like in the year 2030.
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