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Luxury With Added Beeps

We Say: Lexus Owners Aren't Early Adopters but Ls Discreetly Fuses Luxury With Tech

Andrew Leopold

Dakar success for the Toyota Hilux team in 2019 might receive unlikely support from the new Lexus LS 500, driven recently on the international launch in Tokyo.

Baffled by the connection? Out of context these two bastions of luxury and motorsport appear to share nothing in common, yet for years the Hilux you’ve cheered across South America has done so fuelled by Lexus V8 power. Lexus, spurred on by cutting Co2 emissions rather than rally victory, has finally added turbo charging and downsized to V6. The Hilux whoops with joy.

Not that the press conference felt obliged to mention something as old fashioned as the combustion engine - after all this is the flagship Lexus so safety and comfort are illuminated brightly but Lexus isn’t about to build a BMW M760Li rival.

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December 2017