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LS Hybrid

2019 LS Hybrid: The Rolls-Royce of Lexus

By Yuan Chen × Vaughn Lowery

If you are in the market for an elegant yet bespoke type of vehicle, you definitely should consider the 2019 Lexus LS 500h. As of late, we decided to take this extremely luxurious sedan on a drive around the NYC metropolitan area to rendezvous with our east coast counterparts. Unlike the 2019 Audi A8L, 2019 BMW 740e or 2018 Mercedes-Benz S650, 2019 Lexus LS 500h is a vehicle which is filled with passion, performance and a boat load of technology.

Design

The design team was inspired by traditional Japanese design and culture for the 2019 Lexus LS 500h, offering meticulous craftsmanship with an array of appointments and newly pronounced spindle grille. Outside – the silhouette is sleek and athletic. Inside – the art wood herringbone, ambient lighting and hand pleated trim (reminiscent of origami) makes everyone who enters the cabin feel like Japanese royalty.

“I want those who see the grille to appreciate the design and to wonder at its creation. I want them to be amazed at first glance.”– Lexus Takumi craftsman Yasuhiro Nakashima

It’s astonishing how the company’s master craftspeople were able to fabricate their idea from a single piece of mesh (interlocking L-shaped pieces) into a reality. The complex process of its mouth started with the designer’s pen, and then a computer rendering took it further. But most importantly, the fine-tuning of the final production mold utilized Lexus Takumi craftsman Yasuhiro Nakashima’s highly trained hand. He helped it become more evocative and daring.

Technology

LS Hybrid is loaded with a vast amount of features which are comparable to many top luxury manufacturers such as Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, Lexus Enform Remote, Rear-seat Touchscreen Controls, Satellite radio, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth capability and Remote Touchpad. Additionally, if you enjoy concert hall sound while driving, upgrade to the Mark Levinson Quantum Logic audio system. With this immersive 2400-watt audio package, the LS 500h provides an unprecedented listening experience for every person in the vehicle. This can be attributed to their 16 channels, 23-speaker injected surround system (four in the ceiling speakers and the largest subwoofer the manufacturer has ever used).

Performance

“The car hovers with both sophistication and poise unlike any other. One of the main reasons we fell back in love with Lexus” – Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

The LS 500 was built on the platform of the high-performance LC coupe, the LS 500 features Lexus’s first-ever twin-turbocharged engine. LS 500 has shared the same turbocharged V6 engine with the newest Audi A8L. However, LS 500h has 354hp with 257 lb-ft of torque (achieving 0 to 60 in just 5.1 secs in RWD or 5.2 secs in AWD). After six generations, the purveyors of this prestige hybrid sedan managed to maintain the industry’s leading benchmark in its class. It’s the first multi-stage hybrid luxury sedan and, contains the instinctive feel of a 10-speed automatic transmission, the most responsive and fastest LS Hybrid with a potent 354 valve Atkinson-cycle gas engine alongside of compact dual electric motors. Their lightest and most compact self battery. If you select different drive modes (from ECO to sport) you can transform from a town car into a spunky 4 seat space ship which rockets into action. With a 22.2 gallon tank, this 3.5L 6cyl gas/electric EVT flagship gets up to 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway.

Safety

LS 500h comes with anti-lock brakes and AWD which aids the vehicle’s ability to turn while braking, effortlessly gripping/stopping on most road conditions/terrains. Also, this model comes well-equipped with airbags: front, knee, overhead and seat side impact for the driver and their co-pilot. Another safety feature worth mentioning are the seat belt pretensioners which automatically tighten straps when abruptly coming to a halt.

Have you ever been on a road trip with traffic and consistently worrying about the sudden stops of the front car? There are no more worries when it comes to 2019 Lexus LS 500h. This model contains features like drivers assist, lane departure assist, park assist and the 360 backup camera which will assist you the best while driving on the highway as well as backing up on tiny roads. While driving in Manhattan in bumper to bumper traffic with pedestrians on all sides, tons of sensors and alerts warned us as people/vehicles (within our blind spots) approached the vehicle. The aforementioned came in handy as this vehicle has a longer wheelbase than its predecessor.

Ergonomics/Additional Features

Best of all, the driver’s seat (28-way adjustable) has 7-massage options for both you and the passenger. This is important for driver’s fatigue on long drives and helps circulate the blood in the lower/upper extremities. Even more, the model also has powered operated privacy screens in the back to block out the sun. Moreover, this model allows you to raise higher and lower by the press of a button so that you can avoid unnecessary scraping while driving up steep driveways.

Not to mention, with the executive package the backseats automatically recline when passengers enter (with ottoman). The climate concierge allows for massage features along with heated/cooling, ventilated seats for added comfort. Most of which can be controlled with the rear seat controls. If this doesn’t make you feel like an emperor/empress, we don’t know what will.

In short, the 2019 Lexus LS 500h is a perfect match for someone whom likes to drive and to be driven – a high profile executive, celebrity and/or a member of an elite dynasty. At approximately $107,000, this vehicle will provoke a certain level of importance. Instead of driving to meetings, most likely meetings will be held inside of it. It’s quiet, smooth suspension as well as hospitable yet intuitive tech make it one of the best in it’s class.

View on Lexus Website here

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

*Photos courtesy of Vaughn Lowery

The Quail, A Motorsport Gathering

The Great Lancias

Founded in 1906 by racing driver Vincenzo Lancia, the Turin based automaker has cultivated a history of dynamic rally cars, invigorating racing machines, and performance-oriented street vehicles that embody true Italian flair. The first production Lancia automobile was the 28 horsepower Tipo 51 (also known as the 12 HP). After World War I, Lancia began work on the Lambda. The Lambda was a technological marvel at the time, featuring the first production monocoque construction on a road car, as well as the first use of independent suspension on a production car.

Building upon the success of the Lambda, Lancia debuted the Aurelia in 1950 in Turin. The Aurelia continued Lancia’s tradition of innovation by utilizing an industry first production V6 engine paired to another groundbreaking innovation, the rear transaxle. The Aurelia would go on to achieve class victories at Le Mans and the Mille Miglia. In conjunction with the street car division, Scuderia Lancia was launched to campaign the all new D24 race car. With legends like Juan Manuel Fangio, Alberto Ascari, and Piero Taruffi behind the wheel, the D24 would claim victory at the Carrera Panamericana, Mille Miglia, and Targa Florio.

As Lancia continued to evolve and develop their automobiles, they became legends on world wide rally circuit. Icons like the Fulvia HF, Stratos HF, 037 and Delta would dominate rally racing in the 1970’s and 80’s. Fine examples of Lancia’s street and racing machines will be showcased on the lawn of The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering this year.

Fireside Chat Profile: Laura Brown and Tamara Mellon

Laura Brown, editor-in-chief of Instyle Magazine, will participate in the “Fashion in the Fast Lane” Fireside Chat Panel. After graduating from Charles Sturt University, Brown began traveling around the world to cover the world of fashion. As the editor-in-chief of Instyle Magazine, Brown educates an audience of 30 million people on the latest trends and styles. As one of the leading voices in fashion today, Brown will be joined on stage by Tamara Mellon as they discuss the parallels between fashion and the automotive industry.

Tamara Mellon, OBE, founder of Tamara Mellon Brand, will also join the “Fashion in the Fast Lane” Fireside Chat. After being born in London, Mellon would split her time between California and the UK. A passion for style developed into careers at several fashion magazines before becoming an esteemed luxury women’s shoe designer. Mellon acts as co-founder and CCO of her namesake direct-to-consumer label.

Culinary Spotlight: New Carmel Valley Culinary Tent

Guests will enjoy a main dish of spice rubbed salmon with caramelized Meyer lemons grilled on wood slabs over the cast iron cowboy cauldron. This will be accented by marinated fregola sarda, sweet pepper and almond pesto, baby spinach, roasted cauliflower and more. Robb Talbott and the Moto Talbott Motorcycle Museum have become iconic partners of The Quail events and his Talbott Logan Pinot Noir and Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay will be paired with the offerings at the Carmel Valley tent. In addition to the diverse culinary offerings stationed throughout this year’s event, the Carmel Valley culinary tent will play host to a decadent afterparty following. The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.

2018 Acura RLX

TRIM

  • RLX P-AWS
  • RLX SPORT HYBRID

MSRP1

  • $54,900
  • $61,900

MSRP Including $965
Destination Charge

  • $55,865
  • $62,865

EPA MPG Rating3
City/Highway/Combined

  • 20/ 29/ 23
  • 28/ 29/ 28

2018 Acura RLX Arrives in Showrooms with Striking Redesign – RLX adopts new Acura design direction reflecting brand’s Precision Crafted Performance DNA – Top-trim RLX with 377-horsepower1 Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® system now $4,050 less than out-going model – New advanced 10-speed automatic transmission standard in RLX with Precision All-Wheel Steering™ (P-AWS®) – Traffic Jam Assist, a driver assistive technology, joins standard AcuraWatch® suite PR Newswire TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 6, 2017 TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Acura’s top-of-the-line luxury sports sedan, the 2018 RLX, begins arriving in dealer showrooms tomorrow with new front and rear styling inspired by the new Acura design direction and its signature diamond pentagon grille. With a simplified lineup, two models are available—each in a single high-specification trim: The 2018 Acura RLX P-AWS starts with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP2) of $54,900; The 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD™ now starts at $61,900, a reduction of $4,050 compared to the out-going model with Advance Package. (Prices exclude $965 destination and other charges.) All-new seats are now available in a rich Espresso leather and two new premium exterior paint options are available for the first time on RLX. The 2018 Acura RLX showcases the brand’s Precision Crafted Performance DNA in two distinct high-performance powertrains, making it the most powerful Acura after the NSX supercar. With the most performance of any Acura sedan, the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD™ seamlessly integrates a direct-injected V-6 with three electric motors and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ for instant acceleration, outstanding all-weather performance and precise handling. The RLX Sport Hybrid delivers 377 peak total system horsepower and 341 lb.-ft. peak total system torque with its powertrain sharing its basic concept and some components with the NSX supercar. Also available is the 2018 Acura RLX P-AWS with Precision All-Wheel Steering™ (P-AWS®), powered by a 3.5-liter Direct Injection SOHC i-VTEC® V-6 engine delivering peak horsepower of 310 (SAE net) and 272 lb.-ft. of peak torque (SAE net) and mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission delivering a more responsive and refined driving experience. The 2018 Acura RLX P-AWS has EPA fuel economy ratings of 20/29/23 mpg, and the 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid came in at 28/29/28 mpg (city/highway/combined)3. 2018 RLX Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

In addition to the diamond pentagon grille, the 2018 Acura RLX design enhancements include a more sculpted hood, new wheel designs, newly designed LED taillights, exposed dual exhaust finishers and gloss black rear diffuser. The 2018 RLX also offers a fresh color pallet with six new exterior paint options (seven total) including two new premium colors – Brilliant Red Metallic and Majestic Black Pearl.

Inside, the 2018 Acura RLX receives premium new materials and touchpoints including completely redesigned Milano leather seats with high-contrast, piping and stitching, as well as a new Espresso interior option and available black headliner, all of which add a new level of sophistication to an interior with class-leading space and comfort.

Standard features on the 2018 RLX Sport Hybrid include a head-up display (HUD), premium Krell Audio System with 14 speakers, Surround View Camera, front and rear parking sensors, LED fog lights, remote engine start, ventilated and heated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, heated steering wheel and more.

Both 2018 RLX models feature the unique AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment, enhanced by the addition of the new Traffic Jam Assist, a first for Acura. Working in conjunction with Adaptive Cruise Control and Low Speed Follow, Traffic Jam Assist (TJA) reduces driver stress in highly congested traffic situations by helping keep the vehicle centered in the lane and at a set interval from a vehicle detected ahead.
The AcuraWatch suite also includes:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW)

For More Information
Additional media information including pricing, specs, features and high-resolution photography is available at http://acuranews.com/acura-automobiles/channels/rlx.
Consumer information is available at http://www.acura.com. To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit http://www.facebook.com/acura.

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, an original approach to technology and design that creates a new driving experience. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV and the second generation NSX supercar as the pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.

1Combined total system horsepower
2MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $965 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
3Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age and condition, and other facto