Although a hybrid version of the LS will be available in certain overseas markets, when it arrives in South Africa in the second quarter of next year, it will be with a newly-developed 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 engine (310kW and 600Nm) linked to the same 10-speed automatic gearbox found in the LC500 sports car.
The LS is equipped with various technologies- some the very latest, some tried-and-tested and used by other manufacturers. All are chasing the dream of full automation.
As was pointed out during a business session, "the technology used is like a jigsaw puzzle. Certain aspects may be fairly standard, but is geared towards a bigger picture."
The LS500 is the flagship sedan in the Lexus line-up and encompasses what the brand is about - innovative styling, advanced technology and a cabin that presents the finest in luxury features.
The distinctive spindle grille - today a trademark of Lexus vehicles - is clearly evident as is the sleek silhouette. No easy feat when you have a car measuring over 5.2m long.
But it is the technology within that Lexus was keen to show journalists as we ventured onto the highways that criss-cross the sprawling metropolis of Tokyo.