Fifth-Gen Lexus LS Can Rock A Dark Theme As Well As Any Car

Lexus unveiled their latest-generation LS flagship last year in Detroit, showing the world what a modern day luxury saloon looks like when it features a “uniquely Japanese identity and approach to luxury.”

Those were the words used by Lexus to describe the LS, which has these organic design lines that dominate not just the exterior, but the cabin as well. For better or worse, it makes the LS different than pretty much all of its direct rivals.

So what happens when you take the LS and its sleek, overly Japanese exterior and drop it onto a set of large HF-2 Satin Black custom wheels courtesy of Vossen. Well, seen as how this particular car is already black, you get an arguably menacing-looking saloon, one that also happens to have tinted windows as sort of the cherry on top of the Sundae.

According to Vossen, the HF-2s start off at $499 and can be had in two standard colors (Brushed Gloss Black, Tinted Matte Gunmetal) or nine custom colors (Gloss Black, Gloss Gold, Textured Bronze, Satin Black, Satin Silver, Anthracite, Satin Bronze, Gloss Silver, Matte Black).

Aesthetically, the wheel design is almost identical to that of the Vossen Forged Series 17 wheels (S17-01), which we already got to see on an Audi S5, as well as on that Ford GT with the Martini Livery.

As for just how menacing the Lexus LS 500 can be in a straight line, its 3.5-liter twin turbo V6 engine, good for 415 HP and 442 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque, will accelerate you to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 4.5 seconds.

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  • TrevP

    Black, on black on black on black on black on black on black.

  • enthusia

    even tho the murdered out look is beyond played out, this is the best ive seen the LS look.
    it looks sinister and villainous

  • caddy45

    This new LS doesn’t seem like a flagship. Just doesn’t have the presence that the S-class or 7-series have. Looks like a bigger ES.

    • willhaven

      I think that’s exactly what they were going for. Lexus LS owners are old money and discreet. They prefer to fly under the radar compared to the German brand buyers. Granted this is anecdotal, the LS owners I’ve met are very understated.

      • ImNachoLover

        There is nothing “under the radar” or understated about this LS. What makes you say that?

        • willhaven

          Outside of the front end, the rest of the car is rather bland, especially compared to the S-Class or 7-Series. Admittedly less bland than Kia’s new entry.

  • salamOOn

    i usually dont like black on black cars, but when i do…. then it is this one!

  • Honda NSX-R

    2011 called, they want their murdered out theme back.

  • willhaven

    This is pretty damn cool.

  • Craig

    This murdered out LS aside…. I’d love to see how much better the LS could look with a different front end.

  • ErnieB

    You can’t put lipstick on a pig and think it’ll look better! This car is an insult to good design..

  • brn

    Only because it underscores the fugly grill.

  • sidewaysspin

    Darth Vader would be proud.

  • TheBelltower

    This helps to hide the details of this car and disguise the messy design.

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