2020 LS 500 Is First Lexus Sedan To Get The Inspiration Series Treatment

Following the LC Inspiration and LX Inspiration limited edition models, Lexus has launched a similar version of its flagship saloon.

The first sedan to get this exclusive makeover, the LS 500 Inspiration Series brings a unique exterior and interior color combination as well as more exclusivity, since it’s limited to 300 units in the United States.

The model’s most distinctive feature is, obviously, the Deep Garnet exterior color, used for the first time on the LS 500. Lexus describes the paint as a “deep, metallic shade of red that shimmers in the direct sun yet has a deep, lustrous tone in the shade.”

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The color is beautifully complemented by standard 20-inch wheels finished in Black Vapor Chrome. Like the Deep Garnet paint, Lexus says the rims glimmer in the sun yet retain a polished, subdued look in the shade. The exclusive treatment continues inside with a glamorous cabin featuring standard White leather on the seats, center console and door panels, Kiriko glass trim on the door panels, blue LED dash lighting, and “Lexus” puddle lamps at each door.

The semi-aniline leather uses a dyeing process that gives it a bright white color providing a stark contrast to the black dashboard, steering wheel, and carpet. As for the Kiriko glass, it offers an interesting transition between light and dark — more specifically, between the smooth white door trim and the dark Mark Levinson speaker grills.

As with all 2020 Lexus LS 500 models, the Inspiration Series features a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine rated at 416 hp (422 PS) and 442 lb-ft (599 Nm) of torque. This allows the luxury sedan to cover the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint in 4.6 seconds when equipped with the available AWD system featuring a Torsen limited-slip center differential.

he Lexus LS 500 Inspiration Series goes on sale this fall, with pricing to be announced closer to launch.

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  • Ben

    I’ve said this many times before about the LC500. I can’t wait for these expensive luxury vehicles to depreciate so I can pick one up for cheap. However, I love them so much, I don’t want Lexus to look at them as a failure and cut them. I haven’t seen much of either LS500 or LC500 on the road as I saw LS460 in its prime. Lexus is losing their footing as people would rather buy a mid-range Mercedes, BMW or even Audi rather than a halo Lexus model.

    Lexus needs to do something dramatic like they did with the LFA and F models. They’re now long in the tooth and its time for another demonstration of fine Japanese engineering. Earn your keep in the marketplace, Lexus. Don’t get me wrong, the LC500 is wonderful, but you’ve gotta strike while the iron is HOT! Release the roadster and F trims quickly!


      the car is basically sharing the same fate as maserati quattroporte, but lexus is more reliable

      • Andrewthecarguy

        …and the Maserati more desirable

    • MayTheBestCarWin05

      Simple answer. The car is ugly. This predator mouth grille era needs to end and end fast.

      And. No V8? I get it, Lexus makes a new engine once every 12 years…but when every car in its segment offers a V8 and Lexus doesnt… they look behind the times.

    • Merc1

      Lexus lost their footing in this segment back in 2007 when the LS460 was immediately run over by the W221 S-Class which was also new for 2007. They’ve been sucking wind every since. This LS isn’t even remotely a threat to the segment now.


      • Ben

        Yes, seems a lot of former Japanese legends end up that way. The LS was a true threat to the big three and now resides in a purgatory of “Less than the Germans, but better than Jag or Genesis”.

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    Inspired is the last word I’d use to describe this car.

    • TruthSlayer

      Inspired could be the first word to describe this car <<<>>> Satan is also in the sentence.

      • MayTheBestCarWin05

        Hahah. This car was so good for so long…and then they gave us this…not only does it look like a 35k Lexus ES…it doesn’t compete or move the bar fwd in its segment.

        No V8!! Crazy. Every car in its segment offers a V8 at some trim level. #haveyounoshame

  • Craig

    I owned a 1993 LS400 for about 10 years. A very nice car. I’m not sure what this new one is.. but it’s not an LS.

  • Craig

    If was running things… I would bring that Toyota Century over and declare that to be the Flagship Lexus. [I wouldn’t charge $178,000 for it though]

  • Ben

    This car would be lucky to look like a 35k Lexus ES. The problem is that it looks EXACTLY like a Honda Civic hatchback on steroids. This car does NOT look premium in any way. Yes, the grille is awful, but it’s the car’s silly, low-rent shape that kills it. But look at their SUVs — it’s as if they were trying very hard to make them as ugly as possible. Lexus desperately needs to hire a new Chief Designer.

    • Dmitry Semenov

      Fully in agreement, but in person car looks better. Inside (driver seat) it’s very nice and relaxing, quiet. This is the car who wants all MB S-class amenities without catching any attention. Anyway it’s targeted for people 55+ and if you’re younger you will be pretty bored. It’s asphalt queen.

  • Joe E

    That interior is like a fever dream (not just in this ‘Inspiration’ trim, but all trims of LS). Those door cards with the glass elements in them are just wild.

  • Merc1

    Please stop with the geriatric specials and bring on the LS F please.


  • An Existing Person

    Sue me. I love the LS inside and out. It’s design is unique and refreshing. which is something we don’t get as often nowadays. It looks like nothing else on the road and looks especially well in F-Sport guise. I know I’m in the minority with this thought.

    • Robert

      I absolutely agree, I love it as well. I think it’s the best looking of the full-size luxury sedans. The LS and LC 500 is where I think Lexus gets it right with the spindle grill design too.

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