Winnipeg Free Press

Lexus adds to its luxury-performance stable

by Myron Love  . Nov 24 2017
James Halfacre / TNSThe all-new 2018 Lexus LS series sedan is on a tour across Canada. Birchwood Lexus expects its first LS500 models in January.

James Halfacre / TNS

The all-new 2018 Lexus LS series sedan is on a tour across Canada. Birchwood Lexus expects its first LS500 models in January.

Birchwood Lexus recently hosted an evening at the dealership for guests eager to meet two new stars in the Lexus galaxy.

The all-new LS500 sedan was just in the city for the day, reports Birchwood Lexus sales manager Tom Strange, as part of its introductory tour across Canada.

“We are anticipating receiving our first delivery of LS500 models in January,” he says.

(The LS500 will also be available in a hybrid version in the new year.)

Birchwood Lexus sales rep Ryan Ostrove notes the new LS is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5L V-6 that puts out 416 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque. The LS is the first Lexus to be outfitted with a 10-speed transmission, he adds.

Inside, Ostrove notes, the luxury model introduces a 28-way power driver’s seat and 20-way power passenger seat, a 24-inch heads-up display, a 23-speaker Mark Levinson sound system and Quantum Immersion technology that provides the equivalent of the surround-sound experience at a theatre.

Sharing the spotlight with the LS500 was the new 2018 LC500 sedan. The LC500, Strange notes, is a high-performance vehicle. The model comes with a standard 5-litre, eight-cylinder DOHC 32-valve engine which puts out 471 hp and 398 lb.-ft. of torque.

The model is also going to be available in a hybrid version, which marries a 3.5-L six-cylinder direct injection gas engine to an electric battery, the combination of which produces 354 hp.

“We have already pre-sold three LC500 models,” says Strange.

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT C

Even rarer than Lexus’s 2018 LC 500 model, is the Mercedes-Benz special edition 50th anniversary AMG GT C roadster. Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg brand ambassador Dylan Hubscher reports the high-performance vehicle — which arrived in Winnipeg in late October — is available in very limited numbers.

“There are only 500 of the models in the world, and only six have been set aside for Canada,” he notes.

“This is the best performance vehicle on the market,” he adds.

The roadster is powered by a 5.5-L engine that puts out 550 hp. The engine, Hubscher points out, is hand-built from start to finish — with one craftsman assigned to each vehicle.

“I’m a gearhead,” Hubscher says. “I like the sounds of performance cars. The noise from the exhaust on this car is music to my ears.”

The model, he further notes, has a paint colour — graphite grey and cashmere white — and black chrome accents which distinguish it from any other AMG GT model.

Inside, the colour scheme is black and silver — with exclusive nappa leather in silver pearl and black, with grey diamond-patterned contrasting topstitching.

He adds that the 50th anniversary edition shares with other AMG GT C models a dynamic, aggressive sporty look.

The roadster is priced just north of $200,000 which, Hubscher says, is a good price for what the AMG GT C 50th anniversary edition has to offer.

Also new for 2018 is the Mercedes-Benz special-edition AMG E63 S, which arrived in the city at the same time as the special edition AMG GT C roadster.

Hubscher describes the E63’s power as “mind blowing.”

The E63 S roared into town on the strength of a 4-litre engine that produces 603 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque.

“The E63 S has a fully redesigned interior with ambient lighting throughout,” says Hubscher of the new model. “The craftsmanship is second to none. Mercedes-Benz tries to anticipate the driver’s every need.”

He adds that the E63 S — with its AWD system — is a great winter car. “You can drive it all year round,” he says.

The E63 S is priced at $145,000.

“We have already sold three models,” Hubscher reports.