The Lexus LS F Sport has been revealed, a day ahead of its debut at the New York motor show.
Lexus’ sportier S-Class rival gets bigger alloys, more aggressive styling and handling-honing chassis tech
The F Sport gets more aggressive styling than its standard sibling, with two large air intakes flanking Lexus‘ signature ‘Spindle’ grille. 20in alloy wheels are also fitted as standard, shod in 245/45 front and 245/40 rear tyres. Two new colours – shades of blue and white – are exclusive to the F Sport, too.
Inside, the F Sport gets more bolstered seats with perforated leather and Ultrasuede, as well as aluminium pedals and footrest. An F Sport steering wheel also features, as do instruments derived from those in the LFA supercar. Ultrasuede is also used on the F Sport’s headliner.
Mechanical upgrades include bigger brakes – six-piston front and four-piston rear units – and air suspension specially set up for a sportier ride, while Lexus’ Dynamic Handling tech, which tweaks the ABS, traction control, ESC and steering to control the way the car behaves at different speeds.
Lexus’ chassis control tech is fitted in its most advanced iteration in the LS F Sport, and is claimed to control the car’s ride and flatness around corners, as well as provide greater comfort, by tweaking the brake response, steering and suspension. Three drive modes are selectable; Normal, Sport S or Sport S+, which tweak the chassis control system’s settings.
Under the bonnet, there’s either a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 producing 415bhp and 442lb ft torque in the LS 500 or the same engine mated to an electric motor for the LS 500h with 295bhp and 261lb ft; both with 10-speed automatic gearboxes.
The former manages 0-62mph in 4.5sec, while the mild hybrid takes a more leisurely 5.4sec, but can be used in electric-only mode at up to 87mph. Lexus is yet to announce the hybrid’s electric-only range, but the range is expected to be around 30 miles; the same as the updated Mercedes-Benz S500 hybrid.