New Lexus LS 500 F Sport

Craftmanship with a sporting touch
By Louwman Exclusive 9 June '17

The new Lexus LS F Sport, unveiled at the New York International Auto Show, raises the level of driving emotion with handling enhancements and performance-infused design. The car makes its debut following Lexus’s reinvention of the flagship saloon with the reveal of the all new LS at the Detroit show at the beginning of this year.

The new LS delivers the most dynamic driving experience in the model’s history, with the F Sport version – available in both petrol and petrol-electric hybrid versions – engineered to enhance that performance even further.

Lexus LS F Sport: styling
Lexus’s designers did not hold back when giving the LS its coupe-like silhouette and dramatic rendition of the signature Lexus spindle grille.

The special F Sport grille, rocker panel and boot mouldings accentuate the saloon’s rakish profile, while F Sport badging on the wings and 20-inch alloy wheels complete the exterior transformation. For those truly wishing to stand out, new White Nova and Heat Blue colours will be exclusive to F Sport.

Lexus LS F Sport: interior
Lexus has shifted the cabin into F Sport specification by applying exclusive trims and features. At the same time, the Omotenashi spirit of the Japanese hospitality traditions remains a defining quality. The F Sport adds a performance attitude to these qualities. The F Sport persona is evident throughout the cabin, starting with an exclusive front seat. The car is equipped with a special F Sport steering wheel and instrumentation, adapted from the technology and design created for the LFA supercar. Fine attention to sporting detail includes the aluminium pedals and footrest and F Sport perforated gear shift lever.

LDH: High level of performance and safety
The LS is constructed on an extended version of the global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA-L) platform Lexus has used for its new LC flagship coupe. This provides the foundation for enhanced handling, ride smoothness and cabin quietness. The LS F Sport capitalises on the platform’s inherent responsiveness and agility. The LS F Sport is equipped with the latest generation of Lexus’s Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) advanced chassis control technology.

In 2012 Lexus debuted Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH), a four-wheel active steering integrated control system that provides a higher level of safety. The new VDIM system implements co-operative control of all vehicle sub-systems – braking, steering, powertrain and suspension – to control the motion of the car.

The LS F Sport is fitted with 20-inch alloy wheels as standard. The brakes are larger, with six-piston callipers at the front and four-piston units at the rear, unlocking more of the platform’s performance capability.

Lexus LS 500 F Sport powertrain
Lexus designed an all-new 3.5-litre V6 engine specifically for the new LS 500. The new unit delivers– 415bhp/310kW and 600Nm of torque – and is paired with the first 10-speed automatic transmission to be used in a luxury saloon.

The system adds a four-stage shifting device to the Lexus Hybrid Drive combination of 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and two electric motors. The car is undeniably quick, with nought to 100 km/h achievable in just 4.5 seconds. The electronically controlled turbo waste gates are among the features which help secure rapid engine response