When Lexus revealed its all-new LS early this year at the Detroit motor show, it was evident that the new flagship saloon is going to be very different from its predecessors in many ways. Built on a version of the same GA-L platform that underpins the LC 500 coupé, the stiffest architecture Lexus has ever used in an automobile, the LS sits lower and has a wider track and promises better handling and ride quality than before. Despite the LS 500 moniker, the engine is a downsized 3.5-litre biturbo V6 that sends 415bhp and 600Nm of torque to the rear wheels via a class-first 10-speed automatic transmission.
Now, the Japanese premium carmaker has revealed the first F Sport variant of the LS 500, set to be officially unveiled at the New York International Auto Show this week. Adding to its already sporty coupé-like silhouette is a more aggressive take on the Lexus spindle grille, along with rocker panel, trunk moldings, exclusive 20in wheels, and F Sport badging. Even the cabin gets F Sport-exclusive front seats, a perforated-grille pattern on all seating surfaces and aluminum trim elements. The speedometer and tachometer are in a sliding ring like the one seen in the LFA supercar. Additional touches include accelerator, brake and footrest pedals finished in aluminium , as well as the F Sport perforated shift handle and a new Circuit Red interior trim colour.
The LS F Sport models feature the latest generation of Lexus’s Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), which combines ABS, traction control, vehicle stability control, and EPS into a single system. The new VDIM system apparently harmonises braking, steering, powertrain, and suspension to control longitudinal, lateral and vertical motion as well as yaw, roll and pitch. It also gets larger brakes, with six-piston callipers up front and four pistons at the back. The F Sport treatment is also available in the LS 500h which combines a naturally 3.5-litre V6 engine with two electric motors to generate a combined system output of 354bhp.