Unveiled during the 2017 New York International Auto Show, the new 2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport moves the driving emotion needle a bit further with its performance-infused design outside in and handling enhancements. Lexus offers the F-Sport trim on a number of vehicles, focusing on enhancing dynamics of the chassis without necessarily adding output.
The newest to receive the enhancement is the LS sedan – a brand new flagship. Although the 2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport isn’t expected to compete against the GS F and RC F in terms of performance, the new model is expected to feel a bit livelier.
Ever since the Lexus LS debuted three decades ago, it has continued to set the benchmark standards in terms of long-term quality, attention to detail, craftsmanship, ride quietness, and powertrain smoothness. The F Sport version, available in petrol and hybrid powertrains, will bring not only an engaging driving spirit, but also enhance the comfort levels of the standard model.
Exterior wise, the new model features sporting pretensions such as F Sport badging, trunk moldings, rocker panels, 20-inch alloy wheels, and a new ‘spindle’ grille. Furthermore, an ultra-white paint job only exclusive to the model is available. In the cabin, there’re sporty features such as a special steering wheel, ultra-suede headliner, a trick gauge cluster, and unique front seats with perforated pattern.
2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport Interior
The interior has been redesigned from the ground up. The seat design has been redesigned and is available with 28-way power front seats that have massage, cooling, and heating functions. For improved comfort and a quieter ride quality, the new model features Active Noise Control technology.
Omotenashi, a Japanese hospitality concept, continues to be a common thread through all LS models. Applied to the LS, the concept means protecting the driver and passengers against hazards, attending to their comfort, and anticipating their needs.
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For a further expression of the car’s dynamic character, the new model features an F Sport tachometer, speedometer, and steering wheel. Attention to details shows in the F Sport perforated shift handle and footrest, as well as in the brake and footrest pedals and aluminum accelerator. Also available is the new Red interior that is meant for those desiring the ultimate sporty look.
When giving the LS its dramatic rendition and coupe-like silhouette, Lexus didn’t hold back. To achieve the greater intricacy in the design of the Lexus signature spindle grille, designers spent five months developing it through a computer aided design. And even then, 7,100 individual surfaces were adjusted in order to achieve the right texture and desired look.
Again, the exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels, F Sport badging on fenders add to the exterior transformation, while truck moldings, rocker panel, and the special F Sport front grille help accentuate the sedan’s rakish profile. Also, Heat Blue and White Nova are offered as F Sport exclusive exterior colors for those looking to really stand out.
According to Lexus, the new 2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport features the newest generation of the brand’s Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management – an advanced chassis control technology. The technology combines EPS, VSC, TRC, and ABS, as well as other functions into a single system.
Exterior dimensions are as follows; length – 206.1 inches, width – 74.8 inches, height – 57.1 inches, and wheelbase – 123 inches.
2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport Engine Specs & Performance
Big news can be expected under the hood. Although the engine is a carryover, the F Sport package brings with it some profound chassis facelifts. To begin with, the new LS replaces the 4.6L V8 with a modern 3.5L twin-turbocharged V6 mill. Output for the V6 stands at a whopping 415 hp and 442 lbs. ft. of torque, representing a power and torque increase of 29 hp and 75 lbs. respectively. A 10-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard.
Besides the output changes, Lexus says better fuel economy should be expected. That said however, the EPA is yet to offer the output figures.
Performance wise, the automaker says the new model should be able to hit 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.
Aside from the LS 500, the F Sport updates are also available for the LS 500h model. Rated at 295 hp and 258 lbs. ft. of torque, the LS 500h comes equipped with a combination of a highly efficient hybrid drivetrain and a 3.5L V6 engine. With the combination in place, output rises by 59 horsepower.
Only 5.2 seconds is required to zoom from 0-60 mph.
2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport Release Date & Price
The vehicle should be expected to go for sale sometime later this year. Pricing is still TBD. That notwithstanding, odds are the LS will probably retain its current sticker base price tag of $80K.
In terms of competition, the 2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport will have to square it out with the likes of BMW 7 Series, Genesis G90, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
The S-Class is arguably the star of the class. Now in its fifth year of production, it is a premium offering featuring high tech sporty features, and top-of-the-range styling inside and out. Priced at nearly $100K, the German sedan is offered with features such as a smart steering wheel, a semi-autonomous drive, and a slew of enhanced engines. Under the hood is a choice of either a 362 – horsepower rated 3.0L biturbo engine or a 4.0L V8 capable of churning out 463 horsepower.
The G90 from the South Korean luxury-arm manufacturer is priced beginning from $68,100. In addition to being laden with a boatload of luxury amenities, the G90 is also equipped with powerful mills beneath the hood. In this regard, two engines are offered – a twin-turbo 3.3L V6 and a 5.0L V8. The 3.3L is capable of making 365 hp and 376 lbs. ft. of torque while the 5.0L is able to generate 420 hp and 383 lbs. ft. of torque. In comparison to others in its class, the G90 scores highest in terms of affordability.
The BMW 7 series is also another formidable rival to the 2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport. Even in standard form, the 7 Series is pretty slick. However, the available M Sport package provides a more unique exterior for those looking for something extra. Motivation beneath the hood is provided by a 3.0L six-cylinder engine rated at 320 hp and 330 lbs. ft. of torque. There’s also a more powerful 4.4L V8 option offered with the top-spec 750i model. Output with the 4.4L V8 mill stands at 445 horsepower and 480 lbs. ft. of torque. Pricing begins from an MSRP of $81,300.