Spicier F SPORT version of Lexus LS 500 flagship sedan announced

The front grille, wheels and brakes are just three areas to receive tweaks on the F-SPORT variant of the Lexus LS 500.

Only a short while after wowing the automotive world with the announcement of the totally redesigned Lexus LS 500, the luxury brand has already taken the wraps off the F SPORT version of the flagship sedan featuring an edgier exterior, interior and better performance. Let’s take check out all the highlights.

A big talking point about the new LS is its spindle grille that’s much more intricate than ones found on other models, made up of some 5,000 individual surfaces. The expanded blacked-out example on the F SPORT has an even finer mesh constructed of a staggering 7,100 unique surfaces. Not just for looks, the upgraded grille increases cooling properties. Other darkened details include the garnishes below the front air vents as well as on the rocker panel and sides of the rear bumper.

2018 lexus ls 500 f sport front grille

Venturing inside the vehicle, Lexus has upped the sporty feel of the cabin installing bigger-bolstered front seats covered in a repeating grille pattern stamped in leather, bringing a touch of continuity with the exterior. Aluminum has tactfully been added to select trim pieces and the pedals. The instrument cluster features a motorized information ring lifted straight from the LFA supercar.

All LS 500 F SPORTs receive special 20-inch split spoke wheels shod with sticky 245/45 (front) and 275/40 (rear) tires. Poking out from underneath the big rims are larger brake calipers than those found on the standard grade: six-piston and four-piston units for the front and rear, respectively. The engine remains the same 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6, producing 415 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, mated to the first 10-speed automatic transmission found in any luxury sedan.

2018 lexus ls 500 f sport rear angle

Drivers can kick things up a notch by selecting from one of three powertrain settings. Normal is the default mode, while Sport S and Sport S+ both enhance throttle response and volume of the exhaust note for an even more dynamic and enjoyable experience behind the wheel.

The F SPORT package will be available on gasoline-powered LS 500 variants only when it launches later this year.

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