Japanese automaker Lexus recently unveiled its all new flagship sedan, the 2018 LS 500. The eye candy vehicle made its debut in Detroit and will be followed by the hybrid LS 500h in Geneva Auto Show. Geared for unveiling in New York will be the next level LS 500 F Sport treatment that allegedly boasts of modified design from its predecessor, chassis tuning and more stopping power.
Since its debut 30 years ago, the Lexus LS has stood out from its rival thanks to its power and ride qualities, making it the smoothest and the quietest in the global market. However, the Lexus LS 500 F Sport isn't made to be the most performance conforming vehicle coming from Lexus- unlike the F models that are the GS F and RC F.
The F Sport is more of a middle ground performer between Lexus cars and the F models. But don't be fooled as this sports car also packs a punch. Lexus' F sport packages are made for regular units and offers sharper handling aside from ensuring utmost comfort for the driver and its passengers.
LS 500 F Sport treatment upgrades include a new spindle grill feature, in which Lexus remarked that its design took about 5 months for CAD work to complete. Brand new 20 inch wheels, fender badging, fresh side skirts, and trunk outlines add to the overall metamorphosis. F Sports consumers have the option of selecting an all exclusive Ultra White paint scheme in hopes of attracting more attention from the passersby.
There are many more tweaks in the interior- the Lexus LS F Sport is fitted with new bolstered front seats, unique aluminium trim pieces, an all new F Sport steering wheel and an advanced gauge cluster with a built in moving dial akin in the old LFD supercar. Plus an aluminium trim was made out for the pedals. It also features a suede headliner, leather encased shifter, and a contemporary interior Circuit Red trim color.
Lexus engineers were able to attach bigger brakes for the F Sport model made possible with the equipped 20 inch rolling stock. Large wheels warrant large brakes, therefore the F Sport sports a 6 piston callipers in the front and 4 piston callipers in the rear. F Sport is available with either the twin-turbo V6 or the hybrid powertrain option. For those customers who prefer speed, the boosted 3.5 L V6 output is still identical with the standard LS500's which produces 415 hP and 442 lb-ft of torque.
Lexus reported that the sports car F model can accelerate to 60 mph for only 4.5 seconds. LS 500 units that are rear -drive can be equipped with a fresh Handling package which adds a variable ratio steering, rear wheel steering, air suspension that is sport tuned, and Lexus' Active Stabilizer anti roll system. Lexus reported that the Handling package is more akin to a sports coupe with curves.
The Lexus 500 F Sport and 500h F Sport will be available in dealers at the latter half of this year, with the price still not officially announced.