For New York, the updated LS gets the F Sport treatment, which includes design touches, chassis tuning and added stopping power. Available in petrol and hybrid powertrains, the F SPORT version of the LS, will imbue the standard model with a more engaging driving spirit through carefully applied chassis tuning and enhancements, while still emphasizing exceptional comfort.
2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport Exterior and Interior
As for the exterior, the 2018 LS F Sport gets a more intricate spindle grille using computer-aided design to achieve the texture and appearance. Designers adjusted 7,100 individual surfaces– way more than the basic LS, which has 5,000. It also gets new rocker panels, molding and badges.
The LS 500 F Sport features 20-inch alloy wheels (compared to stock 19-inchers). Hauling down the F Sport are front six-piston calipers with 15.7-inch rotors and rear four-piston calipers with 14.1-inch rotors, which replace the stock front four-piston calipers with 14.0-inch rotors and rear two-piston calipers with 13.2-inch rotors. Rubber underfoot the F Sport measures 245/45RF20 front and 275/40RF20 rear, with rear-drive models getting summer tires.
Inside, the front seats receive more side bolstering in case inspiration strikes and the driver decides to lay into the aluminum accelerator pedal. (The brake and footrest pedals are also made of aluminum.) The steering wheel likewise gets the upgrade treatment, and the instrument cluster slides to reveal more information depending on driving mod a trick borrowed from the LFA supercar.
2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport Under the Hood
The F Sport makes no changes to the LS 500 powertrain choices of a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 or 3.5-liter V-6 hybrid, which promise 0– 60 acceleration of 4.5 and 5.2 seconds, respectively. The twin-turbo engine makes 415 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque and comes mated to Lexus’ first 10-speed automatic transmission.
2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport Prices
Debuting at the 2017 New York Auto Show, the 2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport should go on sale later this year, and pricing is still TBD.