The newest Lexus luxury saloon is getting sportier – or at least, getting the pretence and appearance of sportiness. The 2018 Lexus LS 500 and LS 500h are now adding an F Sport package that intends to amp up the cars’ design and handling.

As with other models, F Sport is the middle ground between regular Lexus cars and the full-fledged F models (RC F, GS F, rumored LC F). To start with, the F Sport treatment involves a new spindle grille design that Lexus says (somehow) took five months of CAD work to design. New side skirts, wing badging, 20-inch wheels, and bodyside mouldings further the transformation. And to stand out more, F Sport buyers can elect an exclusive Ultra White paint scheme.

On the inside, the Lexus LS F Sport receives new bolstered front seats, various aluminium trim pieces, a new F Sport steering wheel, and a new instrument cluster with a moving dial (like on the old LFA supercar). There is also aluminium trim for the pedals, plus a suede headliner, leather-wrapped shifter, and a Circuit Red interior trim option.

2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport
2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport
2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport
2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport

Thanks to the addition of the aforementioned 20-inch rolling stock, Lexus engineers were able to fit larger brakes for the F Sport model, with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers. Rear-drive LS 500 models can also be equipped with a new Handling package. It includes variable-ratio steering, rear-wheel steering, “sport-tuned” air suspension, and the company’s Active Stabiliser anti-roll-bar system. With that package, Lexus boldly claims the LS, “responds more like a sports coupe through curves”.

In the 2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport, power comes from the LS’s usual 3.5-litre biturbocharged V6, with 415 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque available. A 10-speed automatic transmission allows rear-wheel-drive versions to reach 60 miles per hour in just 4.5 seconds. The hybrid, meanwhile makes a 3.5-litre V6 with two electric motors to produce a combined 354 hp, enabling a 5.2-second sprint to 60 mph for the rear-wheel-drive version.

So, faster looks, but no faster on the road. But if BMW can get away with it for its M Sport models, why not Lexus?

Source: Lexus

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Having debuted its reinvented flagship sedan earlier this year—the all-new

2018 LS 500—Lexus is putting an exclamation point on this signature model with the new F SPORT

model. The LS 500 F SPORT, unveiled today and on display this week at the New York International

Auto Show, moves the driving emotion needle even farther with handling enhancements and a

performance-infused design outside and in.

The original luxury disruptor when it debuted to launch the brand, the Lexus LS has for nearly three

decades set benchmarks for powertrain smoothness, ride quietness, craftsmanship, attention to detail, and

long-term quality. The 2018 LS 500 will offer the most dynamic driving experience in the model’s history;

now it has the possibility of being enhanced further with the new F SPORT model.

Within the Lexus lineup, the F models, including GS F and RC F, are the track-tuned maximum

performance machines. The F SPORT versions, meanwhile, imbue the standard models with a more

engaging driving spirit through carefully applied chassis tuning and enhancements, while still emphasizing

exceptional comfort. On the new LS, the F SPORT model will be available with gas and hybrid

powertrains, and those choosing the RWD V6TT model will have the option of adding the F SPORT

Handling Package to bring a level of liveliness never before seen on the flagship sedan.


Lexus designers didn’t hold back when giving the LS 500 its coupe-like silhouette and dramatic rendition

of the Lexus signature spindle grille that shows even greater intricacy in the design. Developing the

F SPORT grille took computer-aided design (CAD) operators some five months to achieve the desired

texture and interaction with light. Even then, they adjusted 7,100 individual surfaces to achieve the desired

look and texture (compared to 5,000 for the standard model’s grille). And when combined with the

sporty enlarged side grille, it isfunctional as well, helping to maintain the vehicle’s cooling performance.

The special F SPORT front grille, rocker panel, and trunk moldings accentuate the sedan’s rakish profile,

while F SPORT badging on fenders and exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels complete the exterior

transformation. For those looking to really stand out, Ultra White is offered as an F SPORT-exclusive

exterior color.

F SPORT Inside

As it did with the exterior, Lexus shifted the LS 500 cabin into F SPORT spec by applying trim and

features exclusive to this version. A common thread through all LS models remains: Omotenashi, the

concept of Japanese hospitality. Applied to the LS 500, it means taking care of the driver and passengers,

anticipating their needs, attending to their comfort and helping to protect them from hazards. The

F SPORT adds a performance attitude to the mix.

The F SPORT persona shines throughout the cabin, starting with the F SPORT-exclusive front seat, which

provides enhanced support for dynamic driving. A perforated-grill pattern on seating surfaces and unique

scored aluminum trim elements add additional sporty flair.

The driver faces a special F SPORT steering wheel as well as a speedometer and tachometer in a movable

meter with a ring that slides to display information—a design adapted from the limited-production Lexus

LFA supercar and a further expression of the car’s dynamic intentions. Attention to detail shows in the

aluminum accelerator, brake and footrest pedals, as well as the F SPORT perforated shift handle and

footrest. Ultrasuede in the seats and headliner is the crowning touch. For those desiring the ultimate sporty

look, a new Circuit Red interior is available exclusively on F SPORT models.

LS 500 Chassis Details

2018 LS F SPORT models feature the latest generation of the brand’s advanced chassis control

technology, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), which has been refined since its debut

more than a decade ago.

In 2004, Lexus introduced the first integrated control system that combined the previously independent

ABS, traction control, vehicle stability control, and EPS, as well as other functions, into a single system. In

2012, the brand adopted the four-wheel active steering integrated control system—known as Lexus

Dynamic Handling, or LDH—from the GS for enhanced safety and driving performance that responds to

the driver’s intention.

The new VDIM system implements cooperative control of all vehicle subsystems – braking, steering,

powertrain, and suspension – to control basic longitudinal, lateral and vertical motion as well as yaw, roll

and pitch. Optimal control of these motions helps to enable exceptional ride comfort, enhanced traction

and safety and handling agility, and allows for enriched flat vehicle posture during cornering as well as a

more comfortable and stable ride overall.

Sporting Genes

The LS 500 is based on an extended version of the brand’s premium global architecture for luxury

vehicles (GA–L) platform from the new Lexus LC 500 coupe. The stiffest platform that Lexus has ever

developed, GA-L sets the stage for enhanced handling, ride smoothness and cabin quietness. The LS

F SPORT capitalizes on the platform’s responsiveness and agility.

Equipping the LS 500 F SPORT with standard 20-inch wheels and 245/45RF20+ 275/40RF20 tires,

(summer tires for RWD) along with larger front and rear brakes (6-piston calipers on front and 4 pistons

on rear), unlocks more of the platform’s intrinsic performance capability. Opting for the available

F SPORT Handling Package (RWD gas model) equips the LS 500 F SPORT with Lexus Dynamic

Handling (Variable Gear Ratio Steering and Active Rear Steering), Active Stabilizer, and sport-tuned air

suspension with rapid height function. The result is a full-size premium luxury sedan that responds more

like a sports coupe through curves, helping to underline what F SPORT stands for.

415-Horsepower Heart with a 10-Speed Partner

Lexus designed an all-new 3.5-liter V6 engine specifically for the new 2018 LS 500, using twin

turbochargers developed through the company’s F1 technology. This new twin-turbo V6 offers V8-level

performance – 415 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque – paired with the first-ever 10-speed automatic

transmission in luxury sedan.

The engine yields a broad torque curve and, perfectly in tune with the F SPORT spirit, the new engine and

transmission deliver instant acceleration and a constant buildup of torque toward the vehicle’s redline. The

LS 500 is undeniably quick, with a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds (gas RWD). An electric wastegate is among

the features that contribute to the engine’s rapid responses. The driver can tailor powertrain response and

feel by choosing from Normal, Sport S or Sport S+ modes, and just enough of the exhaust note is heard to

enhance the sporty feel.

F SPORT Performance, Hybrid Efficiency

The LS 500h F SPORT infuses high efficiency into the sporting formula. The new Multi Stage Hybrid

System combines a naturally aspirated Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with two electric

motor/generators and uses a compact, lightweight lithium-ion battery. The V6 engine uses D-4S direct

fuel injection, and lightweight valvetrain components, with Dual VVT-i ensuring ample torque across the

engine speed range. Combined system output is 354 hp.

The new system adapts the planetary-type continuously variable transmission from Lexus Hybrid Drive

and also adds a unique four-speed automatic transmission. Working in concert, the two gearsets alter

output in four stages to utilize the V6 engine across the entire speed range.

In manual mode, the two gearsets act together to provide the effect of 10 ratios, giving the LS 500h

F SPORT an enhanced dynamic feel on the road and allowing the driver to shift through the ratios with

paddle shifters. The Multi Stage Hybrid System allows for more electric assist at lower vehicle speeds.

What’s more, this system allows the RWD LS 500h to propel from 0-60 in 5.2 seconds – which is on par

with the previous-generation V8-powered LS 460 and 3 /10th of a second faster than the AWD LS