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New York 2017: Lexus LS 500 F SPORT Makes World Debut

The all-new 2018 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT
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Guillaume Rivard
The most exhilarating LS ever produced

It was just a natural progression of things that Lexus would, after launching the next generation of its Lexus LS sedan, produce a racier, more excitement-inducing F SPORT version. And that’s exactly what the luxury automaker delivered this week at the 2017 New York International Auto Show.

Upgrades in the 2018 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT include elements touching on road handling and a performance-oriented design conception, both inside and out.

For starters there’s the F SPORT grille (the fruit of 5 months of hard design labor), which delivers an immediate extra visual punch while aiding in cooling the vehicle. It also features special F SPORT moldings, as do the bottom of the chassis and the trunk. Exclusive F SPORT badging decorates the fenders, and also-exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels complete the transformation of this LS into a sleek speed-monger.

Once inside, exclusive F SPORT front seats provide improved support, and overall the unique look of this version is cemented by the presence perforated-grill pattern on the seating as well as aluminum trim elements, all of which send the same message of sleek sportiness. The driver’s main tool is a special F SPORT steering wheel, and within easy line of sight are a speedometer and tachometer in a movable meter, fitted with a meter ring that slides to display information – a concept borrowed from the Lexus LFA supercar. Lexus has also included an optional Flare Red interior scheme, available only for the F SPORT.

The 2018 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT benefits from the latest technology touching on chassis control, larger brakes (with 6-piston calipers in front and 4-piston calipers in back), an active stabiliser system and sport-tuned air suspension with rapid height function.

The basic mechanics of the F SPORT actually remain unchanged: 415 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque, wedded to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
When the F SPORT arrives on the Canadian market and how much it will cost have not yet been announced by Lexus. Stay tuned for more info as we get it.

Guillaume Rivard
Guillaume Rivard
Automotive expert