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Lexus Unveils F Sport Line for LS 500

Sportier look comes with mild performance upgrade

Mark Rechtin
Apr 11, 2017

Similar to upgrades it makes with the rest of its lineup, Lexus unveiled an F Sport variant to its LS 500 flagship, which goes on sale late this year.

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.

2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport rear end Photo 2/30   |   2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport rear end

The F Sport also offers an available handling package, which includes Lexus Dynamic Handling (variable gear ratio steering and active rear steering), an active stabilizer, and sport-tuned air suspension with rapid height function.

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 060 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.

The F Sport is also about putting on the appearance of track-tuned wildness—as seen with its racy rocker panels and trunk moldings.

2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport interior overview Photo 6/30   |   2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport interior overview

Although it might take some keen eyes to notice, the LS 500's spindle grille has been altered for the F Sport model—requiring five months of computer-aided design work. Lexus says there are 7,100 individual surfaces to the F Sport grille, compared to 5,000 for the base model. But who's counting?

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 mode—a trick borrowed from the LFA supercar.

By Mark Rechtin
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