Following the release of a teaser image last week, Lexus has taken the wraps off its all-new LS 500 F Sport at the New York Motor Show.
Earlier this year Lexus introduced the LS 500 luxury sedan and the hybridised LS 500h to the world. Now, Lexus has revealed the sporty LS 500 F Sport which has made its global debut at the New York Motor Show.
The LS 500 F Sport is based on an extended version of the brand’s GA-L platform and Lexus promises the “most engaging LS driving experience yet”. Furthermore, according to Lexus, the LS 500 F Sport offers “enhanced handling, ride smoothness and cabin quietness”.
The LS 500 F-Sport will be powered by the same twin turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 motor that does service in the new LS sedan offering 310 kW and 600 Nm of torque. Lexus will also offer the hybrid powertrain of the LS 500h, combining a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with two electric motors for a total power output of 264 kW. A 10-speed automatic will lay power to the tar via the rear wheels with Lexus claiming 0-100 kph in 4.5 seconds for the LS 500 F Sport with the 3.5-litre V6 engine. In comparison, the LS 500h F-Sport makes use of a 4-speed automatic transmission and a CVT with a claimed 0-100 kph sprint time of 5.2 seconds. Larger brakes are fitted for enhanced stopping power and Lexus is also offering a handling package that includes variable-ratio steering, rear-wheel steering, a sport-tuned air suspension and an Active Stabiliser anti-roll-bar system for a sportier driving experience.
The LS 500 F Sport features a newly designed spindle grille that looks rather menacing, attractive side skirts, 20-inch alloy wheels and boot mouldings. Bolstered seats are found inside along with an F Sport steering wheel and a new instrument cluster. Aluminium trim elements are seen throughout the interior and the headliner is in suede.
The new Lexus LS has been confirmed for local launch in the first quarter of 2018. We will keep you updated as local specification and pricing details become available.