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Lexus reveals LS F Sport at New York Show

Following on from the regular LS, which was unveiled at the Detroit Show earlier this year, the range-topping F Sport version breaks cover

Words by: First published: 11th April 2017
  • Features unique bodykit and uprated chassis
  • Available either with a petrol engine or as a hybrid
  • No word yet about on-sale date or prices
Lexus has revealed the flagship F Sport version of its LS luxury car ahead of its official debut at the New York Show. It features a unique sporty look inside and out, as well as numerous enhancements to the chassis aimed at delivering what the company calls ‘the most engaging driving experience of any LS yet’.

Compared to the standard LS, which was unveiled at the Detroit Show earlier this year, the F Sport stands out thanks to its unique grille and boot mouldings, along with F Sport badges on the wings and 20-inch alloy wheels. In addition, buyers will also have access to two colours – White Nova and Heat Blue – which will be exclusive to this model.

Inside, too, the F Sport has a unique look, with an exclusive design of front seat, a special steering wheel and instruments taken from the company’s LFA supercar. Topping off the look are aluminium pedals and ‘Ultrasuede’ material on the seats and headliner.
To deliver the promised engaging drive, the F Sport has the very latest version of Lexus’s Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) chassis control system. Although the car’s standard air suspension has a relatively sporty setup, the company claims VDIM agives the car both exceptional ride quality and agile handling, along with less body roll when cornering.

Buyers will have the choice of two engines – a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission in the LS 500, and a petrol-electric hybrid in the LS 500h, combining a 3.5-litre V6 with two electric motors. The cars can dismiss the standard 0-62mph sprint in 4.5 and 5.4 seconds, respectively, but there’s no word yet on their economy or emissions.

Likewise, there’s no word yet on when the car will go on sale or how much it will cost, but we’ll bring you those details just as soon as we have them. However, given that the car is only expected to go on sale in America at the end of this year, we may well have to wait until next year for us Brits to get our hands on one.

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