Lexus LS F Sport revealed ahead of NY debut

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Just three months after making its debut in Detroit, the Lexus LS flagship sedan is back in the United States for the New York Auto Show, but this time it's being presented as a sportscar, rather than simply a luxury full-size executive sedan. The new performance-oriented trim includes F Sport aesthetic touches and a new handling package for Lexus' halo sedan.

Like other "F Sport" cars in the Lexus range, the two LS F Sports don't recieve any more power - the LS 500 F Sport will still use a 409bhp twin-turbocharged 3.5 V6, and the LS 500 h F Sport will use a 349bhp V6 hybrid.

Engine and total system output stay the same for both models, but drivers should notice the upgrades elsewhere in the chassis, like bigger brakes and optimized chassis control system that should help the sedan's performance.

Available on the LS 500 and LS 500h, the package adds a sportier tune to the onboard Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system which controls electronic chassis systems such as the stability and traction control as well as the braking, steering, powertrain, and suspension.

The Lexus LS 500 F Sport adds styling cues such as a tweaked grille, rocker panel, trunk moldings, 20-inch wheels and lots of F Sport badges inside and out.

Look for the new 2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport to arrive this fall at Lexus dealers.

Inside, the F Sport gets bolstered seats with perforated leather and suede, aluminium pedals, an F Sport steering wheel and instruments influenced by the LFA. A new color scheme, circuit red, is available exclusively on F Sport models. Lexus says the designers adjusted 7,100 individual surfaces to achieve the desired look and texture, compared to 5,000 for the standard grille. There are also larger front and rear brakes (6-piston calipers at the front and 4-piston at the rear) as well as staggered 20-inch wheels with (245/45RF20+ tires at the front and 275/40RF20 at the rear).

There are no changes to the drivetrains of either LS F Sport model.

That was followed just two months later by the "real" LS - the new Lexus LS 500h Hybrid - which bowed in at the Geneva Motor Show - and now we get the "Sporty" LS. Lexus claims that's good for 4.5 seconds to 60 miles per hour. The twin-turbo V6 also features electric wastegates to improve throttle response.

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