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Lexus Reveals 2018 LS F Sport

Lexus Reveals 2018 LS F Sport

Since debuting in January at the Detroit Auto Show, Lexus has slowly been rolling out its new flagship sedan, the LS. The final piece of the LS puzzle is being put together at this year’s New York Auto Show with the reveal of the 2018 LS F Sport model. Sadly there’s no power increase to report, but there are some chassis and design enhancements.

As typical of Lexus F Sport models, the LS F Sport features a unique front clip design that is slightly bolder than the regular LS 500 and LS 500h. Subsequently it gains unique rocker panels and larger side grilles to give it an overall more athletic appearance, at least for a large sedan.

F Sport buyers will gain a few chassis and handling goodies to bring out the car’s natural handling abilities, according to Lexus. The list of additions includes a variable ratio steering rack and active rear steering to enable better handling. The regular LS’ air suspension also gains a new active stabilizer system to achieve better cornering ability.

Rounding out the mechanical changes are new brakes at all four corners. The front brakes are swapped with six caliper units, while four caliper units rest in the rear. A unique 20-inch wheel covers up said brakes.

Inside the F Sport is similar to other Lexus models, meaning there’s revised front seats to hold passengers in place, as well as a unique steering wheel design and color selection.

LS buyers will be able to add the F Sport option to either the LS 500 or LS 500h when it goes on sale in early 2018.





 

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  1. member12
    germeezy1
    I would like to personally know what curmudgeon at Lexus decided on V6 power only in a class where a V8 is quite frankly expected.


    Probably the one that knows that the Lexus GS is being canceled so they need a lower cost LS to help fill the gap.

    I sincerely think that the additional sales of the all new Lexus NX crossover is disguising the fact that the new Lexus styling is seeing a lukewarm reception for everything other than their sporty Lexus IS. IMO this is a major opening for Lexus's competitors. A lot of people want a contemporary luxury vehicle without the cartoon-like grill.

    I was hoping that the next generation Lexus products would better integrate the grill than the "refreshed" older models. It looks good on the sports coupe (RC), but not so much on the Lexus RX or the new LS.
    germeezy1
    I would like to personally know what curmudgeon at Lexus decided on V6 power only in a class where a V8 is quite frankly expected.
    member12
    That's one ugly car.

    megeebee
    It looks like it's been in an accident.
    SalCollaziano
    I wish they'd just go back to building nice luxury cars...
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