Lexus’ sportier S-Class rival gets bigger alloys, more aggressive styling and handling-honing chassis tech

The Lexus LS F Sport has been revealed at the New York motor show, with more aggressive styling than its standard sibling, with two large air intakes flanking Lexus’ signature ‘Spindle’ grille.

20in alloy wheels are also fitted as standard, shod in 245/45 and 275/40 tyres. Two new colours – shades of blue and white - are exclusive to the F Sport, too.

Inside, the F Sport gets more bolstered seats with perforated leather and Ultrasuede, as well as aluminium pedals and footrest. An F Sport steering wheel also features, as do instruments derived from those in the LFA supercar. Ultrasuede is also used on the F Sport’s headliner.

Mechanical upgrades include bigger brakes – six-piston front and four-piston rear units – and air suspension specially set up for a sportier ride, while Lexus’ Dynamic Handling tech, which tweaks the ABS, traction control, ESC and steering to control the way the car behaves at different speeds.

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Lexus’ chassis control tech is fitted in its most advanced iteration in the LS F Sport, and is claimed to control the car’s ride and flatness around corners, as well as provide greater comfort, by tweaking the brake response, steering and suspension. Three drive modes are selectable; Normal, Sport S or Sport S+, which tweak the chassis control system’s settings.

Under the bonnet, there’s either a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 producing 415bhp and 442lb ft torque in the LS 500 or the same engine mated to an electric motor for the LS 500h with 295bhp and 261lb ft; both with 10-speed automatic gearboxes.

The former manages 0-62mph in 4.5sec, while the mild hybrid takes a more leisurely 5.4sec, but can be used in electric-only mode at up to 87mph. Lexus is yet to announce the hybrid’s electric-only range, but the range is expected to be around 30 miles; the same as the updated Mercedes-Benz S500 hybrid.

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11 April 2017
More gobbledygook. Higher profile tyres on the front than the rear with the same width and diameter? I don't think so. And the engine power outputs suggested make no sense. Why would the same engine lose so much power and torque with the addition of a hybrid electric motor? I don't understand how people can get a job at Autocar and not have an inner sense that what they are writing is deeply odd.

11 April 2017
I'd imagine it's the same engine minus one or both turbos...

22 May 2018

Great review and great car. I like the styling, the sound can be improved even more (if you can buy this car, you can buy an aftermarket exhaust). I would take this over BMW and perhaps even over Audi. run 3

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