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2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport: New York Auto Show

What Is It?

The 2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport is the sportiest incarnation of the new LS large flagship sedan. Lexus applies the F Sport treatment to several of its vehicles, even hybrids. And it’s not just for cosmetic effect, even if the power ratings stay the same.

This fresh generation of LS made its official debut in January at the Detroit show, and among its newsworthy features was a world-first 10-speed automatic transmission.

The F Sport version gets a dedicated grille (still based on the huge “spindle” grille of the regular car), 20-inch alloy wheels, sport seats, aluminum cabin highlights (including the pedals and footrest), a special steering wheel and upgraded 6-piston brakes up front with 4-piston brakes at the back. Lexus also offers Ultra White exterior paint and a Circuit Red interior color scheme exclusively for F Sport models.

In rear-drive, nonhybrid form, it’s possible to order a handling pack that includes a sport-tuned air suspension, rear-wheel steering and active anti-roll bars. Considering the new LS is based on the same platform as the LC 500 Coupe, there’s every indication that this could finally be a luxurious Lexus with some driving thrills.

The regular LS 500 F Sport has a 415-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 and offers the option of all-wheel drive. The LS 500h F Sport is the eco-friendlier version, with a combined output of 354 hp and a “multi-stage hybrid transmission.”

How Much?

To be announced, but no doubt breaking into six figures.

When Can You Get It?

The 2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport will be available around the end of 2017.

Add It to Your Shopping List Because… 

As well as the exemplary build quality, reliability and luxury appointments, you want something more interesting than the previous-generation LS.

Other Cars to Consider 

2018 Audi A8 — A new generation is coming for the 2018 model year and looks like a winner.

2017 BMW 7 Series — Intriguing lightweight construction, excellent handling and wonderful gadgets. The best 7 Series yet, and a superb luxury sedan.

2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class — The luxury sedan that serves as the benchmark for the category. Comforting and clever in equally high degrees.

Used Rolls-Royce Phantom — Let’s be honest: Anyone considering a Lexus LS clearly doesn’t mind styling that some might see as challenging. And although the Phantom has no sporty side, it comes with a level of cosseting that could almost make you weep with joy.

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Colin Ryan
Colin Ryan specializes in writing about new cars. But he has also covered trucks, vans, 3-wheelers, even the occasional motorbike. That’s the kind of thing that happens while contributing to the Los Angeles Times, Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Popular Mechanics, Variety, Mazda and Lexus customer magazines, as well as many enthusiast sites and publications. He was also a staff writer at BBC Top... Read More

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