The Lexus LX has been totally redesigned for 2022, and the lineup has expanded to include nomenclature typically reserved for sporty coupes and sedans: F Sport.
The first-ever LX 600 F Sport Handling features the same engine found in every LX, but several performance and aesthetic upgrades make this trim unique within the LX lineup.
Power comes from a twin-turbo V6 producing 409 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive comes standard.
Pricing for the 2022 Lexus LX starts at $88,245, but the F Sport Handling model crosses the six-figure threshold, starting at $102,345.
Let’s look at the unique touches that distinguish the new LX 600 F Sport Handling.
Sporty Appearance Package
The sporty appearance package is the most striking difference between the F Sport Handling model and other LX trims. The prominent spindle grille features a blacked-out mesh insert, and more tasteful black trim is placed throughout the body. It rides on 22-inch wheels with a dark gray metallic finish, and the black front brake calipers bear the “Lexus” name.
Lexus tweaked the suspension of the LX 600 F Sport Handling with performance dampers to make this big SUV more sure-footed without sacrificing its off-road capabilities. The sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension System offers 650 levels of damping and defaults to a lower center of gravity at highway speeds to improve aerodynamics and stability. Lexus claims this system can reduce body roll by almost 25 percent when detecting a sharp turn.
Torsen Limited-Slip Differential
A Torsen limited-slip differential improves traction and power delivery in some situations, while a rear stabilizer helps minimize body roll. This is still a 5,600-pound behemoth of a vehicle, mind you, but one that’s a bit more responsive and eager than anything else in the LX 600 lineup.
Specially designed sport seats in the LX 600 F Sport Handling enhance hold against lateral G-forces without sacrificing luxurious comfort. You could go the conservative route with a black semi-aniline leather interior, but the F Sport Handling trim has a unique interior option. A 2-tone black and Circuit Red leather interior is exclusive to this trim, and it’s a nice touch if you’re going for a sportier look.
Hadori Aluminum Trim
Another unique interior detail to the LX 600 F Sport Handling is Hadori aluminum interior trim. The other trims of the new LX have multiple luxurious open-pore wood trim options. However, this exclusive aluminum trim brings a decidedly sporty look to this premium interior. According to Lexus, it’s inspired by a Japanese sword’s temper pattern.