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Lexus flagship gets the F Sport touch

Bowing at the New York International Auto Show, the LS 500 F Sport takes the Lexus LS 500 flagship model a step higher in performance.

  • Lexus LS 500 F Sport

NEW YORK, NY: The Lexus LS 500 flagship sedan, shown earlier this year, has evolved with the 2018 LS 500 F Sport model shown at the New York International Auto Show.

Within the Lexus hierarchy, F Sport examples are track tuned for maximum performance.

The LS 500 F Sport has the brand’s latest Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system that combines braking, steering, powertrain, and suspension – to control basic longitudinal, lateral and vertical motion as well as yaw, roll and pitch.

Lexus created an all-new 3.5-litre twin turbo V6 using Formula One technology for 415 hp and 442 lb/ft of torque mated to the first-ever 10-speed automatic transmission found in a luxury sedan.

The engine uses electric waste gates to increase response while the driver can chose from three performance programs – Normal, Sport S or Sport S+.

The F Sport has 20-inch wheels and larger front and rear brakes than the LS 500 with six-piston calipers front and four-piston calipers at the rear.

Lexus said computer designers spent five months to get the F Sport grille to look right in terms of texture and when viewed in the light.

The larger grille is also functional working with the enlarged lower vents to assist in cooling.

Inside, Omotenashi, the idea of Japanese hospitality, is part of the interior design philosophy starting with a special F Sport front seat for the driver and the unique F Sport steering wheel and motor meter, ring-shaped display showing speed and revs developed from the Lexus LFA supercar.

Lexus LS 500 F Sport

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