2018 Lexus LS 500 puts on sharp F SPORT kit for New York

Wearing a tracksuit to a formal event never looked so appropriate

Unveiled earlier this year, the all-new Lexus LS has already been given the F SPORT appearance package.

Debuting at the New York Auto Show, the F SPORT package brings both design tweaks and performance upgrades for Lexus' flagship.

The 2018 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT has a more focused look thanks to a more aggressive main grille and enlarged side grilles that also contribute to improving engine cooling.

Other changes include more pronounced rocker panels, trunk moldings, exclusive 20-inch alloys and F SPORT badging on fenders. The kit also comes with two exclusive colors: White Nova and Heat Blue.

The sporty theme continues inside, with the LS 500 F SPORT gaining exclusive front seats with enhanced support, an F SPORT steering wheel, as well as LFA-inspired speedometer and tachometer with a meter ring that slides to display information.

The luxury sedan also features aluminum pedals and trim, and F SPORT perforated shift handle and footrest. As an option, a new Circuit Red interior is available exclusively on F SPORT models.

Equipped with Lexus' latest generation of advanced chassis control technology called Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), the 2018 LS F SPORT models get standard 20-inch wheels and larger brakes (six-piston calipers on front and four-piston on rear).

In addition, the rear-wheel-drive LS 500 F SPORT is equipped with LDH (Variable Gear Ratio Steering and Dynamic Rear Steering), Active Stabilizer, and a sport-tuned air suspension with rapid height function. As a result, Lexus claims the full-size luxury sedan responds more like a sports coupe through curves.

The F SPORT pack is offered both on the 415 hp LS 500 (RWD) and the 354 hp LS 500h (RWD). The former is powered by an all-new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that delivers 415 hp and 442 lb-ft (599 Nm) of torque and is linked with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The LS 500 covers the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint in 4.5 seconds, while the LS 500h is 0.7 seconds slower.

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