Following a teaser last week, Lexus has now lifted the veil on the new LS 500 F Sport package, adding a distinct spice to the luxury limousine.
As Lexus fans will be happy to tell you, the company offers a sporty F Sport option package on all variants in the showroom. This is basically a trim level for most models, packing together a number of racy highlights.
For the latest LS flagship sedan, the F Sport kit is no different. It brings in a bespoke bodykit giving the LS a very enthusiastic tone which it mightn’t otherwise have, with big air intakes in the front end and a giant black grille.
There’s also some unique 20-inch alloy wheels featuring black inner sections, with dark side sill highlights and boot mouldings. For the ultimate contrast, Lexus is offering the F Sport package in an exclusive Ultra White paint colour option.
It’s not just about cosmetics though. The package goes further than skin-deep, with special suspension updates helping to provide a more sporty drive. The on-board Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) control is also retuned, with optimisation of the braking, steering, powertrain and suspension. Buyers wanting more can also option for the Handling Package.
Inside, it’s tastefully decorated in a luxurious yet sporty theme, with unique bucket seats covered in perforated leather and ‘ultrasuede’, while the driver gets an F Sport steering wheel, aluminium pedals, and an adjustable instrument cluster with digital gauges.
No changes are made under the bonnet. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing considering the new LS 500 debuts a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 that churns out 310kW and 600Nm. Accelerating from 0-100km/h takes just 4.5 seconds. Buyers will also be able to option the F Sport pack for the LS 500h hybrid model, which is able to scoot from 0-100km/h in 5.2 seconds.