The 2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport is the sportiest embodiment of the new flagship large sedan LS. Lexus applies F Sport treatment to many of its vehicles, even hybrids. And it’s not just for a cosmetic effect, even if the powers remain the same. This new generation of LS made its official debut in January at the Detroit show, and among its top features, there was a first 10-speed automatic.
For this generation, Lexus is slipping into the economic trend, abandoning the old V8 in favor of a LS 500 double-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine, using the unique Lexus fuel system that chooses between the direct injection and port. This engine handles 416 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque, which moves this 4700-pound luxury sedan well. The automatic transmission has a huge 10 speeds,
To redefine LS’s credentials in the segment it once changed, Lexus is making this fifth-generation luxury sedan bigger, more powerful, and more stylish than ever before. The front, with its prominent spindle grille and sharply tilted headlights, is largely in line with Lexus’ current design language. But beyond that, the designers took a little more liberties with the profile of the car, introducing a fluid character line on the side and softer, more rounded shapes around the rear fenders; they are refreshing changes to the crisper and creased aesthetic found in the rest of the Lexus lineup. The LS also breaks with the tradition of the conventional three-box form with a more discreet rear glass and a downward curving D-pillar, suggesting that Lexus wants to make comparisons with cars like the Audi A7 and the Porsche Panamera.
Lexus has built its reputation largely on a flawless mounting quality inside and out, and the new 2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport is looking to carry this torch. Smooth, velvety leather permeates the cabin, and a beautifully sculpted dashboard design is more daring than anything you’ll find in Lexus’ current showroom. Customers can choose from several types of woodwork, and the ambient lighting would be inspired by Japanese lanterns. Each door panel is skillfully designed, too, incorporating a gorgeous wood inlay, a very detailed speaker grille, and an armrest that seems to be floating. Overall, the new LS seems to compete with the wow factor from inside the latest Mercedes-Benz S-Class, at least based on first impressions. A large 12.3-inch central display screen is controlled by a new version of Lexus’s remote touch interface, with a supposedly smarter new operation that should enhance the clunkiness of the current touchpad. As in the LC, rotary knobs to select driving mode and stability control adjustment are mounted on the top of the gauge box, a nod to the Lexus LFA supercar.
With the size, presence and sumptuous interior of a true flagship sedan, the price of the 2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport is expected to increase accordingly. It is currently an economic alternative to the Germans, with a MSRP of $ 73,495, but the starting cost of the new model is expected to approach six digits, as are the S550 (base price $ 97,525) and the 750i (base price). $ 95,595). The LS500 will be on sale by the end of 2017.