Having debuted the reinvented flagship sedan in 2018 - the all-new LS - Lexus is putting an exclamation point on this signature model with the new F Sport model. The LS F Sport, according to Lexus, moves the driving emotion needle even further with handling enhancements and a performance-infused design outside and in.
The Lexus LS has for nearly three decades set benchmarks for powertrain smoothness, ride quietness, craftsmanship, attention to detail, and long-term quality. Lexus believes the 2019 LS offers the most dynamic driving experience in the model’s history; especially with the addition of the new F Sport model.
Available with a petrol powertrain, this new model benefits from “carefully-applied chassis tuning and enhancements”, but is said to deliver on the drive comfort Lexus is so famously known for. The package is topped off with bespoke F Sport styling.
Lexus says that while the focus of the F Sport model is on driver dynamics, the LS 500 is more luxury-biased and includes features such as the vibrating seat massage function for the front and rear seats, as well as front and rear seat ventilation among others.
Lexus shifted the LS cabin into F Sport spec by applying trim and features exclusive to this version. The F Sport persona shines throughout the cabin, starting with the F Sport-exclusive front seats, a perforated-grill pattern on seating surfaces, and aluminum trim elements add an additional sporty flair.
The driver faces a special F Sport steering wheel, as well as a speedometer and tachometer adapted from the limited-production Lexus LFA supercar. Attention to detail shows in the aluminum accelerator, brake and footrest pedals, as well as the F Sport perforated shift handle and footrest.
The dashboard has a sweeping array of fixed, horizontal metal fins spanning its full width, neatly concealing the movable fins that direct airflow from the air conditioning vents. The information displays are positioned at a uniform height in a “seat-in-control” layout that allows the driver to view and operate all the systems without changing their body posture.
Four interior colours are available: White; Black, White and Grey, as well as Flare Red.
Twin-turbo V6 engine
The all-new 3.5-litre V6 engine has been designed specifically for the new LS. The engine is indicative of the more dynamic approach taken by Lexus, offering V8-level power without sacrificing fuel economy whilst minimising noise and vibration. The LS F Sport’s output figures are 310kW and 600Nm of torque at 6000rpm. The engine’s long stroke and optimised stroke-to-bore ratio contribute to high-speed combustion and the efficiency of the twin turbos, helping the LS post a projected 0 - 100km/h acceleration time of five seconds.
As with the LS 500, the driver is able to tailor powertrain response and feel by selecting Normal, Eco, Sport and Sport S+ drive modes, with just enough of the exhaust note being audible to enhance the sporty feel.
The LS marks the first use of a 10-speed automatic transmission in a luxury sedan, the system having made its debut in the new LC coupe. It is a torque converter automatic, yet with shift times that rival those of dual-clutch transmissions.
Top speed for the LS is electronically governed to 250 km/h and fuel consumption is listed as 9.5-litres/100km.
Price and service information
The Lexus LS F Sport retails for R1 975 900. The LS-range has a best-in-class 7-year or 105 000km warranty and full maintenance plan.
The vehicle’s service intervals are at every 15 000km, alternatively once a year. The other model in the range is the luxury-focused LS 500, which retails for R2 151 100.