Lexus Reveals New 2018 LS 500 F Sport, Says It’s The Most Engaging Yet

The new Lexus LS 500 F Sport has been revealed, claiming the title of the sportiest version in the range.

While it may not be a fully-fledged F model, Lexus says the F Sport version of the LS is more focused towards driving fun, thanks to “carefully applied chassis tuning and enhancements”.

From the outside, there’s no doubting the sporty credentials of this LS, thanks to model-specific elements such as that huge front grille, rocker panel, trunk moldings, a set of exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels and of course the obligatory F Sport badging.

Lexus will offer the new LS F Sport with both powertrains, meaning a 415hp twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 in the LS 500 and the 354hp hybrid powerplant in the LS 500h.

The petrol LS 500 F Sport’s engine is paired to a 10-speed automatic gearbox, a first in the luxury sedan segment. The twin-turbo V6 also features electric wastegates to improve throttle response. Zero to 62mph (100 km/h) comes in 4.5 seconds for the rear-drive version (not currently available to Europe).

In addition to the 20-inch alloys, the new LS 500 F Sport also gets larger 6-piston front and rear 4-piston brakes, a variable steering rack, Dynamic Rear Steering, an active stabilizer and sport-tuned air suspension in order to better take advantage of GA-L platform, the company’s stiffest architecture to date.

As for the LS 500h F Sport, it continues to use a combination of a 3.5-litre V6 with two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack for a combined output of 354hp. Attached to it is a unique four-speed automatic transmission and a CVT. The two gearsets work together in order to offer a more direct feel and better exploit the power reserves.

When set in manual mode, the system provides the effect of having 10 ratios, allowing for greater electric assist on lower speeds and for lower engine rpm at high-speed cruising. In a straight line, it will hit 62mph in 5.4 seconds.


  • I’mCallingYouOut

    well.. the seats look comfortable.

  • ediotsavant

    All Looks No Go. This car seriously need a 500+hp engine.

  • The Watcher

    When LS was a sub 400hp car, people say it needs 400hp. When it’s a 400+ hp, they say it needs 500+hp. LOL Right

    • Tumbi Mtika

      We always want more.


    • Dexterbarnes+MinoreeTee =GAYYY

      But it’s still a mediocre toyota for the faux rich. That will never change. Sorry.

  • U8INIT

    That infotainment is just nasty…do better Lexus!!

    • Mike Sinyaboot

      Regarding the graphics? Control? Both? This new system appears to be graphically crisp but the control seems to be a laptop mouse pad with no dial/controller of any sort.
      I would agree that is a nasty decision to go with. I will always prefer a dial. The Audi MMI dial was one of my favorite things going from a GTI to an S3. I found the touchscreen in the GTI incredibly frustrating to use during simple everyday driving. The new 5 series would be my preference offering both the dial and a touch screen with haptic feedback.

      • U8INIT

        Graphics for sure, the style/font…they look so juvenile in execution and they’ve had it for 100 years. The car does look sexy thou…I would look twice at her…

    • The Watcher

      Look about the same as my GLA. I don’t think it’s that bad.

      • Dexterbarnes+MinoreeTee =GAYYY

        Lies. A GLA looks way better than this thing and it’s gaping hole in the front. 😄

  • Stephen Baxter

    I love my old LS400 so much more with each new LS they put out 🙂

  • Ary Wisesa

    It’s interesting to see so many people have the urge to say negative things for anything that came from Lexus. But, in reality, I find it very difficult to spot the weakness of Lexus vehicles (aside from very subjective opinions like ones based on looks or appearance). Owning a Lexus GS for the 3rd year now, I never had any problem with mine.
    – Comfort? Check. I always happy driving it around while listening to Mark Levinson audio.
    – Power? Check. I feel mine is never out of power on the highway or mountainous road.
    – Handling? Check. It’s very stable and confident in high speed cruising. I bought my Lexus for real life driving, not for the racetrack driving. So I find its handling more than acceptable. Very similar with a 530i E60, but more comfortable.
    – Silence? Check. Hearing is believing. It’s very quiet inside. That’s why listening to Vivaldi in it is a real treat.
    – Reliability? Double check. Mine never had any technical problem. None.
    – Overall ownership satisfaction? Triple check. I think Lexus’ service is far above any brands.

    But still, haters will always gonna hate. But never mind, their opinions really don’t count….

    • Dexterbarnes+MinoreeTee =GAYYY

      Please tell us what is there to hate about an under powered mediocre luxury toyota?

      We know that you’re a Lexus salesman but your overhyped “check” statement isn’t going to move these things off the lot, instead the masses will look at better alternatives from Cadillac and Hyundai. Fyi, 530 E60 is a much better car in both comfort and performance.

      “Haters gonna hate”
      I love when you guys claim that. lol! lol!

  • SteersUright

    About as classy and elegant looking as Flavor Flave, at least the performance stats and interior seem impressive. Lexus needs to come back down to planet Earth and stop designing cars that look like they’re capable of interplanetary travel. Also, this drivetrain setup would’ve worked so much better on a Lexus GS or IS sized vehicle. If this is meant to be an AMG Sport or M-sport alternative, it sure is disappointingly not clearly marketed as such, not that those buyers would ever drive something that looks like this.

    • Dexterbarnes+MinoreeTee =GAYYY

      It can’t be an “AMG alternative” why? It’s cheaper, a bit more generic, underpowered and made for the faux rich. It will cater well to the masses though. 😌

      • SteersUright

        The masses can’t afford even an LS, and much less an upgraded faux AMG competitor version of it. Agreed, its too generic and underpowered. Truly a shame. Lexus build the best made cars in the world yet can’t make them exciting and dynamically capable enough to challenge the Germans AMG, M, and RS lines. Why? They have some of the best minds in the world working there. They made the LFA which was brilliant and also stupidly overpriced. They produced the incredibly capable Supra. And now they need BMW’s help to make the latest version and will use their crappy sounding turbo inline 6? Sad.

        • Dexterbarnes+MinoreeTee =GAYYY

          And who’s buying the LS if the “masses” aren’t. Certainly NOT the wealthy and elite.

          And there is nothing crappy about BMW’s turbo sound unlike the sound coming from Japanese turbos and fart can exhausts. toyolexus was developed on mimicing and imitating Mercedes, BMW and Audi they succeeded for a while utilizing that concept but these days who wants immitation? Who wants to “fake it”? I definitely don’t. Do you? That’s where the Masses come in. This is Lexus’ bread and butter, creating products for those who want to feel a bit richness in their life, those who don’t know better and those desperate to say hey look I’ve arrived. Not quite rich but I’m well on my way.

          They went from “the relentless pursuit of perfection” to experience amazing. Haha.

          Yes quite sad indeed.

  • Scott Harpel

    and S Class sales increase again….

  • Dexterbarnes+MinoreeTee =GAYYY

    Nice immitation of a Hyundai.