After many spy shots and a series of teaser images, the new generation Lexus LS finally made its official debut in San Francisco. For the 2013 model year, the LS will be offered in four trim levels: LS 460, LS 460L, LS 600hL Hybrid, and the first-ever LS 460 F-Sport.
As expected, the new generation Lexus LS has received a new exterior design language that has already been featured on the GS sedan. The F-Sport version, however, will get a more aggressive exterior look, combined with improved driving dynamics and a sportier interior. It has received the usual F-Sport elements, including an enhanced three-dimensional mesh grille, larger cooling openings, a black grille surround, 19" forged wheels, sports seats, and different aluminum trims for the interior. Lexus will also be offering an exclusive Ultra White exterior paint for the new LS 460 F-Sport.
UPDATE 08/06/12: Lexus has released the official walk-around video for the LS 460 F-Sport. Check out the 4-minute video by clicking on the image above!
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Lexus LS 460 F-Sport.
Exterior and Interior
The F-Sport version will be distinguished from the other LS versions in the line-up thanks to a more aggressive design language. Its exterior combines an enhanced three-dimensional mesh grille, larger cooling openings, black grille surround, and round fog lamps. The F-Sport language continues onto the rear with a chrome-plated bar running along the bottom edge of the rear bumper and F-Sport exterior badges. Lexus will be offering an exclusive Ultra White exterior paint and a new set of 19" forged wheels with summer or all-season tires to further differentiate this model. Since this is an F-Sport model, there will also be a sport tuned air suspension that has been lowered 0.4 inches, a Torsen limited slip rear differential (RWD model), and Brembo six-piston caliper brakes.
For the interior, the new LS 460 F-Sport gets sports seats with larger bolsters, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, and genuine aluminum trim.
The 2013 LS 460 F-Sport will still be powered by the same 4.6-liter V8 engine found in the standard model that delivers a total of 386 HP and 367 lb-ft of torque for the RWD version and 360 HP and 347lb-ft for the AWD version. The engine, which will be mated to an eight-speed sequential shift automatic transmission, will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 130 mph (electronically limited).
Prices for the new Lexus LS 460 F-Sport will be announced at a later date.
The list of competitors for the new Lexus LS 460 F-Sport will be the same as with the standard model and will include models like the Audi A8, the BMW 7-Series, and the Mercedes S-Class.
The Audi A8 just entered its third generation for the 2011 model year and comes with a 4.2 FSI V8 engine that delivers an impressive 372 hp and 328.22 lb-ft torque at 3,500 rpm. The BMW 7-Series has also been refreshed for the 2013 model year. It comes with an updated exterior and interior, as well as a pretty impressive engine line-up ranging from the 258 HP 3-liter straight-six petrol engine found in the entry-level 730i up to a 544 HP V12 engine found in the top version, the 760i.
The competitor in this group that is still a little behind is the Mercedes S-Class. Mercedes is preparing an updated version with exterior and interior modifications, an impressive list of new technologies, more efficient engines, and a nine-speed automatic gearbox. If these changes are what Mercedes is making them out to be, then the S-Class will finally be up to par and ready to take on these competitors.
More aggressive look
Improved driving dynamics
Only one engine option