Dec 11, 2012– Brussels, Belgium (Techreleased) – Lexus is currently launching a new version of its flagship LS in Europe. With over 730,000 units sold during its 23 years, four generation history (the majority of which are still on the road), the LS has grown and evolved with the times. It has also been awarded a series of internationally recognized prizes not only in Europe but also in the US and other regions.
Building on its past achievements and success, the new LS delivers numerous improvements including design, packaging and driving dynamics enhancements.
Building on the improved driving dynamics of the standard LS, the LS F SPORT brings an even more sporty and agile driving experience with:
- 10mm lowered air suspension
- Enhanced body rigidity
- Torsen ® limited slip differential
- Active Stabilizer system
- Intake sound creator for an engaging engine sound
F SPORT Design:
- Exclusive exterior design
- Enhanced sports seats, leather steering wheel with paddle shifts, and exclusive trim and colour schemes
Enhanced driving dynamics for the whole LS range
The driving dynamics of the new LS have been rigorously upgraded to combine the refinement, ride comfort and high speed stability appropriate to the flagship of the Lexus model range with greater handling agility and a more sporting and engaging driving experience.
Body rigidity has been improved and aerodynamics enhanced to offer an even flatter, road-hugging ride with excellent damping characteristics for maximum comfort. The electric power steering and the air suspension system incorporating enhanced Adaptive Variable Suspension have been revised to improve steering feel and response, vehicle agility and high speed stability.
Brake pedal feel and operation have been improved to offer superior brake response and effectiveness. And a new Drive Mode Select system features up to five switchable driving modes to optimise the driver’s preferred combination of economy, comfort, performance and handling characteristics.
Following the recent development within the Lexus brand moving towards more sporty, dynamic and emotional vehicles, the LS range received an extension, it now includes an all-new LS F SPORT.
F SPORT Driving Dynamics
Building on the enhanced driving dynamics of the standard LS, the engineers worked on improving even further the sportive and dynamic character of the F SPORT models by making its chassis set-up more agile to enhance traction, grip, handling agility and driver involvement.
The multilink sports air suspension system has been lowered by 10 mm and rear suspension member brace reinforcement added to further enhance body rigidity, giving a flatter, more stable ride and improving chassis response to steering inputs.
The rear-wheel drive LS 460 F SPORT is equipped with a torque-sensing, Torsen® limited slip differential, which optimally distributes torque between the rear wheels, enhancing traction for faster acceleration out of corners. Exclusive to full hybrid F SPORT models, an Active Stabiliser system combines a flat ride posture and superior ride comfort with enhanced body control and steering response precision during high-performance driving. Brembo® 6-pot front brake callipers offer the smooth, highly stable braking performance appropriate to the F SPORT range.
All LS F SPORT models offer steering wheel mounted, paddle shift manual override transmission control. Unique to rear-wheel drive LS 460 models, the paddle shift incorporates automatic throttle blipping on downshifts for a smooth, highly engaging driving experience.
Recognising that an engaging engine sound is essential to a sporting driving experience, the LS 460 F SPORT package adds an intake sound creator to the engine. The sound creator uses a damper that amplifies the vibration of the intake pulse and introduces it as a pleasing note into the cabin, whilst all unnecessary noise remains eliminated.
F SPORT Design
Designed for owners who prefer driving themselves, the LS F SPORT extends both the equipment specification and performance of both V8 petrol and full hybrid models. Its more aggressive and bolder design includes a mesh-pattern spindle grille with a black-finish surround, larger cooling openings and simple round fog lamps. It is also equipped with 19’’ wheels. The lowered rear bumper incorporates a chrome-plated bar running along the bottom edge to accentuate the lower centre of gravity.
F SPORT models are available in a choice of seven exterior colours of which one, White Nova, is specifically developed for this model. In the interior, two exclusive colour schemes are complemented by an Alcantara roof head lining and a solid aluminium ornamentation.
16-way electrically adjustable, F SPORT authentic sports seats offer excellent holding performance, enhanced by 25% over the previous ones. Their dynamic design incorporates perforated leather upholstery with grade-specific white and grey stitching.
The F SPORT-exclusive interior is completed with a bespoke, dimple perforated leather steering wheel with paddle shifters, a matching leather gear lever, and sporting aluminium pedals and scuff plates.
The new LS 460 is available as a rear- or all-wheel drive. The full hybrid LS 600h is, as standard, all-wheel drive and –on F SPORT versions- fitted with an active stabiliser system. Both models are available as long wheelbase (LS 600h L in all European markets and LS 460 L in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and the Caucasus region).