Lexus adds Sport to its LS line-up
According to their creators the new models on sale later this year boast more than 3,000 changes.
The car gets a new look, most notably using the spindle front grille first seen on the CT200h. New shape vertical fog lights are added with L-shaped, seamless light tube daytime running lights, while LED front and rear lights join the options list.
Efforts to improve the driving performance of the car are topped by changes to its Adaptive Variable Suspension. A new four-wheel interlock control suppresses roll, pitch and heave vibration at all four wheels simultaneously. Lexus says that damping response has been made smoother and more highly controlled to give a flatter, road-hugging ride.
Steering accuracy and turn-in response has been improved we are told, along with the brakes to offer more immediate power and better pedal feel.
Added to the electronics is Drive Mode Select, seen for the first time on a Lexus and combining several systems that were previously adjusted individually into five switchable driving modes.
Eco, Comfort,Normal, Sport S and Sport S+ are each selected by a dial on the front console.
The new F Sport grade sits above the stock LS460 and LS600h models and offers a more sporty styling look and significant driving upgrades, including a 10mm lower ride height, Brembo six-piston calliper front brakes and paddle shift controls.
The rear-wheel drive LS 460 F Sport model also gets a Torsen limited slip differential and automatic throttle blipping on downshifts of the steering wheel paddles.
The F Sport even adds an intake sound generator on the engine for a more impressive audio performance..
There are several refinement improvements across the range. Engine, road and wind noise is more effectively damped, while , new hollow chamber noise reduction wheels can be fitted, which cut noise in the cabin.
A new Lexus Climate Concierge system uses up to 13 sensors around the cabin to offer rapid and precise heating and cooling, across four cabin zones. Lighting is improved, as is the Remote Touch Interface controlling the car’s infotainment systems using a 12.3-inch multimedia display that is big enough to show two types of information simultaneously.
Safety gets an upgrade too, with a new Advanced Pre-Crash Safety system with a collision avoidance function.
Words by: Andrew Charman