2018 Lexus LS 500 F-Sport Quick Spin – By: Kyle Edward
LEXUS MOVING INTO A NEW EXCITING DIRECTION WITH THE LS:
The LS had always been known as the quiet, subdued luxury sedan which appealed to your older buyers who didn’t want too much excitement from their car. It was previously looked at as the Lincoln Town car of Japanese descent. Let’s face it, the entire Lexus brand pre-2014 was very boring and lacked a sense of style, they were good cars, just boring. However, things have really changed over the years with the new brand identity which really shines through in cars like the all-new LS and LC. They went from being the some of the most understated vehicles on the planet to having onlookers jaws drop as you drive down the street.
EXCITING FLAGSHIP CHANGES:
Most notably the LS has received a full exterior and interior overhaul. If you compared the current LS with the previous generation, you wouldn’t even think they are the same car. The new design is coupe-like in nature which inspires a sporty emotion, especially when equipped with the F-Sport package which our model had. They’ve finally breathed life into the LS, it’s so satisfying to look at with sleek long lines and masterfully done LED lighting.
AN ATHLETIC DRIVING EXPERIENCE:
Major improvements have been made under the hood, now boasting an all-new twin-turbo V6 with 416 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, significant gains over the outgoing LS model’s naturally aspirated 4.6-liter V8 (386 hp and 367 lb-ft). In RWD form, the new LS 500 sees a 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds, which is incredibly quick for a sedan of this size. I noticed just how much effort Lexus put into engineering this all-new powertrain ensuring it would exceed the performance needs of most drivers. What was once a rather boring car to drive has become one of the most sporty in class; especially when equipped with the F-Sport package which enhances the suspension for a sportier driving experience. Everything really comes together perfectly on the new LS from a driving standpoint.
CHEERS TO THE NEW LS:
I truly loved every moment with the LS, it’s exciting to drive, fun to be seen in and inspires the Lexus brand. When I first caught a glimpse of their new flagship before it hit dealers, I thought to myself, could this really be a Lexus, is it a prototype? It was indeed the new LS which would hit the market exactly as shown. This is an extraordinary time for Lexus, they are finally coming into their own with high-end interior finishes and uniquely styled vehicles.