It was really only a matter of time before Lexus slapped its favorite design element of the moment--the spindle grille--onto the face of its flagship LS sedan. That moment has arrived, as the Japanese luxury car brand has introduced a refreshed 2013 LS line, which, for the first time, now features an F Sport version.
According to the official press statement, "the 2013 LS lineup includes the LS460, the LS460L, the LS600hL hybrid, and the first-ever LS460 F Sport. The LS460 and the LS460L are available in RWD and AWD. The LS hybrid is available with a full-time AWD system."
Aside from its bold new face and tweaked exterior styling, the new LS now has a new instrument panel in the cockpit, incorporating a high-resolution 12.3-inch multimedia display. Several advanced safety innovations found on this revised LS include, among others, a blind spot monitor and a pre-collision system.
Lexus also says that the new LS boasts increased body rigidity, new-frequency shock absorbers, improved steering, adjusted brakes, a next-generation Remote Touch system, and, perhaps most important, standard Drive Mode Select that "allows the driver to choose from three drive settings (Eco, Normal and Sport)" just like on newer Lexus models.
As for the first-ever LS F Sport, Lexus says that "it combines a more aggressive exterior with a unique sport interior featuring F Sport seats with larger bolsters, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, and genuine aluminum trim. With a sport-tuned air suspension that has been lowered 0.4 inch, a Torsen limited slip rear differential (RWD model), Brembo six-piston caliper brakes, and 19-inch forged alloy wheels, the LS F Sport promises to be the most engaging LS ever."
Below is how the menacing LS460 F Sport looks like.