Lexus recently gave us some hands-on time with the F Sport version of their 2013-14 LS 460, which we drove around for a week… and enjoyed thoroughly. So, here we offer a closer look at the luxurious, big-sized sedan.
For the F Sport model, Lexus injects sport into their large sedan. First off, let’s talk power. You’re not going to be drag-racing on a quarter-mile stretch with the LS, but it definitely has some pep. Under the hood is a naturally-aspirated 4.6L V8 engine that produces 386 hp and 367 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to hit the 0 to 60 mark in 5.47 seconds.
The performance upgrades for the LS F Sport includes automatic limited-slip rear differential for improved traction and stability while cornering without taking away power. It’s also fitted with Brembo brakes, so braking is very responsive, while six-piston aluminum calipers with 14.8-inch ventilated rotors allow for enhanced cooling.
Exterior-wise, the sedan is already very nice, but with the added F Sport features gives that much more style. It gets Lexus’ signature spindle grille, which we see across the entire F Sport range, as well as LED foglamps, a front fascia with brake-cooling ducts, rear diffuser, and stylish 19-inch forged alloy wheels. Simplistic and elegant is the best way to describe it, as it’s been Lexus’ mantra for years.
The LS has an interior to match as well. As Lexus’ largest sedan, it’s very roomy with seating for two in the front and three (very comfortably) in the back. Being an F Sport, the interior gets a sporty upgrade — including aluminum pedals, a black Alcantara headliner, and instead of wood trim, carbon-fiber like aluminum is utilized across the dash and door panels. 16-way power driver’s seat and 12-way passenger’s seats are crafted with stitched leather and include embossed F Sport logos on the headrests, while the F Sport badge is also added to the F Sport-specific steering wheel, which boasts paddle shifters as well.
The dash is dominated by a large 12.3-inch LCD, which serves as the hub for the LS, allowing for the control of music, media, navigation, and other entertainment functions through a joystick that sits next to the shifter. This joystick wasn’t our favorite feature and was a bit odd at first, but as the days on, we got the hang of it. But, after talking to others, most either love or hate it. Also near the shifter lies the Drive Mode Select knob, which allows the driver to change the driving mode on the fly, choosing between Economy, Normal, Sport, and Sport + — each offering various levels of suspension, steering, and transmission shifting to fit your mood and driving style.
Overall, the Lexus LS 460 F Sport is a fun and comfortable ride. Compared to other sedans in its class — the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series for example — the Lexus LS offers the best of both worlds. At $86,000, it’s considerable less than its German performance-focused counterparts (M and AMG), and unless you’re really looking for more speed, the F Sport LS gives just enough performance, mixed with their world-class luxury features, not to mention their impeccable reliability reputation.
Special thanks to Lexus, who provided us with the vehicle, insurance and tank of gas for this review.