Is the new Lexus LS F Sport proof that Lexus has grown a pair?

After months of hype, the Lexus LS F Sport was finally revealed Monday evening at a star-studded event in San Francisco. The sport version of Lexus' flaghsip executive sedan brings a bit of styling edge to the luxury brand's beige but otherwise bulletproof cars. The unveiling, which was broadcasted live around the world via Facebook,  featured ramblings about design from Barney's Creative Ambassador Simon Doonan and designer Jonathan Adler. Lexus' attempts to make the event cool left us feeling a bit skeptical about the actual tweaks and improvements. But there's no doubting the Lexus LS F Sport adds some well needed edge to the executive sedan while retaining the things that make the LS one of the best selling luxury cars of all time.

Is the new Lexus LS F Sport proof that Lexus has grown a pair?

The anti-climactic drama of the unveiling aside, the Lexus LS F looks refreshingly sharpened. It's similar to the 2012 Lexus LS, whose styling remained untouched for six years, but with a tad more aggression. Attempts to modernize the reserved styling include new headlamps, LED fog lamps and the hour-glass grill which is now part of the Lexus brand image.

Is the new Lexus LS F Sport proof that Lexus has grown a pair?

Is the new Lexus LS F Sport proof that Lexus has grown a pair?

But the big difference between the standard LS and and the F Sport models is the sport-tuned air suspension which hunkers the big sedan down on its 19in wheels. Behind the massive alloys are Brembo sourced brakes. Lexus has also  livened up the steering which can now be tuned through the F sport's five adjustable driving modes.

Is the new Lexus LS F Sport proof that Lexus has grown a pair?

Is the new Lexus LS F Sport proof that Lexus has grown a pair?

Power has been upped from 380 HP to 386 and  fed through Lexus' butter smooth 8 speed transmission. A torsen limited slip differential is also available just in case you have the sudden urge need to turn the office parking lot into a Formula Drift circuit in the middle of tax season.  That's not a joke because Lexus has actually fitted the steering with paddles, they really want you to engage your inner hoon. Lexus knows that even though you try and convey to the world that you're serious and sensible you're also a lunatic. It makes a lot of sense really.

Is the new Lexus LS F Sport proof that Lexus has grown a pair?

The interior is what we've come to expect from Lexus. Top notch craftsmanship, excellent materials and impeccable fit and finish. There's no beige here just functional black leather, black piano trim and brushed aluminum. The interior is easily LS F Sport's strong suit; it's actually kind of cool and subtle. Speaking of cool the steering wheel and seats are cooled and heated, but that's pretty much standard issue at this level in the game. The info-tainment system makes use of a 12.3 inch display but the software isn't anything to write home about besdies minor app additions like Pandora, HeartRadio, and movietickets.com. And of course all this can be controlled by voice command. Rear seat passengers in the extended wheelbase version will be treated to reclining rear seats and a blu-ray DVD system if the Executive Seating Package is selected.

We're not sure what the Lexus LS F Sport really is. Aside from some revised suspension tuning (electronic wizardry) and an additional six horsepower (more electronic wizardry) there isn't a whole lot of performance to set apart from the standard LS. We just hope that the interest in the F sport will lead to more serious performance models from Lexus in the near future. See more of the Lexus LS F Sport here

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