LS 460 F-Sport good addition to Lexus stable

2013 Lexus LS 460 F-Sport
2013 Lexus LS 460 F-Sport

When Lexus introduced the LS in 1989 as a 1990, the rules of the automotive industry changed.

It was undeniably smooth, uncompromisingly crafted and an unqualified hit. Yes, the Japanese could go a step above Acura and purposely compete with the big dogs.

Twenty-four years later Lexus may have lost a little luster int he public’s eye, but it’s never lost it’s passion to craft fine automobiles. The 2013 LS seems to have reinvigorated that passion. This LS may not be as ground braking as the first, but it is a far better car.

The new design is still evolutionary, but I find the new lines striking. It’s sleek and slender with hits of muscle. Some have scoffed at the new corporate face but I like it very much, especially this F-Sport, new for LS. This face says I mean business. The unique wheels are also part of the package.

The interior makes greater strides toward perfection. There is a 12-inch screen in the center stack which provides touch screen selection for climate, entertainment and other functions. A centrally located mouse can be used if you don’t want to touch the screen.

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F-Sport gets black interior

The gauge cluster is the familiar electroluminescent gauges with the floating needles. The F-Sport has aluminum trim which accents the total black interior. The heated steering wheel is wood, wrapped in leather.

The LS has always been comfortable and still is. The F-Sports seats are more tuned for sports than comfort but still provide pleasurable seating. Leg, hip and headroom is plentiful and appreciated. It’s more quiet, better built and, well, just better than the car it replaces. That’s saying a great deal.

The F-Sport package also includes aluminum pedals, Brembo brakes, unique scuff plates, paddle shifters and a sport-tuned air suspension.

It does not, however, add engine upgrades. One has to be satisfied with the 4.6-liter 32-valve V8 engine which makes 386 horsepower and 367 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s enough to propel this 4,233 pound sedan to 60 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds. Certainly not slow, but maybe down the road Lexus with add a bit more under the hood.

Driving this F-Sport is a rewarding experience. May not be any faster than a regular LS, but it will bite into a corner more and it seems much more planted to the road. There’s some feedback to the driver which makes you think this car may think it’s an actual sports car. Click the suspension into sport + and you may think you are driving a sport car. The eight speed finds its gears faster and the suspension tightens up. Well.

The luxury touches are here as well. The LS has a good ride and is as quiet as any large sedan on the market. My test car was loaded with a ton of options. My favorite is the 450 watt Mark Levinson Reference Surround Audio with 19 speakers. It has less than 0.1 of total harmonic distortion. That’s better than many home theatre systems.

The LS 460 F-Sport can run with higher priced cars. Its price. With almost every option available you are looking at $86,000 and well worth the money.

This may be the LS some have been waiting to see.

 

cross@alldaytech.com

 

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