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2013 Lexus LS F SPORT Revealed!

2013 Lexus LS F SPORT Revealed

Only days away from its official reveal, Chinese website XCAR has published photos of what looks to be the 2013 Lexus LS F SPORT:

2013 Lexus LS F SPORT Revealed

If accurate, this new LS F SPORT features the most aggressive interpretation of the Lexus spindle grille yet, with a full chrome surround and even a blacked out front bumper. Add the super-tinted windows and hybrid LED headlights, and the Lexus flagship sedan looks downright hostile.

Here’s the LS from another angle:

2013 Lexus LS F SPORT Rear

Here we see an overall design similar to the existing LS, though with some added sharpness and plenty of inspiration from the 2013 GS — let’s put it side-by-side with the 2012 model for good measure:

2013 LS vs 2012 LS

Despite any resemblance, the exterior changes give the LS a different character — especially in this F SPORT trim.

Still, considering that highly polished images aren’t always the best representation of a vehicle, and we have yet to see the interior, I’m going to wait until the actual reveal in San Francisco next Monday before coming to any real conclusions.

What are your initial impressions?

[Source: XCAR via Club Lexus & Autoblog.nl]

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    Vish Gagie
  • July 26, 2012
Wow, I think it's a looker. Very distinct from other manufacturers and even it's stable mates, but very much the 'new' Lexus.  I just hope the driving dynamics support it's aggressive looks. 
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They're only facelift ! I was hoping for ALL-NEW !
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      Ydoodo
    • July 27, 2012
    Facelift so what? The current LS is like 1000yrs head of its time, the engine is extremley good, drivetrain good, interior good, styling is beautiful and the car is more reliable then a wood burning stove.. The mild facelift is all the LS really needs..
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    blkpantha
  • July 26, 2012
Omg the face of this car is bad ass
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    Walterdwilliams
  • July 26, 2012
wheels look aggressive 20's and front end is bawalterdwilliams@hotmail.complimentd to the bone.
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MEH! I was expecting a LOT of changes! :< :[
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I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well.
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    JoeMa
  • July 26, 2012
Actually, I don't think the photos are real. I think these are PhotoChopped. We'll know for sure in a few days.
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    Lexus always photoshops facelifts. (; Check out all of the LX 570 pictures! You'll find identical pictures with and without the spindle grille!
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      DuDE
    • July 26, 2012
    It looks pretty real to me. The blacked out grille may be photoshoped.
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      JoeMa
    • July 26, 2012
    I think it is a Photoshop fake for the following reasons: 1. The paint on the rear bumper doesn't reflect light correctly (looks too dull) 2. I doubt Lexus would select the LS to blackout the front bumper, even on a F-Sport model (although, it does look better blacked-out) I like the front in this pic but I just don't believe it's legit. As I said before, we'll know for sure in a few more days.
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      DillonD
    • July 26, 2012
    I agree, those rear lights aren't really "Lexus like", they're too blacked out. Either way I like it! I was hoping for a complete redesign though, because the LS is overdue for one. 
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    BOSS
  • July 26, 2012
Hmm,looks like 35% photochopped.....but it's not bad! and whats with those lights or circle thing at the front bumper? those are some small as fog lights lol(if it is)
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      DuDE
    • July 26, 2012
    They might be round view cameras.
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The front end really means business. It's as if it's been Fiva Axis tuned already.
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    F1
  • July 26, 2012
WOW! That's very exquisite, look at how unique that is!! In comparison to the bland and saturated German S-class/7 series/A8 which look bland, generic and look tje same as their entry level models!
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    DuDE
  • July 26, 2012
That is just plain mean!....and i love it!
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I drive an '11 LS right now, and this thing looks amazing.  Love that front end, it'll put the proper amount of terror into German luxury buyers.
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    Thejetengine
  • July 26, 2012
woooooooow ,what a mean looking machine!!!
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    ALL RIGHT GIGGITY
  • July 26, 2012
hmmm love the front but not really feeling the back it seems to similar to one of there toyotas from back then imo
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    BlackDynamiteNY
  • July 26, 2012
Man, do I hate being right all the time! the current car's design is a winner, and they didn't throw it away and start over, which was smart. Looks pissed off, man!! But they hardly touched the rear end. The inside should be the real story. After 5 years of development, I expect major changes there..... BD
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      James
    • July 26, 2012
    Based on your post 4 months ago, you're actually 88% wrong. BlackDynamiteNYCollapseMy predictions on what The Next LS will be:1.  The styling up front we've seen.  The rear end won't copy the new ES/GS, but will be similar.  The area between the A and C-Pillars, the "greenhouse" won't change much at all. 2.  Interior materials will be upgraded, and interior volume will grow slightly, without much change to the wheelbase/length.  Similar to what happened with the Toyota Camry and Lexus GS. 3.  5.0 V8 from the ISF will be used, but tuned to 400HP, torque increased, and the engine note/high-revving nature neutered.  LS500 becomes the name. 4.  The hybrid loses AWD as a standard feature, and loses weight overall by over 400 lbs over the LS600hL.  EPA MPG:  25/30.  Power goes up slightly to 450HP. 5.  Weight will hover around 4250 for the LWB LS500, save 100 lbs for the base car.  The hybrid will come in around 4500 lbs.  AWD model about the same. 6.  Car gains displacement, about 20 HP, and EPA economy goes up to 18/26/21.  Lighter weight is a benefit here. 7.  Sport Pkg is optional, but a new LSF model adds a turbo-charger to the V8, taking power to 550HP 8.  Price for car will rise significantly, becoming similar to the Germans.  SWB starts at $75k.  LWB starts at $80k.  Hybrid price drops to around $100k.  LSF is $130k.If Lexus is really "bullish" on the hybrid, they should consider having the SWB "base car" be the hybrid model, at $75k, and the LWB be the standard V8 only, starting at $80k.  But then the power would be similar to the ICE V8, not superior.BD
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      BlackDynamiteNY
    • July 27, 2012
    Excuse me, rider of my jock, but all we know is how the car looks.  And I pretty much nailed that part. We'll learn the rest Monday night...... BD
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      James
    • July 27, 2012
    No, just calling you out on your BS.  No wonder why people flame you on other sites.  But this site is safe territory for you, a safe haven, isn't it? And, like you'll learn on Monday, I'm right and you've been wrong.
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      BlackDynamiteNY
    • July 27, 2012
    Well, you were just wrong today, while I was right.  So maybe you can redeem yourself on Monday? But how would you be right anyway?  What predictions have you ever made?   You care enough about my predictions to go back 4 months to find them. Doubt you have the guts to make any calls.  And if you did, nobody would care anyway...... BD
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    • K
    • July 27, 2012
    Alright, enough of this. I'm not interested in the oneupmanship, and ask that both of you let it drop.
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  • July 26, 2012
Oh-Emm-Geeh! The front looks bonkers! I love this it.... Photoshopped or not, the black out bumper needs to stay. Totally gives the big daddy so much more character than the GS F Sport. At least it differentiates itself from its lil siblings, as it should for being the flagship.
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    Maxxhine
  • July 26, 2012
Seriously this looks so awesome
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    BlackDynamiteNY
  • July 26, 2012
AutoSpies has a similar feature on the 2013 S-Class with plenty of pictures. This is a better looking car, I'm sorry...... BD
So in other words... I called this one correctly! I can't believe there are some surprised folks in here, that this is only another refresh/facelift. There have been MANY credible reports from credible people, that the "new" 2013 LS was nothing but a facelifted 2012 LS. I'm not really complaining, as the car is still a stunner, IMO. But there were so many people on here and Club Lexus who were adamant there was NO way this car was going to look the same. At any rate, it's still the top of the class IMO. Now for the interior. While I love the GS/ES interior, I think the LS needs something unique to it. I hope it's not just an enhanced GS interior. We'll see. 
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      James
    • July 26, 2012
    No, you actually called it a LS Hybrid F Sport in March.  No model exists or will exist for 2013.
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      Ljn71
    • July 27, 2012
    There will be a hybrid F Sport in Europe.
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      Jake
    • August 15, 2012
    I suppose James was referring to the North American market... Anyway, James has proved us that he knows more way than what we do (he might be a Lexus worker or someone who has access to private events for new models showcase). Back in March where most of us were expecting an all-new model (me myself included) he said it would be just a major model change but not a full model change as it turned out to be. I did actually had a little argument with him about how could he be so sure... James you told me to come back to that post to say whether you were right or not and since that post has its commentaries closed, I'm just able to say it here. You were right. Thanks for the insights! For those of you who are skeptical at what James says... believe him, he has already proved us what he knows.
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    Da1brklyn
  • July 26, 2012
i think its the real deal....looks ammmmazinnngg
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    LexVVT-iS300
  • July 26, 2012
This thing looks SICK! im only praying its real..too bad its only a facelift but wen u think about it, thats all this car needs. but at least they updated the tail lights as well which is all this car really needed. the LS already has a pretty nice stance, just update front to spindle grille, tweak the rear and give it a new/aggressive stance! now lets just hope the interior gets updated to the new Lexus style & not left the same like the RX
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    Nataraj_D
  • July 26, 2012
This looks amazing!!!  Krew, Are you going to the reveal in SF? 
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    • July 26, 2012
    I am, and will be providing live coverage.
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      Nataraj_D
    • July 26, 2012
    Being so close to where I live, I wish I was able to attend this event! I'm sure it will be even more exciting than the GS event at pebble beach! Looking forward to your updates krew!
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    Guest
  • July 26, 2012
I believe it's a photoshop fake. If you notice the bumper, the overhang on the end is ENORMOUS. Also, the angle it's at isn't correct. Lexus knows its customers don't want their more expensive models to in any way resemble their less expensive ones. The entire back is of the new GS until you see the diagonal line of light run across the back, slanting from right to left. Although I love the front facia, I believe this is simply a photoshop. But here's not to say the LS being unveiled on Monday doesn't look like this.... 
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      JoeMa
    • July 26, 2012
    I agree. I like it but I believe it is faked. It more likely what the author hopes the next LS will look like but the rear just doesn't add up to me. I would expect more changes to the side and rear.
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    I compare the picture with the spyshot prototype unit , it looks rather alike ... the taillight , the grille & the hood (even under heavy disguise) .
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      JoeMa
    • July 26, 2012
    I see what you mean. The wheels are the same as the wheels on the spy-shot car but the grill looks different. Of course the spy-shot car may not be an F-Sport, but if it isn't why would that car have the same wheels? Anyway, thanks for pointing out the similarities to the spy-shot photos: http://lexusenthusiast.com/2012/06/04/2013-lexus-ls-f-sport-spotted/
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    The spyshot car that show the grille , is normal LS , not F-Sport model ... :P
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    Ljn71
  • July 26, 2012
Is it just me,or does the outside corner of the tail light look a wee bit odd? It's just blacked out.
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    Bobby
  • July 26, 2012
Well it appears the side profile has remained the same, unless this be a photoshop. If so, the new one will probably have their new door handles like on the GS. Otherwise if this be real, it looks damn nice. I really, really like the spindle grille here. Side being the same, theyre probably using some carry over panels there.. and thats loooow for a lexus. Really, really awesome! Cant wait to see inside
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Wow.... No words! The front is just a grand spanking beaut of a car. Side view is pretty sleek, but I don't know if I like the new tail lights. It's a little too dark red for me and doesn't really pop out.
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    BlackDynamiteNY
  • July 26, 2012
Will they have all models launch at the same time this fall?  Or will they bring out the Hybrid and/or F-Sport early next year? I would hold a couple of models back for next year..... BD
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    J B
  • July 26, 2012
Darth Vader meets Megatron - Lexus has come back with a vengeance. Wow!!
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Love the site, agree love to find cool websites
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    MT
  • July 26, 2012
They have to bring the petrol and petrol-hybrid at the same time. Other wise it will be like with the GS, most people that want one at the time will buy the normal one instead of waiting for the hybrid. Which is sad cause the hybrid is one hell of a machine (so is the standard one, but the hybrid is just more so).  

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