“Sporty” is the last word we think of when it comes to full-size luxury sedans. These land yachts are typically over five meters long, nearly two meters wide, and weigh well above 2,000 kilograms. If anything, these sedans are the complete opposite of sporty.
But that isn't stopping luxury automakers from adding a bit of spice to their flagship sedans. Lexus isn't exempt from that, as they just gave the LS the TRD treatment. No, TRD didn't turn it into a lightweight sports sedan. But they didn't just stick on a kit and call it a day, either.
Yes, the body kit is still there, but it serves a purpose, says TRD. For instance, the chin is said to produce downforce to keep the large sedan planted on the road, while the side mirror extensions cut down on wind noise at higher speeds. Even the side skirts are claimed to aid stability as well.
At the back, a subtle spoiler on the trunk adds more downforce. TRD even added a diffuser for good measure. Topping off the TRD exterior package are three alloy wheel options. Two of them measure 20 inches, and the biggest size available is 21 inches. These alloys are forged, meaning it's lighter than the standard LS wheel.
TRD's upgrades aren't just cosmetic, as they also made tweaks under the chassis. The tuning firm engineered performance dampers for the front and rear of the Lexus LS. They say it helps add stability to the steering, as well as improve ride quality. Not only that, but they also made chassis braces to make the large sedan handle sharper than the standard model.
That said, the engine sees no upgrades, but there's not much to complain about its 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V6. The boosted six-cylinder is good for 415 PS and 600 Nm of torque; figures we wouldn't call underpowered. What that much power, it's good enough to propel the LS 500 to 100 km/h in just 5.0 seconds.
Of course, we're not expecting to see any of these hitting the race track soon. But still, if there's a CEO who would like to do a few hot laps, perhaps he will appreciate the TRD handling enhancements.