When is a Lexus not a Lexus? When it's an F Sport. At least, that's the impression that I get from the Japanese luxury brand whenever I encounter a member of its new performance-oriented line of vehicles. Each model, be it the predictably comfortable RX crossover or the once-tepid GS sedan, veritably screams 'look at me, I'm not the same boring accounting student you dated in college! I've learned how to dance! I sold all of my cardigans!' The pinched, trapedezoidal visage (Lexus calls it a 'spindle grille'), the more aggressive body kits, and the promise of a stiffer, more responsive driving experience are the hallmarks of the automaker's F Sport initiative.
Enter the 2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport. Yes, even the elder statesman of the Lexus family - the full-size sedan that started it all back in 1989 - is getting the F Sport treatment. This lead me to question why Lexus would try so hard to transform the LS 460 into something it's not, and never has been, and in the process risk losing those customers who love it for what it is. My curiosity having gotten the better of me, I had no choice but to drive the Lexus LS 460 F Sport to find out the answer.