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With plenty of dressed-up tuner cars on display at the Lexus booth at this year’s SEMA Show, the real star is the GS350 F-Sport. It might not have any power adders, but with 306-hp and a 0-60 time of 5.7 seconds it doesn’t really need any anyway.
More than just bolt-on styling components (although it has those too), the G-Sport version gets a more engaging Adaptive Variable Suspension system and new bushings while rear drive models boast a Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) system. As for those add-ons, the F-Sport gains 19-inch wheels, measuring 8-inches up front and 9-inches in the rear, plus larger brakes with high-friction pads.
Styling is spiced-up with new front and rear bumpers, a rear lip spoiler, F-Sport badging and an F-Sport grille. Lexus will offer the car in three standard colors (Starfire Pearl, Nebula Gray Pearl and Obsidian) as well as two exclusive shades: Riviera Red and Liquid Platinum. Inside the F-Sport gets a special aluminum trim, perforated black leather (Cabernet Red leather optional), aluminum pedals and a more highly bolstered 16-way power driver’s seat.
GALLERY: 2012 Lexus GS350 F-Sport
As promised Lexus will debut its new F-Sport GS350 model at the upcoming SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Taking the all-new 2013 GS sedan, the F-Sport package adds, um, sport, by bolting a long list of “racing-inspired” components.
Included in the package are 19-inch F-sport wheels measuring 8-inches up front and 9-inches in the rear (AWD models will be 19×8 front and rear). Also added are thicker sway bars, new bushings, and a more aggressively tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension system. Other upgrades include larger brakes with high-friction pads and rear-drive models will get a Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) system.
Helping convey the car’s added capability is an F-Sport aero kit with new front and rear bumpers as well as a new rear lip spoiler, F-sport badging and an F-Sport grille up front. Available in Starfire Pearl, Nebula Gray Pearl and Obsidian, Lexus will also offer the F-Sport model in two exclusive colors, Riviera Red and Liquid Platinum.
Inside the car gets a unique aluminum trim and perforated black leather with aluminum pedals, plus a 16-way power sport driver’s set with improved lateral support and power side bolsters. An optional Cabernet Red leather will also be available.
No changes have been made under the hood, with the 3.5-liter V6 continuing to generate 306-hp for a 0-60 time of 5.7 seconds.
“The all-new GS 350 with F SPORT package will offer our customers more agility and a sportier appearance,” said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “The racing-inspired F SPORT components were precision engineered for this vehicle, providing quality performance without compromise.”
GALLERY: 2013 Lexus GS350 F-Sport
No official details have been provided but these snap shots were released on the Lexus of South Africa Facebook page. Modifications look subtle with a more aggressive front bumper and new wheels. We can only presume other upgrades include modifications to the suspension, brakes and exhaust, with some sporty touches inside the cabin.
Look for more details and photos from SEMA, with AutoGuide’s live coverage starting November 1st here.