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Lexus is looking to build up their F-Sport lineup in a similar manner to how AMG and the M Division add a performance boost to Mercedes and BMW. To get the ball rolling, Lexus is offering special pricing for a limited time on their F-Sport packages for the IS and GS350.
The base F Sport suspension kit will be available for $1,450, a savings of $549. For your coin, you get a set of lowering springs that drop the ride height by one inch, additional chassis bracing as well as uprated sway bars (with different specs for rear or all-wheel drive cars) that should help deliver a modest performance boost without sacrificing Lexus’ legendary comfort and ride quality.
For $4,495 (a savings of $1499), you can get a set of forged 19-inch wheels along with your suspension package, shod in Michelin Pilot Sport PS2s for the rear-drive cars or Yokohama Advan S4 all-seasons for the IS250 AWD. For those who feel the need to go one level up, all the suspension and wheel upgrades can be added to the F Sport High Performance Brake Upgrade, which retails for only $8,995, a savings of $1749. The brake kit gives you six piston calipers and 14-inch rotors up front with 4-piston calipers and 13.6-inch rotors in the back – serious brakes normally seen only on high end sports cars.
The F-Sport options have a distinct advantage over aftermarket parts, given that they don’t void the warranty and likely are made to a higher standard than most tuner pieces. When you’re dealing with things like brake parts, quality control is very important, so the peace of mind might be worth the extra money.
[Source: Lexus Newsroom]
After launching the F-Sport line of performance and aesthetic products for the IS250 and IS350 over a year ago, Lexus has now decided to make those upgrades available for a wider range of models, including the IS C convertible, the GS sedan and IS models equipped with AWD.
Included in the F-Sport lineup is a long list of performance parts. Here are just a few:
Lexus will offer 18- and 19-inch F-sport dark graphite finished forged aluminum wheels, which not only look great but weight less than the factory wheels and allow for some serious low-profile rubber.
In terms of brakes, the F-Sport package includes both a front and rear setup, which can be purchased seperately or as a full package. The front brakes are six-piston calipers with drilled cast-iron rotors and the rears are four-piston calipers with drilled cast-iron rotors. Both brake kits come with braided stainless-steel brake lines and low-dust performance brake pads.
For the suspension, the F-Sport line offers lowering springs and Bilstein shocks, as well as replacement front and rear sway bars. For those really interested in maximum rigidity, Lexus offers an F-sport chassis brace.
For added performance, the Lexus F-Sport line includes a stainless-steel exhaust system and an air intake system, both of which are 50 state legal and do not affect emissions.
For manual transmission models, such as the IS250C, there is a Lexus F-Sport short shifter. An F-Sport shift knob and floor mats are also offered.
F-Sport Performance Accessories by Lexus USA are engineered by Toyota Racing Development (TRD). When installed by an authorized dealer, the accessories are fully warranted for 12 months or for the balance of the new car warranty, whichever is greater.
The new additions to the F-Sport lineup will be available June 1. For more info see:
Official release after the jump: