LEXUS F SPORT
In addition to the IS 350 F Sport (launched in Australia earlier this week), the IS 250 F Sport becomes the new mid-spec model in the IS 250 range, and benefits from the same aesthetic and handling upgrades as its more powerful stablemate.
While straight-line performance will be unchanged, cosmetic and mechanical upgrades will bring extra visual appeal and a slightly more entertaining drive.
In other words, F Sport will be to the Lexus CT 200h what an AMG Sports Package is to a Mercedes-Benz C-Class – a mild but appreciable improvement.
Other Lexus models are likely to get the F Sport treatment in the near future too. Mr Cramb said a GS F Sport could be a possibility, although such a car would likely have to wait until the arrival of the next-gen GS, due sometime in 2012.
However, Mr Cramb told TMR that there are currently no plans to offer the F Sport-branded performance accessories currently available in the United States as dealer-fit options in Australia.
These accessories include performance-tuned Bilstein shock absorbers, lower and stiffer springs, 19-inch forged alloy wheels, thicker swaybars, chassis braces, six-piston brake calipers with two-piece rotors, high-flow engine intake piping and a performance exhaust system.
The F Sport performance parts are currently available on the US-market IS 250, IS 350, IS convertible, GS 350 and GS 460.
- Tony O'Kane