Although one doesn’t typically think of Toyota’s luxury division as potential tuner car material, Lexus nonetheless will show five vehicles at this year’s show, including the 2013 GS 350 with the brand’s F SPORT upgrades. The others include another GS 350 with F SPORT, an IS 350C, CT 200h, and LX 570 SUV.
2013 Lexus GS 350 F SPORT The F SPORT package adds cosmetic as well as performance upgrades. The exterior gains a sport front bumper, rear lower valance, rear lip spoiler, and F SPORT grille insert. New Riviera Red and Liquid Platinum paint colors are exclusive to the F SPORT package. Exterior “F SPORT” badging and 19-inch alloy wheels, staggered on rear-wheel drive models, round out the exterior updates.
Inside the cockpit the F SPORT package adds smooth striated aluminum trim, unique perforated leather – available in Cabernet Red, sport seats with 16-way power driver’s seat with four-way lumbar adjustment, black headliner, and aluminum pedals.
Performance updates are all focused on suspension and handling improvements. F SPORT-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), thicker anti-roll bars, revised bushings, and larger front brakes with high friction pads. Rear-wheel drive models get Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS). The F SPORT package will offer an optional Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system with Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS), which works in conjunction with electric power steering, for better handling. All-wheel drive models get 235/40/19 tires all the way around and rear-wheel drive cars gain rear 265/35/19 rear rubber.
“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, in a press release. “The racing-inspired F SPORT components were precision engineered for this vehicle, providing quality performance without compromise.”
Five Axis: Project GS F Sport Tuning House Five Axis will showcase its own version of the Lexus GS F SPORT for SEMA. It will feature a Five Axis widebody conversion to house massive 20x9.5-inch front and 20x10.5-inch rear FIVE:AD S5:F Alloy Wheels shod with Yokohama Advan Sport 245/35ZR20 and 285/30ZR20 tires, respectively. Hiding behind the dubs will be massive 380 mm (15-inch) two-piece front and 355 mm (14-inch) one-piece rear disc brakes squeezed by six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers. The GS will squat on a custom AirRunner TC-5 air suspension system. The tuner will also fabricate a custom exhaust with dual tips. The project will be painted Glacier White with custom Slate Gray accents. Interior will have unique silver textured accents.
Five Axis: Lexus CT 200h Five Axis has also tuned Lexus’ sporty hybrid hatchback. The CT 200h gains a custom widebody kit painted a JDSU “Dark Passage” color with black accents. It also gains custom interior pieces from Ultrasuede and Turinmodel Inc. Sport had been enhanced by Tien Flex coilovers and upgraded Stop Tech big brake kit. The suspension and brakes work in conjunction with 19x8.5-inch FIVE:AD forged wheels wrapped in Yokohama 235/40/19 rubber.
VIP Auto Salon: Lexus IS 350C VIP Auto Salon will tune the luxury automaker’s only convertible: the Lexus IS 350C. Nothing on the 350C will be left untouched. The body has been fitted with a one-off carbon fiber aero styling kit that includes: front lip spoiler, side diffuser, rear diffuser, rear trunk spoiler and eye lines. A Seibon carbon fiber hood and custom headlight housing help to set off the car and its custom Chameleon paint job by K&W. The windows feature Huper Optik Ceramic film from STM. An HID fog light kit and LED driving lights have been added. The interior features custom seat inserts from Top Stitch and F SPORT goodies including a carbon shift knob, and floor mats. Interior lighting has been enhanced with VLEDS LED lighting.
The IS 350C’s performance had been boosted by a Power Enterprise Rotrex supercharger kit installed and tuned by VIP Auto Saloon and Apexi. Combined with PTS Joe Z Series header back exhaust the convertible now churns out 386 horsepower and 372 pound-feet of torque. It sits on F SPORT 19-inch forged alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport tires. TOMS upper shock tower brace works with F SPORT tuned lowering springs, Bilstein shock absorbers and sway bar kit to tighten up the open car’s handling.
JT Grey Racing: Lexus LX 570 JT Grey Racing took on Lexus’ Land Cruiser-based LX 570. The interior received Sparco USA EVO seats and steering wheel. Owners of the mighty body-on-frame SUV can find their way with Lowrance HD7 / LMF 400 GPS navigation and Kenwood radio and intercom systems. It features a 3M vehicle wrap and six HID KC Hilites for nighttime off-road driving. That off-road capability has been enhanced by 17-inch F SPORT forged off-road wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich Baja TA 37x12.50-inch race tires. The lux SUV rides on two King Racing Shocks per wheel. A Flowmaster/Geiser exhaust enhances power. The rig is brought to a stop by OE brakes and TRD pads.