The Lexus RX 450h F Sport shown in Geneva seemed to lack the traditional F Sport suspension upgrades, and it appeared to be little more than an appearance package with unique wheels, black chrome trim and a restyled front end. Last month, Lexus launched the all-new RX collection at the Geneva Motor Show. Right at that moment, the high-class automaker introduced a new RX 450h hybrid and a new RX 350. It also released the RX 450h F Sport, debuting the F Sport logo on a hybrid for the very first time.
Now the 2013 Lexus is supported with the New York Auto Show launch of the RX 350 F Sport, which it guarantees will be more than just a trim package. While output continues to be the same 270 horsepower found in other RX 350 models, the RX 350 F Sport benefits from a full suspension retuning that promises to deliver superior handling.
All RX 350 F Sport models will attribute all-wheel-drive; an F Sport tuned suspension; an eight-speed transmission with paddle shifters; a distinctive front bumper and grille; 19-inch wheels completed in Dark Graphite and interior advancements to distinguish F Sport models.
The F Sport suspension package contains stiffer springs and firmer shocks, with what Lexus expenses as a “distinctive lateral performance damper system.” This creates a more linear steering feel and greater ride comfort, but still allows for improved handling compared to standard RX 350 models.
Inside, F Sport designs get perforated black leather seats with different white stitching and white perforations.
White stitching is used to highlight the the center console and door armrests, and Ebony Bird’s Eye Maple provides an upscale touch. The leather-wrapped steering wheel gets an “F” logo, and aluminum pedals round out the sporty look.
As with other RX versions, the F Sport receives Bluetooth audio streaming, Sirius XM satellite radio and a USB port and auxiliary in jack. A voice-controlled, hard drive dependent navigation system is an available option, and the Lexus Remote Touch Interface has been enhanced for easier control of climate, phone or navigation systems, audio.
Lexus’ Enform infotainment system is readily available as well, and facilitates the use of iPhone, Blackberry devices or Android. Enform customers can check out business evaluations, make reservations, obtain the newest weather and traffic and stream internet radio by way of Pandora or iHeartRadio. Look for the RX 350 F Sport to hit Lexus dealers this summer, with pricing to be announced closer to launch.