- The Washington Times - Friday, September 18, 2009

TORRANCE, Calif. - Lexus has announced that it will expand its popular F-Sport performance accessories line. The luxury manufacturer launched its signature line of sport performance parts last spring with accessories for the IS 350 and IS 250 entry luxury sport sedans.

The line will soon include F-Sport parts for the current generation GS luxury sport sedan, IS all-wheel drive, and the all-new IS C convertible coupe models.

“F-Sport accessories offer Lexus owners the ability to customize their vehicles to the next level of performance,” said Brian Bolain, Lexus national manager of marketing and lifecycle strategy. “Following last year’s successful launch of accessories for the IS 250 and 350 sport sedans, it was natural to expand the F-Sport accessories lineup to other Lexus performance models.”

The GS, IS AWD and IS C F-Sport accessories will include performance-enhancing parts such as forged alloy wheels, brake upgrades, suspension systems, air intake, exhaust systems and more.

F-Sport performance accessories by Lexus USA are engineered by Toyota Racing Development. 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 F-Sport forged alloy wheels, exclusively designed in a dark graphite finish, not only add an aggressive look to the exterior, but help enhance performance through increased strength and decreased weight.

The front brake upgrade provides a firmer pedal feel and improved fade resistance in repeated severe-duty use. The brake upgrade features six-piston fixed calipers and drilled cast-iron rotors with a patented internal-fin design mounted on anodized aluminum hubs. Braided stainless-steel brake lines and low-dust performance brake pads are included, and the upgrade can be used with stock or the F-Sport rear brake upgrade.

The rear brake upgrade uses four-piston fixed calipers and drilled cast-iron rotors. Braided stainless-steel brake lines and low-dust performance brake pads are also included. The upgrade may only be used in conjunction with the F-Sport front brake upgrade.

The F-Sport lowering spring set lowers the vehicle approximately one inch in the front and rear for a more aggressive appearance and a lower center of gravity. The spring set is engineered to deliver lowered ride height without bottoming out or creating a harsh ride. The sets will be specifically configured for each model and can be used with either the stock or F-Sport shock absorber set.

The sway bar set includes larger diameter replacement front-and-rear sway bars that reduce body sway and flatten cornering. Oil-impregnated rubber bushings are also included to replace the original rubber bushings. Each vehicle’s sway bar set is specifically configured to achieve the best performance.

To improve chassis stiffness under aggressive driving conditions and provide a more responsive feel during cornering, the F-Sport rear chassis member brace joins key rear-chassis and suspension-mounting points.

The F-Sport performance exhaust system features all stainless-steel construction with fully polished mufflers and double-wall exhaust tips. In addition to an outstanding appearance, it delivers a powerful, sport-tuned exhaust sound while complying with established sound-level standards and does not affect emissions compliance.

The low-restriction F-Sport performance air intake and filter assembly is fully compatible with stock engine controls and is emission-legal in all 50 states.

Constructed from real carbon fiber, the lightweight, durable engine cover provides a high-tech appearance under the hood. This is a direct replacement for the original cover.

The F-Sport performance clutch set, available for the IS 250 and IS 250C equipped with the manual transmission, increases clamping force approximately 16 percent to handle higher torque capacity and provide improved feel.

The F-Sport quick shifter is engineered and machined from billet aluminum and is designed for the manual-transmission equipped IS 250 and IS 250C. It decreases shift throw by approximately 35 percent for quicker and more positive shifting.

The F-Sport shift knobs are constructed from premium leather and genuine carbon fiber, are sporty and offer a comfortable curved shape. The manual knob is weighted to provide a sporty and more controlled feel while shifting. Both knobs are detailed with signature blue stitching and a silver F-Sport logo.

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