2014 is a landmark year for Lexus and its fleet of vehicles. The Toyota-owned and operated Lexus brand is set to celebrate 25 years in the automotive business with the addition of factory-tuned F Sport editions in six of their models and the launch of their F Sport Performance Accessories offering that allows for Lexus owners to modify their rides with genuine factory parts. Recently, Lexus invited us to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to test drive the 2014 fleet of Lexus F Sport edition vehicles alongside their top line LFA and F line sports cars.
The F Sport editions of the Lexus line are designed for drivers seeking better handling and looks on their vehicles. First introduced in 2011 on the Lexus IS, the F Sport editions now roll into six of the maker’s models including the redesigned 2014 IS line, GS, CT 200h hybrid and RX models. The packages, each tuned to compliment the respective vehicle, is an answer to the growing aftermarket business by offering a “higher level of driver engagement” straight from the showroom floor. Recalibrated suspensions and visual cues on the grilles and wheels are forward facing hints that designate the vehicles as F Sport.
Alongside the factory-tuned packages, Lexus is offering a wide selection of F Sport Performance Accessories that allow for Lexus tuners to pick and choose upgrades based on their budgets and timeframes. Factory-guaranteed when installed by a Lexus authorized shop, the F Sport Performance Accessories work on select older models as well as the current lineup.
The true test of the Lexus F Sport packages came on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway test tracks. Our solo drives included the 2014 Lexus IS 250, IS 350, CT 200h hybrid, and the F line IS F sportscar. Our driven track rides sat us in the passenger’s side of the top-line Lexus LFA supercar, as driven by 5-time Rolex 24 Hour of Daytona champion, Scott Pruett.
It is clear from the drives that the F Sport factory-tuned vehicles in “sports” mode gained an edge in suspension and control. While it was less so obvious on the GS F Sport, the GS F Sport showed handling power on the track that left this driver comfortable and pleased with the drive. The CT 200h hybrid shared the performance boost, but only slightly. The real difference in drive was found in the IS and GS lines.
Two highlights of the F Sport drive in Las Vegas included riding shotgun in the Lexus LFA and Lexus IS F CCS-R as driven by Scott Pruett and Ken Gushi, respectively. Clearly, both drivers understand how to power each Lexus vehicle on closed tracks and each helped to push the performance points of vehicles that define the Lexus F Sport Packages and Accessories offerings. Learn more about the Lexus F Sport Performance line at lexus.com.
The Lexus F SPORT Performance package is available on the CT 200h , IS 250/350C, IS 250/350, GS 350, LS 460, and RX 350.