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by David Zalstein

With more aggressive exterior styling and unique suspension changes, the Lexus RC350 F Sport variant has been shown before its public debut at tomorrow’s 2014 Geneva motor show.

Utilising the same 234kW/380Nm 3.5-litre V6 engine – up 1kW and 2Nm from the IS350 – and IS F-derived eight-speed automatic transmission as the RC 350 displayed at last year’s Tokyo motor show, the Lexus RC350 F Sport features an evolved version of Lexus’ spindle grille with ‘F’ mesh, a subtle body kit, unique 19-inch F Sport alloy wheels and F Sport badging.

Lexus RC350 F Sport-10

Inside, the BMW 4 Series rival scores an LFA-style instrument cluster, F Sport steering wheel, Wedge Metal trim accents and F Sport-exclusive Dark Rose upholstery.

Aimed at improving vehicle dynamics, the RC350 F Sport gains uniquely tuned front and rear suspension as well as the option of adaptive variable suspension (AVS) and the Japanese car maker’s four-wheel steering system dubbed Lexus dynamic handling (LDH).

Lexus RC350 F Sport-3

Said to respond automatically to driver inputs, vehicle body motion and road surface conditions, AVS works with the car’s drive mode select system to adjust suspension performance in a bid to maximise dynamic ability.

Integrating dynamic rear steering (DRS), electric power steering and variable gear ratio steering (VGRS), LDH is designed to improve turn-in response, rear end grip, vehicle control and overall agility by monitoring vehicle speed and yaw rates, steering angle and speed, and lateral G.

Lexus RC350 F Sport-11

To be offered in three F Sport-specific colours – White Nova; Orange; and Flame Blue – the Lexus RC350 F Sport is expected to arrive locally in late-2014 with Australian pricing and specifications to be confirmed closer to launch.




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