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.
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).
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.
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.