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After announcing the IS350C F-Sport Special Edition earlier this week, Lexus has now provided us with the first photos of the sporty drop-top. Priced from $57,500, it will be offered in only Tungsten Pearl (above) or Obsidian. Unique to the Special Edition is a set package of F-Sport goodies including: new 19-inch forged wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tires, upgraded front and rear brakes, lowering springs, Bilstein shocks, sway bars, a new F-Sport grille, as well as F-Sport floor mats, an F-Sport shift knob and F-Sport badging.

The package also features black leather seats with blue stitching, while standard features include heated and ventilated front seats with wood trim, Bi-Xenon HID headlamps with Adaptive Front lighting, Lexus Navigation, a rear back-up camera, Voice Command casual-language voice recognition system and Lexus Enform with Safety Connect.

Just 100 F-Sport Special Edition models will be offered, with sales beginning later this month. The car will officially debut at the New York Auto Show on March 31st and we'll be sure to bring you plenty of live photos then.

More: Lexus IS350C F-Sport Special Edition, First Photos on AutoGuide.com
 

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Here's a cropped version of the rear end shot that was released along with the front end shot at the top of the story:



And here's an enlarged and, again, cropped version of that front end shot:



While my prediction about the wheels in <A HREF="http://my.is/forums/f41/lexus-introduces-2010-350c-f-sport-special-edition-408346/">our recent Front Page story</A> turned out to be correct, my thoughts on the special F-Sport grille presumably replacing the standard vertical upper grille bars with a zigzag mesh pattern reminiscent of the IS F and the F-Sport package IS sedans available in other markets turned out to be way off base. If, nevertheless, that grille is giving you a strong sense of déjà vu, you're not mistaken, for that <A HREF="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rorschach_inkblots">Rorschach inkblot test pattern</A> of a grille that may be construed as a number five (as in its designer Troy Sumitomo's Five Axis outfit) or as the top of the Lexus "F", Fuji Speedway-inspired logo first appeared in the <A HREF="http://my.is/forums/f45/lexus-sema-2008-more-information-emerges-373795/">2008 Lexus IS 350 with F-Sport Accessories</A> SEMA show car and then in its successor <A HREF="http://my.is/forums/f45/lexus-launches-its-official-sema-2009-microsite-401250/">2009 IS 350C F-Sport by TRD</A>, as shown below:



While I love that grille pattern, it clashes horrendously with the lower grille's <A HREF="http://my.is/forums/f41/return-alternate-lexus-bodystyle-389880/">"pattern of vertical diamond or lozenge-shaped rhombuses that remind this author of an endless sea of Renault logos"</A>. I'd say it's akin to wearing a striped polo shirt with plaid shorts...
 

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Looks really good but the price for that is kinda stiff. IMHO might as well by an IS-F.
It depends on how you look at it.

If you add up the IS 350C base MSRP of $44,890, plus the Navigation and Luxury Packages included in this Special Edition plus the F-Sport accessories that come with the car, you'd be paying $59,925, and that would still exclude the Michelin Pilot Sport 225/35ZR19 front tires and 255/35ZR19 rear tires you'd have to get on your own and the installation of those F-Sport accessories you'd have to otherwise deal with. Looked at that way, it's actually something of a bargain versus trying to reproduce this on your own on, say, an Ultrasonic Blue IS 350C.

Yet, I totally, 1000% agree with you that, for that kind of $$$, it's a no-brainer to spring for the IS F as opposed to this IS350C F-Sport Special Edition.
 
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