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14155As anticipated by <A HREF="http://my.is/forums/f41/lexus-unveil-factory-performance-parts-sema-341387/">a recent my.IS Front Page story,</A> Lexus has officially unveiled F-Sport, its first-ever performance accessory line available for the IS 250, IS 350 and even the mighty IS F itself. The line was premiered at the 2007 Special Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, where the appearance marked the division's first official participation at the show, attended by more than 100,000 industry leaders from over 100 countries showcasing the latest in automotive products, electronics, and aftermarket accessories.

"The Lexus IS 250 and IS 350 sport sedans are specifically geared for the performance-minded customer," said Brian Bolain, Lexus national interactive and automotive events manager. "The F-Sport performance accessory line helps to further realize each owner's desire to personalize their car's performance to best match their needs."

The F-Sport Accessory Line includes a wide cross-section of performance enhancing products engineered by TRD and covered by the Lexus new vehicle warranty, including:

F-Sport 19" Forged Alloy Wheels
This lightweight forged alloy wheel, exclusively designed in a dark graphite finish, includes a staggered fitment with 19" X 8" front wheels and 19" X 9" rear wheels. Recommended tire sizes are 225/35R19 in the front and 255/35R19 in the rear.

F-Sport Front Brake Upgrade
The Front Brake Upgrade provides a firmer pedal feel and improved fade resistance in repeated severe duty use. The Brake features six piston fixed calipers, and drilled cast iron 355mm diameter 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 F-Sport upgraded rear brakes.

F-Sport Rear Brake Upgrade
Similar in construction to the F-Sport Front Brake Upgrade, the rear brake upgrade uses four piston fixed calipers and drilled cast iron 345mm diameter rotors. Braided stainless steel brake lines and low-dust performance brake pads are also included. The Rear Brake Upgrade may only be used in conjunction with F-Sport Front Brake Upgrade.

F-Sport Continuous Carbon Ceramic Brake Upgrade*
A new generation of carbon fiber-reinforced ceramic material technology maximizes high-temperature durability and system cooling in this ultimate upgrade for the IS F. Ceramic rotors measure 380mm diameter front and 355mm diameter rear on anodized aluminum hats. They incorporate the same internal cooling vane concepts as the F-Sport cast iron rotors, while significantly reducing unsprung and rotating mass compared to the IS F stock brake system. Distinctively finished six-piston front and four-piston rear fixed calipers signify leading-edge technology and performance. Specially qualified performance brake pads and stainless steel brake lines are included.

F-Sport Exhaust System
This 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.

F-Sport Lowering Spring Set
This feature lowers the vehicle approximately 1" 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 feature can be used with either the stock or F-Sport shock absorber set.

F-Sport Sway Bar Set
This includes a set of larger diameter, replacement front and rear sway bars that offer reduced body roll and flatter cornering. Urethane mounting brushings are also included to replace the original rubber brushings.

F-Sport Bilstein Shock Absorber Set
Developed in cooperation with Bilstein and available exclusively through the F-Sport Performance Accessory program, this shock absorber set offers sport-tuned suspension dampening without sacrificing ride quality.

F-Sport Clutch
The F-Sport Clutch increases clamping force approximately 15% to handle higher torque capacity and provide improved feel.

F-Sport Quick Shifter
Engineered and machined from billet aluminum, the F-Sport Quick Shifter decreases shift throw by approximately 30% for positive shifting.

F-Sport Rear Chassis Member Brace
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 through this tubular steel brace.

F-Sport Carbon Fiber Engine Cover
Constructed from real carbon fibers, this very light and durable engine cover provides a high-tech appearance under the hood. This is a direct replacement for the original cover and is only available for the IS 350.

F-Sport Air Intake
This low restriction intake and filter assembly is fully compatible with stock engine controls and is emission legal in all 50 states.

In addition, these currently-available official Lexus IS 250 / IS 350 accessories are considered a part of the F-Sport line:

Lexus Genuine Accessory Ground Effects Kit
For a lower, more aggressive appearance, this color-keyed four-piece body kit includes front and rear valences and side skirts.

Lexus Genuine Accessory Rear Spoiler
This rear deck mounted, color-keyed lip-style spoiler provides the finishing touch for the sport-tuned enthusiast.

The F-Sport performance accessory line will be available in early March 2008, roughly coinciding with the Lexus IS F on-sale date, and will be sold through Lexus dealerships. Details will be available in 2008 through the Lexus.com website within the IS 250 and IS 350 sections.

*Continuous Carbon Ceramic Brake is a trademark of StopTech Brakes
 

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My.IS member 1stis300 discovered an entry on the Motor Trend blogs that includes a picture of the F-Sport brakes:
SEMA 2007: Lexus unveils F-Sport performance parts line | Auto Shows Blog at Motor Trend

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Frankly, I'm not sure whether those are the "regular", made-by-StopTech F-Sport Upgraded Brakes or the super-duper, meant-for-the-IS-F Continuous Carbon Ceramic Brakes. The latter, by the way, are rumo(u)red to cost a heart-stopping $11,000.
 

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Those don't appear to be ceramic brakes, which tend to be darker and matte rather than shiny. Those are some serious braking upgrades, the top of the line carbon ceramic ones for the IS-F are 14.96" front and 13.98" rear, there are not many cars with brakes of that size.
 

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Those don't appear to be ceramic brakes, which tend to be darker and matte rather than shiny.
That was my strong suspicion as well, for the very reasons you mention.
 

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Very interesting....now, I wonder if all these parts will carry the stupidly high cost like the currently available 250/350 exhaust by HKS. (a $1300 axle back)
 

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Does it mean that there will be IS250/IS350 wannabes looking just like the IS-F?
I wouldn't quite say that. Notice that all the new F-Sport items are more of a functional/mechanical nature than external body parts, and even the F-sport 19" wheels look much more like the factory 18''ers from the non-X-Package IS250/350 than like the IS F wheels.

If anything, Lexus is borrowing from the Germans' playbook. At Audi, for instance, you've got S-Line (mild body kit, specific wheels and sport suspension), S (hotter engine and sportier interior) and RS (the most "extreme", including specific bodywork, the hottest engines, the biggest wheels & tires, dropped suspensions and so forth).

Similarly, you can get AMG wheels and body kits on regular Mercedes models, or the full-on AMG models.
 

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Any Pictures of these two items?:

F-Sport Rear Chassis Member Brace
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 through this tubular steel brace.

Lexus Genuine Accessory Rear Spoiler
This rear deck mounted, color-keyed lip-style spoiler provides the finishing touch for the sport-tuned enthusiast.
 

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Any Pictures of these two items?:
F-Sport Rear Chassis Member Brace

It might be one of the items on the rightmost display (with the large F-Sport sign) in the background of this picture:




Lexus Genuine Accessory Rear Spoiler

This one's been around since day one of the 2nd-gen IS:

 

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That's definitely a way for Lexus to expand the sporty line.... Like what MB does for AMG, where a bunch of regular MB places the AMG logo and some aero appearance effects and such...

It's a good business strategy to adapt people who wants to look cool instead of run cool.

It's similar to the L-tuned era back in the 1st Gen days... However, this time Lexus does it with a bigger force.
 

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Thanks for posting all those pics, BlackTi. "For the record", here's a link to Autoblog's gallery, but they don't really add much to BlackTi's excellent finds above:
Autoblog
 

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Just Loving that "F Sport Intake" System..!!! :approve: :approve:

<< Looks Very Well Designed and Very Very Familiar..... :p

Joe Z :bigSmile:
 

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Very good info and write up. It's great to see all the parts available for the IS250 and IS350. I'd love to have those wheels on my car and it's about time they come out with upgrades for those that already have a 2nd-gen IS. That way, they don't have an excuse to trade in their cars and also gives them something to personalize their cars. Not everyone wants or can afford to pay the price tag of the IS F or need that much power. But simple performance upgrades will grab some attention to those that just want a little extra power and looks.
 

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