If you like the Lexus RX SUV lineup, then you are really going to love the latest addition, the all-new RX 350 F SPORT.
This is a honey of a vehicle. It’s a performance version of the luxury SUV and it’s available in All-Wheel Drive (AWD), has an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, an F SPORT-tuned suspension, a unique sport front bumper and mesh grille, 19-inch split five-spoke wheels in a Dark Graphite finish, and exclusive interior enhancements.
The RX 350 F SPORT teams a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with an eight-speed Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) for an output of 270 hp at 6,200 rpm. Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) is used to control both intake and exhaust camshafts independently; optimizing engine performance at many speeds and loads.
The eight-speed automatic transmission has paddle shifters as standard equipment. It has quick shifting response with help from miniature high-flow linear solenoids that allow more precise clutch operation. The torque converter uses a low-speed lockup damper to enable lock-up from first to eighth gear to help improve the fuel economy.
The EPA rates fuel economy at 19/25 mpg and 21 mpg combined.
The F SPORT suspension has firmer shocks and springs for a more positive driving experience. A unique lateral performance damper system absorbs and minimizes body vibrations, resulting in a more steering feel and ride comfort.
VDIM handling technology is standard on the RX SPORT. VDIM anticipates loss of vehicle control and governs all of the dynamic handling systems — the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC) — with the electronic throttle control system.
The distinctive new front of the RX F SPORT is highlighted with Lexus’ signature spindle grille and a bolder sport bumper, with an F SPORT exclusive mesh design. The upper edge of the grille is set lower than the upper edge of the headlight assembly for a more aggressive look. Fog lamps are integrated into the sculpted lower front bumper fascia, while the pronounced front fenders flow into the doors and integrated rear fender flares sweep around to pull together the corners.
On the inside, the RX F SPORT has a unique interior design treatment with perforated black leather-trimmed seats with white perforation holes. White contrast stitching accentuates the seats, center console and door armrests. Anew Ebony Bird’s Eye Maple trim adds a touch of elegance and a black headliner, a perforated leatherwrapped steering wheel showcasing the “F” logo, and aluminum pedals complete the interior.
Pricing on the 2013 Lexus RX F SPORT starts at $47,875.
Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to LetsTalkCars@aol.com