LAS VEGAS -- It may not yet be the equal of BMW's M or Mercedes-Benz's AMG performance divisions, but Lexus' F Sport lineup is moving into a higher gear.
For more than a decade, Lexus has moved in fits and starts to develop a high-performance identity to rival its German competitors. But the F Sport products now have the backing of parent company Toyota Motor Corp., executives say, and dramatic results are expected over the next year or so.
The expansion of F Sport products will take several forms. At the basic level, customers seeking performance modifications covered under warranty can get F Sport accessories installed by a dealer.
Lexus also sells prepackaged F Sport models, which may include modifications unavailable on stock models, such as an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the RX 350 F Sport and IS 350 F Sport, as opposed to the standard six-speed. Six Lexus model lines are offered in F Sport trim, which can add from $2,550 to $10,000 to the sticker price.