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Lexus cars in Vietnam have a new F Sport version

The trio of IS 300, ES 250 and RX 300 have an F Sport version with refinements in the exterior and interior, priced at VND 2.56-3.3 billion.

F Sport is the high-performance division of Lexus, a luxury brand under Toyota. In Vietnam, the company has just sold three new models of this line. However, all just stop at “sports style”, temporarily called F Sport Line, not pure F Sport. Because the car still uses the same engine as the regular version, adding some equipment and slightly tweaking the design.

The true Lexus F Sport high-performance line has products like the IS 500, LC, and RC F and all feature a 5-liter V8 engine with more than 470 horsepower. Lexus’ F Sport models sold in Vietnam include IS 300, ES 250 and RX 300, with engines not exceeding 250 horsepower.

IS 300 F Sport.

The Lexus IS 300 F Sport costs 2.56 billion VND, about 70 million VND higher than the mid-range IS Luxury version. The spindle-shaped steering wheel of the car is painted black, and the 18-inch wheels create a sporty look. The rear bumper is lower than the regular version, creating a fish fin shape.

The IS 300 F Sport cockpit remains the same arrangement as the regular version. Red-black two-tone interior, sport seats and some other small changes. The car is equipped with a 2-liter turbocharged engine with a capacity of 241 horsepower at 5,800 rpm, maximum torque of 350 Nm at 1,650-4,400 rpm. This version has a tweaked adaptive suspension system, adding a sports sound simulator.

Shaping the exterior of the ES 250 F Sport.

Shaping the exterior of the ES 250 F Sport.

Similar to building a sporty style on the IS 300, the F Sport version of the ES 250 also slightly changes details such as the grille, wheels, rear spoiler on the exterior, seats, and arrays. metal cladding, dark wood in the interior. The engine of the car is similar to the regular version, 2.5 liter type, producing 204 horsepower capacity, maximum torque of 243 Nm.

The ES 250 F Sport is also tweaked by the company with a suspension system and comes with a front and rear stabilizer bar. The price of the car is 2.64 billion VND, about 90 million higher than the ES 250 Luxury.

RX 300 F Sport version.

RX 300 F Sport version.

The last model in Lexus’ F Sport line-up is the RX 300. The SUV features 20-inch wheels, front and rear bumpers and a slightly altered grille. The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine produces 235 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Adaptive suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars. RX 300 F Sport costs 3.3 billion VND, about 120 million VND higher than the standard version.

Lexus’ approach to F Sport Line is similar to Mercedes’ AMG Line or BMW’s M-Sport Line with the goal of targeting a group of customers who prefer a sporty style but engines with moderate performance, not requiring high technical skills. Driveability and price are not too hard to reach. In Vietnam, only Mercedes sells true AMG sports cars with their own engines and chassis, much more expensive than regular cars.

All three Lexus F Sport models are imported from Japan, sold from January 14.

Thanh Nhan
Photo: Lexus


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