2013 Lexus RX 350 F Sport Information

2013 Lexus RX F Sport

The 2013 Lexus RX 350 F Sport made its debut this week at the New York Auto Show with an assortment of performance and appearance upgrades — here’s the full press release for all the details.

NEW YORK, April 4, 2012 –Making its North American debut at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, Lexus today revealed the all-new 2013 RX 350 F SPORT.

Available in All-Wheel Drive (AWD), the RX 350 F SPORT features an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, F SPORT-tuned suspension, 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 challenges pre-conceived notions about luxury crossover utility vehicles,” said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “RX F SPORT is not just an appearance package, but a full-fledged performance package.”


Lexus RX F Sport Engine

The RX 350 F SPORT teams a 3.5-liter V6 engine with an eight-speed Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) for an output of 270 horsepower 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 RX 350 F SPORT’s eight-speed automatic transmission has paddle shifters as standard equipment. It yields 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 RX 350 F SPORT model features an electronically controlled Active Torque Control AWD system. Active Torque Control AWD uses an electronically controlled coupling ahead of the rear differential to vary torque distribution anywhere from 100:0 to 50:50 front to rear, depending on driving dynamics and road conditions. When accelerating, or starting off on a low-grip surface, torque is quickly provided to all four wheels. At steady speeds, torque is sent only to the front wheels, enhancing fuel efficiency. The model is expected to earn EPA ratings of 19 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, 21 mpg combined.


Lexus RX F Sport Wheel

The F SPORT suspension provides firmer shocks and springs for a more engaging driving experience. A unique lateral performance damper system absorbs and minimizes body vibrations, resulting in a more linear steering feel and enhanced ride comfort. In lieu of conventional fixed bracing, this system features a front performance damper and a rear damper connecting the left and right sides of the rear structural frame. The eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, allows for more driver input, while increasing fuel efficiency.

VDIM handling technology is standard on the RX 350 AWD F SPORT. VDIM anticipates loss of vehicle control and governs all of the vehicle’s 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 system employs them collectively and seamlessly to help make corrections while allowing higher dynamic capability.

The RX F SPORT will be exclusively equipped with 19-inch split five-spoke wheels with 235/55R/19 tires.

A New, Sporty Appearance Inside and Out

Lexus RX F Sport Front Grille

The new distinctive and contemporary front of the RX F SPORT is highlighted with Lexus’ signature spindle grille and a bolder sport bumper, featuring an F SPORT exclusive mesh design. The upper edge of the grille is set lower than the upper edge of the headlamp assembly to establish a more aggressive look. The standard LED daytime running lights and combination rear lamps reflect the “L” design motif. Fog lamps are integrated into the sculpted lower front bumper fascia.

Lexus RX F Sport Side Profile

Pronounced front fenders flow into the doors, and integrated rear fender flares neatly sweep around to pull together the taut rear corners of the vehicle. The lower body emphasizes the standard 19-inch wheels. Distinctive F SPORT exterior badging adorns the sporty exterior.

2013 Lexus RX F Sport Interior

The RX F SPORT features 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. A new Ebony Bird’s Eye Maple trim adds a touch of sporty elegance. A black headliner, a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel showcasing the “F” logo, and aluminum pedals complete the interior enhancements.

Multimedia Capabilities

Lexus RX F Sport iPod

The RX F SPORT can accommodate a variety of music sources, providing auxiliary and USB inputs, Bluetooth® Audio wireless connectivity and a standard integrated SiriusXM Satellite Radio receiver (90-day trial subscription included). Standard voice recognition and Bluetooth® technology allow phone calls to be made and received once paired with a compatible smartphone. When an iPod® is attached via the USB port, information such as artist name, track and album can be displayed on the available navigation or headunit, while the iPod can be controlled through the audio system. The large center console storage box easily accommodates a variety of electronic devices while keeping wires out of sight.

The available next generation Hard Disc Drive (HDD) navigation system eliminates the need for DVD map discs and offers a unique voice recognition system, which accepts casual-language inputs on certain functions. The system includes Lexus Enform® with Safety Connect® (includes complimentary one-year trial subscription), Voice Command casual-language voice recognition, HD Radio with iTunes tagging and automatic Bluetooth phonebook download. The system is controlled by a new, second generation Remote Touch Interface (RTI) that is more intuitive in its design and use. The Remote Touch allows the user to operate the climate, audio, phone controls, navigation system and more. The screen menus are selected with a controller conveniently located within easy reach on the center console. Remote Touch also reduces eye movement and helps users operate functions with reduced effort and distraction.

Lexus Enform® with Safety Connect® now comes with the next-generation Lexus Enform® Application Suite, the system that leverages the customers’ mobile phone technology to provide a new level of connectivity and information management. A complimentary one-year trial subscription is included. Users can conduct local searches through Bing, or utilize voice-enabled apps to make restaurant reservations through OpenTable, get movie tickets via MovieTickets.com or tap into internet radio, including Pandora® or iHeartRadio.

Users will also appreciate the ability to check-in on Facebook places, and search for various business reviews including restaurants on Yelp. SiriusXM data services offer information on stocks, traffic, weather, sports and fuel prices. Enform® is supported on iPhone, Android and Blackberry. SiriusXM data services offer a complimentary one year trial subscription. Separate audio and data subscriptions are required.

The Lexus RX 350 F SPORT will arrive at dealerships this summer.


  • Tunguyen

    this is very great car. i’m going to own one

    • biff

      when are these chowder heads going to put a dual exhaust in the RX???

    • guest

      i have one already…excellent vehicle

  • http://www.facebook.com/OMG.ITZ.JOSH Josh Daugherty

    Still with the 8 inch screen!!!!!!! I really dont understand how you can pump up one car with its large screen but then put a smaller screen on all the other models. 

    • PG

       That’s typical Lexus, technology never trickles down to other models…

      • http://www.facebook.com/OMG.ITZ.JOSH Josh Daugherty

         well i found out how much it is to replace the 12.3 inch nav screen today. thats probably why.

      • David G.

        The GS is a higher end car. That’s probably why it gets the higher end options, in this case a larger screen. LS and GX or LX will probably have it

      • Tyoung

        You are right on—-sometimes LEXUS saves the best for the higher end modles and sometimes features wil lnot carry over to the lower end and entry level models. If you are paying 80K to 120K for a LEXUS, would you want all features in the entry levels….No

      • http://www.facebook.com/OMG.ITZ.JOSH Josh Daugherty

        The lx has a 8 inch screen and its still touch screen. So that cancels that out.

    • Jake

      It might be available for the next generation of RX, which is due for 2014-2015.

      • http://www.facebook.com/OMG.ITZ.JOSH Josh Daugherty

         i feel like that is way to late. but we will see.

      • Jake

        I don’t think so. RX just got its facelift for this 2012, 2-3 years more before the end of the cycle is reasonable (third generation of RX was released in 2009 and if it’s restyled for 2014, would be 5 years with just one facelift)

    • http://www.facebook.com/RDS.Alphard Yong Thian Ding

      Maybe LS would have 12.3-inch LCD .

      • Lexus LFA

        it probably has to everybody would be expecting it

      • http://www.facebook.com/OMG.ITZ.JOSH Josh Daugherty

         i would really hope so. but then again i have no idea what the new LS dash is going to look like.

      • http://www.facebook.com/RDS.Alphard Yong Thian Ding

        Well … since ES & GS gone new design , LS would do that too .

      • http://www.facebook.com/OMG.ITZ.JOSH Josh Daugherty

        I mean i understand its going to change but how much more can they put on the dash in an LS? Those cars have a lot going on in them.

      • Jake

        If we compare the same generation GS and LS, the LS dash and interior have always been more superior and gorgeous than the GS. I know that just being a superior segment makes you have better craftsmanship, but seriously, the last generation of the LS was way ahead and superior than the 3rd generation of GS. New generation of GS has some styling and design from the previous generation of LS, so what can we expect for the new LS? This new LS will be awesome!

      • Jake

        LS must at least have that 12,3″ display. I really want to see the new LS, Lexus making so much hype for this particular model. GS was awesome, LS will be beyond that.

    • MCWitz

      They are updating the nav/apps in all models.  Bigger screen requires redesign of dashboard.  RX dash can’t accomodate.

      • http://www.facebook.com/OMG.ITZ.JOSH Josh Daugherty

         That is true but why did they make the dash bigger? they could have probably done a little bit bigger than an 8 inch screen though.

  • Randy Guess

    Does this bad boy have the panoramic sunroof?

    • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

      Not in North America.

  • Gibbyman5000

    No panoramic roof.  i want this too.  i’ve asked my dealer in Maine about it and they know nothing about when and if this feature is coming.

    • Jake

      I’m still confused about why Lexus didn’t add this option to the US. Most Asian and even some European contries already have it.

      • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

        The panoramic roof would be a great feature to have in North America — I imagine the fact that the pano-roof ES doesn’t sell all that well plays into the reasoning.

  • Joshd

    My complainant is that its only on the 350 not 450H :( 

  • http://www.facebook.com/RDS.Alphard Yong Thian Ding

    Err … so it’s 6AT or 8AT ?


    • Lexus LFA

      it’s 8

      • http://www.facebook.com/RDS.Alphard Yong Thian Ding

        But the spec on New York Car Show said 6 ?

      • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

        Noticed that as well — can only imagine it’s a typo. 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/AVBALQBRIEZAYIYBYLPL6TUC5M buddy

        I’m a bit confused so for the base rx350 are there going to be suspension upgrades as well? It be a shame if they offered the same suspension as the current model.

  • http://www.facebook.com/OMG.ITZ.JOSH Josh Daugherty

    Also it doesn’t have the analog clock!!! 

    • Jake

      I believe that’s not considered for a mid cycle facelift, we gonna see it for the next restyling for sure.

  • Shane From Australia

    Looks good … i like it !

    I wonder if there will be a GX and LX F-Sport however considering they are dedicated 4WD’s, Lexus should further upgrade the off-road ability instead.

    All-in-all … i’m liking the direction Lexus is heading.


    • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

      I think that a LX F Sport would have been announced when the 2013 model made its debut in Detroit — though I suppose anything’s possible if the RX is getting an F Sport package.

      • Jake

        TBH, I would rather try to redesign the LX and GX so they can be good competitors in term of sales before the F Sport package. The LX and GX no longer need to be just a Toyota and they need to have a bigger differentiation just like the new ES and the Camry/Avalon. Until that, Lexus won’t sell so many units as they would because honestly, the product isn’t that great.

  • Japster

    The bigger car gets the smaller nav screen and under powered engine.  Go figure…

    • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

      Not sure what you mean — are you referring to the GS’ 12.3″ screen? Completely redesigning the front dash seems out of scope for a mid-cycle update.

      • Jake

        That’s what I think so. They are keeping that for the RX complete restyling due for 2014.

  • MT

    I still don’t get it if it has 6 or 8 gears. 

    Or maybe US versions get the 8-AT and the rest of the world the 6-speed? Because otherwise either the Geneva or the NY Lexus press release is faulty.

  • jruhi4

    In North America, only the RX 350 all-wheel-drive F Sport has the 8-speed transaxle. All front-wheel-drive RX 350s and AWD base RX 350 have 6 speeds.

    • Jake


      In the US only the RX 350 AWD F Sport will get the eight-speed transmission: http://www.lexus.com/about/news/index.html#/view-0/model-0/page-1/article-Lexus_Announces_Pricing_for_All_New_2013_GS_450h_.

      And as for Europe, RX450h gets six-speed transmission and so as the RX350 since no AWD is offered here.

      2013 RX350 and RX450h will arrive dealers by this April while RX350 F Sport is due for July.

      • MT

        In Aurstria (which obviously is in Europe) we only have AWD RXs. And only six speeds. 

        You can check the spec-sheets.

        What benefit has Lexus of putting different gearboxes in the same vehicle?

      • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

        I wonder if it might have something to do with the majority of RX sales in Europe being hybrids — perhaps mating the eight-speed with a hybrid powertrain wasn’t cost effective?

      • Jake

        Thing is that for the same product (RX350 AWD) the Americans get the 8-speed AT while Europeans don’t. The fact that the RX350s are built in Canada may have something to do with this issue?

        It would be interesting to know what would Lexus’ chief say about this.

      • MT

        The hybrid has the electrical CVT anyways. There is no xy-speed transmission in any Toyota/Lexus hybrid.

        Any AT is for gasoline-non electric version only. 

        There are more RXs sold in northern America han anywhere else on the world. Thats why i wonder why they would still put in the older AT for just a small number of cars.

      • Jake

        My mistake, then I don’t really know why Lexus would be fitting an 8-speed AT in the North American region while not adding it for the Europeans.

  • http://twitter.com/thethird92 Feliciano S. Ababon

    Design Concept: 2013 Lexus CT-200H SUV. [+]https://twitter.com/#!/thethird92/status/188918306743402497/photo/1 

    • Jake

      Thanks for sharing but not liking it at all, I’m still up to for the first concept CUV.

  • KBO

    I love how this F SPORT looks.  Part of this F SPORT is an appearance package, which makes it look more aggresive and sporty, so how come it doesn’t have a more sporty looking exhaust system? how about dual tail pipes?

    • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

      Good question — the rear is completely the same as the rest of the RX lineup as far as I can tell, there’s not even a F Sport badge.

      • Jake

        I think neither the IS F Sport or GS F Sport have any distinctive logo on their back for the F Sport Package.

  • http://www.facebook.com/OMG.ITZ.JOSH Josh Daugherty

    Sorry the new 2013 LX************

  • FooFoo

    Now the car looks like a cockroach -_________-“