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Lexus IS 250C F Sport on sale in Australia from $82,300

October 22, 2012

Lexus has introduced its 11th F Sport model in Australia, the Lexus IS 250C F Sport. Based on the current IS convertible, the F Sport adds a distinct level of sportiness and aggression to already sporty drop-top.

The F Sport package is available on almost all Lexus vehicles in the showroom. It adds styling tweaks inside and out, bespoke badges, unique interior trimmings, and a set of large alloy wheels.

In the IS 250C’s case, the F Sport comes with revised sports suspension with new bushings, retuned dampers, a special rear stabiliser bar, and sportier spring rates. Changes are made to enhance and improve the car’s driving character and handling.

Like the IS 350 F Sport (review here), the IS 250C F Sport gets an aggressive bodykit with sharper front and rear bumper bars and side skirts. The kit also includes a black mesh front grille with F Sport fog lights in the corners.

To top off the visual impact, the IS 250C F Sport comes with 10-spoke graphite-look 18-inch alloy wheels like the IS 250/IS 350 F Sport.

Inside, there’s a bespoke F Sport sports steering wheel and gear lever, black leather seats, special sill plates, and a unique black roof lining. There’s also contrasting stitching on parts of the trim in traditional F Sport theme.

Power comes from the same 2.5-litre naturally aspirated V6 as seen in the regular IS 250C. It produces 153kW of power and 252Nm of torque. It comes with an average fuel economy rating of 9.3L/100km.

Tony Cramb, Lexus Australia chief executive, spoke about the introduction of the 11th F Sport model, saying,

“F Sport has definitely resonated with Australian Lexus customers, with almost 50 per cent of IS 350 sales and one-third of CT 200h sales being F Sport models.

“Customers have come to appreciate the enhanced driving enjoyment and visual appeal that F Sport models bring, and IS 250C F Sport will be a welcome addition to the F Sport range.

“The addition of our 11th F Sport model reinforces the strength of the offering in Australia with F Sport models now available across our CT, IS, GS and RX lines, with the soon-to-be-launched LS 460 and LS 600h F Sport models rounding out the range.”

The new variant will officially hit the market in mid-November. Prices start at $82,300, excluding on-road costs.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.