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Lexus’s new sport-inspired Concepts Exposed

The Japanese automaker gives the LFA, IS F, CT 200h, and LS even more performance.

At the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon, Lexus unveiled five new performance concepts that showcase the sporty side of the brand. Lexus featured one factory tuned CT 200h and two IS Fs and their debut alongside an aftermarket tuned LS 460 and a racecar-version of the LFA.

The upcoming sport-hatchback-hybrid Lexus CT 200h made its F-Sport debut at the Auto Salon, giving a preview of the factory sport options that will be available once the new model hits the market. The CT 200h was fitted with new accessories such as a more aggressive body kit from Modellista and new F-Sport alloy wheels. Inside the sport-hybrid are new Recaro sport seats, offering greater lateral support than the stock seats.

Lexus also unveiled the new IS F CCS-R (Circuit Club Sport Racer). Aimed at transforming the IS F into a lighter, high-performance track star, Lexus has given the sedan a number of new exterior and interior upgrades. All body panels have been replaced with lighter carbon fiber components. New front and rear spoilers along with the trunklid and new hood with cooling vents are also made from the lightweight material. Inside a new frameless construction roll cage and six-point safety harnesses provide greater safety. Carbon fiber is also used on the dashboard, door trim, and center console for a sportier feel. A new short-diameter steering wheel with paddle shifts is fitted to give the driver improved control. For better handling and braking, the IS F CCS-R has been equipped with a racing suspension, brakes, cooling, exhaust, new forged alloys with race slicks, and a mechanical limited-slip differential.

Another IS F also made an appearance alongside the CCS-R; the IS F Club Performance Accessory. Created by TRD (Toyota Racing Division), the new Club Performance Accessory gives a glimpse at new options Lexus could be offering in the future for the IS F. The Club Performance Accessory features new front and rear spoilers, a rear diffuser, and carbon fiber hood. New multi-spoke magnesium wheels, a sport suspension and brakes, mechanical limited-slip differential, and titanium exhaust are equipped for improved handling and performance. Inside, the Club Performance Accessory also wears new carbon fiber trim pieces and is fitted with new orange sport seats.

Alongside the factory tuned models were two aftermarket Lexus models. Gazoo Racing presented their LFA racecar, which successfully competed in the 2010 Nürburgring 24 Hours race. TOM’s also showcased their tuning program for the Lexus LS 460 executive sedan.

No pricing or release dates were released for any of the Lexus models. Expect the new upgrades and accessories found on the IS F and CT 200h to find their way to showrooms in the future as factory sport options.

Lexus CT 200h:
-Modellista body kit
-Alloy wheels
-Recaro sport seats

Lexus ISF CCS-R:
-Carbon fiber body panels
-Front and rear carbon fiber spoilers
-Carbon fiber trunklid
-Carbon fiber hood with air vents
-Frameless construction roll cage
-Polycarbonate windows
-Carbon fiber dashboard, center console, and door trim
-Six-point safety harness
-Short diameter steering wheels with paddle shifter
-Racing suspension, brakes, and cooling and exhaust systems
-Mechanical limited-slip differential
-Forged alloy wheels with racing slick tires

Lexus IS F Club Performance Accessory:
-Front and rear spoilers
-Rear diffuser
-Carbon fiber hood
-Carbon fiber interior trim
-Orange sport seats
-Mechanical limited-slip differential
-Sports suspension and brakes
-Titanium exhaust
-Magnesium wheels

[Source: Lexus]

What was your favorite Lexus at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon? Leave a comment and let us know!

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