The 2013 Lexus RX 350 F Sport. Photo courtesy of Lexus.

The 2013 Lexus RX 350 F Sport debuts at NYIAS

The 2013 Lexus RX 350 F Sport made its North American debut at NYIAS today, revealing optional all-wheel-drive, an F Sport tuned suspension and an eight-speed transmission at the beck and call of paddle shifters.

“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.”

Though perennially a pleasure to drive and ready to tackle the urban morass in any and all weather, the new RX 350 F Sport promises to up the ante with a new electronically controlled transmission mated to the 3.5-liter V6 engine.

The combination produces 270 horsepower at 6,200 rpm, benefitting from the use of miniature high-flow linear solenoids that allow precise shifting and clutch operation. The torque converter has a new low-speed lockup damper that enables lock-up throughout the gear range to improve fuel economy.

The 2013 Lexus RX 350 F SPORT also has an electronically controlled Active Torque Control AWD assuring surefooted performance in inclement weather. ATC utilizes an electric coupling before the rear differential to vary the distribution of torque front to rear from 100:0 to 50:50. When accelerating or on a slippery surface, torque is instantly routed to all four wheels. At speed, torque is restricted to the front wheels, enhancing fuel efficiency.

EPA ratings of 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway are expected to result from the 2013 RX 350 F Sport’s newly engineered performance package.

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