First Look: 2010 Lexus IS 350C F-Sport Special Edition

Aimed at those seeking open-air flair with a bit more exclusivity, the 2010 Lexus IS 350C F-Sport Special Edition adds a focused combination of fashion and function to this performance-oriented retractable-hardtop coupe. Lexus will build only 100 of these F-Sport Special Edition models, which will incorporate a number of existing as well as bespoke elements from its F-Sport accessory line. Due to arrive in Lexus dealers at the end of the month, each IS 350C F-Sport Special Edition will sticker at $58,375 reflecting a savings of nearly $3,000 compared to adding the equivalent F-Sport parts to a standard 2010 Lexus IS 350C.

Available in either Tungsten Pearl or Obsidian, the Lexus IS 350C F-Sport Special Edition gets a unique sport grille and subtle I.D. badging in addition to 19-inch forged-alloy wheels wrapped in 35-series, Z-rated Michelin Pilot Sport tires. The car's fully revamped F-Sport suspension system features custom springs that lower its ride height by an inch, beefier anti-roll bars and a set of Bilstein shock absorbers, components Lexus claims were specifically engineered to sharpen handling response without sacrificing ride quality. As a final touch, the anti-lock disc brakes on the Special Edition get F-Sport upgraded rotors and calipers that provide better pedal feel and improve fade resistance.

Inside, the 2010 Lexus IS 350C F-Sport Special Edition takes its game up a notch with heated/ventilated seats covered in black leather trimmed in exclusive Special Edition blue accent stitching, wood accent elements, F-Sport logo shift knob and floormats, and an individually numbered badge. Other standards include the Lexus Navigation system, XM Satellite Radio plus a full suite of XM real-time features, Lexus Enform telematics with Safety Connect, a rear backup camera and Bluetooth connectivity. Also included in the mix are bi-xenon headlamps with washers and corner-following adaptive front lighting.

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