To coincide with their expansion to new models, Lexus just announced that they will be offering a 20% discount on all equipment from their F-Sport accessories line, up to $2,000 ($10,000 worth of merch) for the month of July.
The F-Sport program, in case you haven’t heard of it, is designed to allow buyers of the Lexus IS (and now the IS C and GS) to add dealer-installed sport accessories to their cars. This program has been open to IS customers since early 2008, but just recently expanded into the IS C (convertible) and GS line. For the IS, the available upgrades include better brakes, clutch, engine cover, exhaust, performance air intake, quick shifter, shock set, lowering springs set, chassis brace, sway bar set, 18- and 19-inch forged wheels, floor mats and shift knob. In other words, a poor-man’s.
Upgrades for the GS include brakes, 19-inch forged wheels, sway bar set, lowering spring set, shock absorber set, exhaust, performance air intake, engine cover, shift knob and floor mats. So almost as much as the IS.
When installed by a dealer, F-Sport parts carry a 12 month/12,000 mile warranty OR the balance of the new car warranty at the time of installation (4 years, 50,000 miles) which ever is greater. If the parts are not installed by a dealer, the warranty is 12 months/12,000 miles.
Here’s what’s great about this sort of program. You can buy these performance and appearance upgrades directly from the manufacturer, which means they carry the above warranty; something you’re not going to get from those cheap-ass upgrades you find on eBay or most other parts stores. You also know that the parts are installed correctly, almost as if it was coming from the factory floor that way. Lastly, these parts were engineered by the same people who engineer the car you’re putting them on; not some weirdo’s garage in New Hampshire (or China.) They’re going to work right.
Here’s what sucks about this type of program: the parts are normally really expensive; much more than typical aftermarket upgrades. For example, the 20% coupon helps curb those prices a bit, making it more affordable for tuners to feel safe about their modifications.for the IS costs $1,470 MSRP. After looking for a few other performance exhaust systems for the IS, I found their prices to hover around $650. Problem is, who knows how that exhaust will look, act, and sound? Plus, what about peace of mind with a warranty? Thankfully, the