New RX F Sport Performance Package gets a little something from the LC.
From the LFA to the GS F, Lexus has been known to make some hugely desirable performance machines. It also makes SUVs, but it's never combined the two the way some of its European rivals have until now.
That changes – at least a little – with the arrival of the new Lexus RX F Sport Performance Package, launched for the 2020 model year with at least one key performance upgrade, and a few more enhancements besides. And now, thanks to CarsDirect, we know how much it'll set you back.
Upgrading on the carryover F Sport package, the new F Sport Performance Package adds not only visual enhancements, but also the active variable suspension system from the LC coupe. That stands to make it a much sharper-handling vehicle, which has not been known to be the RX's strong suit. It also gets electric power steering, a cold air intake, active sound control, a heated steering wheel, and more heavily bolstered red leather seats. What it doesn't get, unfortunately, is a more powerful engine than the RX 350's 295-horsepower V6 or the RX 450h's 308-hp hybrid powertrain.
We don't know if the package will be offered with both powertrains, or for that matter in both sizes (RX and RX L). But as it is, the report indicates that the 2020 RX 350 with the F Sport Performance Package will set you back $51,375, or $52,775 ($1,400 more) with all-wheel drive (destination charge included). So while it may not hustle off the line the same way that will, say, a full-fledged, hundred-grand Mercedes-AMG GLE63 or BMW X5 M, it also won't cost half as much. Here's hoping a bigger punch is in the works to go with the new suspension.