Top 5 Tuned Lexus


Yes, the plural of Lexus is Lexus.

They may notbe everyone’s favorite carmaker, but there’s plenty of interest in aftermarketpackages for Lexus models – from the IS to the LFA – across the globe. SEMA hascertainly had its fair share of customized cars from the Japanese marque ondisplay over the years, while over in the Land of the Rising Sun there arecountless tuners you can call upon to create bespoke parts and add some more horsepowerfor whatever model of Toyota’s luxury brand you happen to drive. Here are fiveof the most interesting.

Lexus andtuning partner Five Axis unveiled an aftermarket package for the 2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport model at SEMA 2012 in the form of an aggressive body kit. Five Axishas added new lines, large fender vents and a rear bumper with integratedslotted diffuser. Finished in custom matte titanium with touches of pewter greyon the grille, aero aids and exhaust tips, the LS has been lowered, itssuspension stiffened with an AirRunner TC-5 suspension kit, and it rides on aset of the tuner's own 22-inch alloys. No engine mods were noted so assume the4.6-liter V8 is still good for 386 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque.

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Lesser-knownJapanese tuner Skipper created exterior modifications for the 2013 Lexus GS,subtly changing the appearance of the aggressive sedan to excellent effect. Anew front lip spoiler is available in bare carbon fiber or to match the body color,and a carbon-fiber front bumper cover is also on offer. The aftermarketpackage is rounded off with side skirts, a carbon-fiber trunk decal, roofspoiler and exhaust covers, giving Lexus' mid-size luxury sedan the extra dose of attitude it needs to stand out from a sea of metallic beige.

Custom-builtfor an exclusive client of Fox Marketing, the Black Mamba is basedon the Lexus IS F and features a sinister Onyx Black exterior, contrasted by anAlpine White interior with black stitching, and smoked rear taillights. It alsoboasts full sheet-metal wide-body rear flares, plastic welded side skirts andrear bumper cover, and sits on a set of 20-inch iForged Performance Flux alloyswith custom white bolts and wrapped in Toyo tires. An unspecified boost inperformance is provided by a rear-mounted twin-turbo kit by Turbonetics, while completing the package is aset of 2012 Lexus headlights with DLRs and Factory Lexus bigbrakes.

Dubbed the ExecutiveLine, veteran Japanese tuning house Wald International’s aero package for the 2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sportincludes the usual suspects, from the front spoiler, side skirts and rear apronwith integrated diffuser to darkened headlamp and taillight bezels. Completingthe aggressive look for the already-enhanced luxury sedan is a fresh set of alloys, and Wald also offers an assortmentof other goodies available upon request, including a larger boot spoiler and asuspension kit.

The previous-gen LSmodified by Toyota Motorsport GmbH boasts matte champagne bodywork with TMG badging as well as the 5.0-liter V8 from theLexus IS-F but with two turbochargers and an intercooler bolted on. The result is a massive 650 hp and 564 lb-ft of torque. The highly-modifiedsuper-sedan also has Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, 20-inch wheels, a Torsen differential, a beefed-upeight-speed automatic transmission, a multi-link coilover suspension with Sachsdampers and an exhaust system with quad tips. The result of all those modifications is a projected0-62 time of 3.9 seconds and a 199 mph top speed.

Honorary mention goes to PUR Wheels, who really stepped up its game when it released its aftermarket creationspecifically for the Lexus LFA. Sensationally titled Project Reignfire, the LFA rides on a new set of PUR 4OUR Depth Wheels. The 21-inch rims are finishedin black with a gray gloss Lumiere coating, contrasting brilliantly with thesupercar's deep red exterior paint. The 4.8-liter V10 engine was left untouched, but with 552 horsepower on tap, what sort of enhancements would it really need, anyway?