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Lexus RX 350 F Sport

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Lexus RX 350 F Sport
Compared with the last RX we tested, the F Sport delivers only fractionally better grip and figure-eight swiftness. Admittedly, though, a new "lateral performance damping system" does deliver some upside. Using tuned dampers instead of traditional fixed suspension-mounting pieces at the front shock towers and in the rear subframe, the system helps absorb body flex and vibrations. Our fingertips say the steering feel conspicuously improved.

3.5L/270-hp/248-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve V-6
19-inch Dark Graphite wheels
The VDIM system essentially aggregates all the on-board chassis electronics (ABS, brake assist, traction and stability control, drive-by-wire throttle) and puts them under the simultaneous command of a single computer czar, which, Lexus says, improves performance and control. We didn't notice the VDIM on dry, Southern California roads -- even driving hard -- but, again, our test gear did measure some slight objective improvements.

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