LAS VEGAS -- Maybe it's just me, but it seemed like the 2013 SEMA Show was just full of black-and-white 2014 Lexus IS sedans. Okay, maybe not full of 'em, but I'm sure that I spotted about a half dozen of them peppering the expanses of the show.
Most of the vehicles that Lexus previewed were scattered around the show. This IS 350 F-Sport, displayed in the Seibon booth, features extensive Seibon carbon fiber bodywork and sits atop 20-inch Volk Racing G27 wheels wrapped in Yokohama tires and A'Pexi N1 dampers. A'Pexi also manufactures the axleback dual exhaust system.
The IS F-Sport's crazy bodywork is coated with a custom, satin-white paint job that makes the creases really pop. The result is a design that's so mad it makes the IS sedan's crazy headlamp-and-LED combo look rather understated.
To call the DeviantArt Design Challenge IS F-Sport a "wide-body" seems like a bit of an understatement. Flared bodywork at the front and rear corners protrudes as far from the main chassis as far as most cars' wheels are wide.
The sedan's wide, deep-rimmed wheels are shod with stretched tires. Look at the wheel straight on and you can see that the rim's lip protrudes away from the rubber of the tire. It's not my cup of tea, but the trendy "Stance" crowd seems to like it.
Back in the Lexus booth, the DeviantArt IS F-Sport is flanked on one side by a matte black example of the second-generation Lexus IS. This 2007 IS 250 is presented by its owner, Andrew Atigehchi, and features 20-inch wheels, an aero package, and F-Sport performance accessories.
On the other side of the mad, matte third-generation IS, there's an example of the first-generation IS sedan. Owner Maricar Cortez brings this 2004 IS 300 to the show with a Prolex Performance Supercharger, custom dual exhaust, and JDM Altezza grille.