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Every year some of the top tuning companies and automotive manufacturers in the world come together in Las Vegas for the SEMA Show. The show is closed to the public and features the latest and greatest in aftermarket tuning and automotive products.
Making an appearance at the 2011 event will be VIP Auto Salon with the Lexus IS 350 C – the convertible version of the sporty sedan. The California-based company aimed to make the convertible a stylish cruiser with performance to boot.
To start things off, a custom carbon fiber aerodynamic body kit was installed featuring all sorts of spoilers and diffusers at the front and rear of the car. A carbon fiber hood was added to shed weight and new headlight housings were installed that utilize VLEDS for better lighting. The fog lights and DRLs were also replaced with HID and LED lights for a more custom appearance. Then, a special K&W Custom Chameleon paint was applied that changes colors depending on the viewpoint, and Huper Optik Ceramic film by STM was installed for a contrasting look.
The Lexus IS 350C was also given a fresh stance. Forged Lexus F Sport 19-inch wheels in a full-face design were fitted and given Michelin Pilot Sport tires for added grip. VIP Auto Salon utilized Lexus F Sport lowering springs, Bilstein shock absorbers, and sway bars for the suspension along with a TOMS shock tower brace.
In terms of performance, the IS 350C may be outclassed by its more powerful IS F sibling, but this SEMA Lexus is anything but a slowpoke. The 3.5-liter V-6 was given a Power Enterprise Rotex Supercharger kit by Apexi and VIP Auto Salon, new PTS Joe Z Series header-back exhaust system, and Apexi Smart Accel Controller for a muscular 386 horsepower at 5,800 RPM and 372 lb-ft. at 5,200 RPM.
The interior of the VIP Auto Salon was given F Sport accessories, custom lighting, and upholstery additions. F Sport floor mats and shift knob were installed along with new LED lighting fixtures. Each seat features custom inserts by Top Stitch.
The VIP Auto Salon Lexus IS 350C will make its debut at SEMA on November 1st through 4th. Pricing and availability details on the accessories have not been released.
VIP Auto Lexus IS 350 C Specifications
Displacement: 3.5 liters
Number of Cylinders: V-6
Maximum Horsepower: 386 at 5,800 RPM
Maximum Torque: 372 lb-ft. at 5,200 RPM
-Power Enterprise Rotex Supercharger kit
-PTS Joe Z Series Header Back Exhaust System
-Apexi Smart Accel Controller
Type: Six-speed paddle-shift-sequential automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i)
Wheels, Tires, and Suspension:
Wheels: 19-inch F Sport full-face forged alloy
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport
-TOMS upper shock tower brace
-F SPORT Lowering Spring Set
-F SPORT Bilstein Shock Absorber Set
-F SPORT Sway Bar Kit
-Custom Carbon Fiber Aero Styling Package
-Consists of a Front Lip Spoiler, Side Diffuser, Rear Diffusers, Rear Trunk Spoiler, and Eye lines
-Seibon Carbon Fiber Hood
-Custom head light housing
-Custom Chameleon paint by K&W
-Huper Optik Ceramic film by STM
-HID Fog Light kit, and DRL LED replacement
-Custom Seat inserts by Top Stitch
-F SPORT Carbon Shift Knob
-F SPORT Floor mats
-F SPORT Carbon fiber Engine Cover
VIP Auto Lexus IS 350 C Gallery
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