Lexus IS-F: A new breed of Lexus.
The Lexus IS-F is the sole Japanese contender in
a crowd of compact high-performance sport sedans. Widely considered
a new breed of Lexus, the IS-F features advanced racetrack
technology with impeccable refinement and sophistication. Developed
at Japan’s Fuji Speedway, the IS F is the first ultra-high
performance car from Lexus.
Boasting a full complement of performance upgrades, including a
5.0-liter V8 mated to a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic
transmission, the 423-horsepower sedan blasts to 60 mph in well
under five seconds.
The IS-F is visually distinguished by its aggressive front splitter,
oversized hood, flared fenders, 19-inch wheels, rear spoiler, and
angle-stacked quad exhaust outlets. The interior features sporty
bucket seats, revised instrumentation, special trim, and additional
standard features. Of course, there are also plenty of "F" emblems
and escutcheons on the car. The cosmetics and nomenclature are nice,
but it is the mechanical ingredients that stir the soul.
Lexus engineers have lowered the car and beefed-up the
double-wishbone suspension with sport-tuned dampers, high-rate coil
springs, and hollow stabilizer bars. The standard wheels are 19-inch
forged units from BBS; wearing 225/40 R19 tyres up front and 255/35
R19 in the rear. A limited-slip differential ensures power is
consistently sent to both sides. Generous six-piston front and
two-piston rear calipers are in place to reign-in the 3,780-pound
The overall cabin is intimate, but comfortable for the driver and
shotgun passenger. The heavily bolstered sport seats fit well with
ample leg space. Set immediately behind the steering, perfectly
distanced from the fingertips, are dual transmission paddles. Lexus
has eliminated the middle rear seat, allowing just four passengers
to enjoy the IS-F.
With a press of the start button, the V8 springs to life. It's hard
to describe the sound that emanates from the IS-F under full
throttle. It starts as a deep, guttural rumble from the rear of the
car. As the speed builds, the engine's variable valve timing (VVT-iE)
takes charge and the audio moves rapidly forward.
The firewall strains to contain the beast that thunders from under
the hood above 4,000 rpm as the engine spins towards redline. The
audio track of the IS-F is near perfect. It is never tiring or
droning, and it always seems to get the pulse racing just right.
The eight-speed automatic transmission delivers warm buttery smooth
shifts that maximize economy. If you want to scream, it
instantaneously drops directly into the power band and breaks the
rear tyres loose taking you very smoothly to an electronically
restricted top speed of 270 Kmph.
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