2008 Lexus IS F – Long-Term Road Test – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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Lexus IS F

2008 Lexus IS F

Rough After 13 months with lusty M3 fighter, we have one suggestion: Fix the ride!

Every so our long-term fleet acquires a kind of car. Not a 10Best Not a comparison-test winner.

Rather, a car changes its segment or signals a shift in its maker’s attitude. The IS F both. It’s a Lexus true enthusiast credentials. is roughly equivalent to saying a granny who writes in regularly to Forum .

The F stands apart Lexus’s sporty IS line of with its large fender 19-inch BBS wheels with summer-only tires, and a hood a serious power bulge. that bulge resides an powerful 5.0-liter, direct- and V-8 that delivers 416 horsepower a slick eight-speed automatic. magic setup is accompanied by a exhaust soundtrack.

Our IS F arrived last May with so standard features that the options we asked for were a navigation system and a $73 trunk This is a fashionably snug car so we passed on the sunroof in favor of the 1.8 inches of headroom it eats up. We the Starfire Pearl paint Lexus-speak for pearlescent white.

Our IS F in daylight and sparkled in twilight, and a formed quickly on the left to get in it. The tab to $59,388.

That paint job also to tone down the F’s fender flares and allowed us to under the radar, as long as the were below 4000 Once above that the exhaust note turns a low grumble to a kind of baritone Passing Ann Arborites in the know quick to turn and marvel at the sound.

Inside the car, became addicted to the somewhat but wild roar that the cabin when the intake opens.

Power and spooky rumblings aside, the one aspect of the personality that got the most was its hard ride. Hardly a entry was written without of it. Some said it was just rough; some said it was to the point of seasickness.

Others did not seem to mind, and a few enjoyed it, but those folk drive ’30s hot rods.

Lexus IS F

the IS F sits so low to the road and its big wheels little space between and tire, there is very suspension travel available, and the tune is firm.

The car bucks and and never settles down; it bob like an apple over a good freeway. Nonetheless, claims its sophisticated sport-tuned offers improved body without degrading ride We disagree.

One of our number with deep credentials noted astutely: really needs a good consultant to fix this car.”

Ride aside, the IS F proved to be an assault vehicle, expressly for attacking expressways. While at 85 mph, the eight-speed automatic the revs below 2300 We averaged 21 mpg over the 40,000-mile for this naturally aspirated with 416 horses. Consider our long-term BMW M3. which kicks out 414 has returned 17 mpg over 30,000 of its stay here.

The IS F has achieved fuel economy as as 28 mpg a few times, but its range on a full exceeded 400 miles only

How popular was this modern-day It took just two weeks for it to up the 1000 miles required for its visit to the Lexus shop, it got a cursory inspection and a check of A little later, at 5000 the dealer changed the IS F’s oil for the time and examined the brakes.

first two stops were but every 5000 miles that, the maintenance work with a bill. At 10K, and 40K miles, the car got a brake-pad measurement with the new oil and a new battery for the key fob. of those stops ran $163.

The 15K-mile stop, costing included undercarriage, brake, and inspections; new engine oil; and a of the cabin air filter. At 25K and 35K miles, the car required fresh engine oil and a inspection. The costs mysteriously from $156 for the 25K-mile to $143 for the one at 35,000 miles.

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