2008 Lexus IS-F Review | The Truth About Cars

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Lexus IS F

2008 Lexus IS-F

By P.J. McCombs on January 21,

Hammering the IS-F through the desert two-lanes of Rosamond, I tried to remind myself: driving a Lexus.” But the 416-horsepower leaves little time for monologues. Caned hard, the reels in straight-aways like Triton#39;s spey rod. arrive before your can catch up. Quick!

Turn in, dip the unwind the hefty steering and the skittering rear wheels you through the apex. Then down at the silver “L” at your chest. Cognitive much?

Yes, well, exactly what Lexus has in No longer content to be characterized as a of exceedingly well-built Buicks, is now vying for the youth vote. The ambitious charge: lure hormonal enthusiasts away Euro thoroughbreds like the M3, the brand’s image and pour blood into its late demographic pool.

It’s a sensible strategy. But is a four-letter word in this marketing exercise. Lexus buyers to think of this and F variants as something a lot more than its ice cool luxobarges.

the IS-F’s press materials it as a controversial anomaly, the rogue of “a covert team of working deep within the giant. Suffice it to say, it for some eye-rolling reading.

mind. The IS-F’s vitals for themselves: a 5.0-liter V8 churning out the 416 ponies (and 371 ft.-lbs. of rear-wheel-drive, 14.2-inch drilled and front discs, 19” BBS wrapped in staggered-width rubber and traction and stability control. in a Lexus.

Unfortunately, to partake of this hardware you have to look at the The IS-F looks like a shark losing a fight a steamroller. In fairness, the IS-F’s bulbous nose and filter-feeder are largely a necessity of function; its motor wouldn’t have anything sleeker. But otherwise, the ain’t got no alibi.

Surveying its skirts, flares, and stacked tailpipes (which don’t connect to the exhausts), one wonders how “youthful” an audience Lexus’ had in mind.

Still interested? Step rub your aching eyes, and be that the cabin’s only touches are de rigeur plasti-alloy plates and aluminum pedals. the scenery is standard IS, which a high cowl, modest slits, and snug proximics at the

It’s a fairly dark and place to work, and the acres of dash polymers do little to the mood.

Clearly, the F’s not to eat an M’s lunch on aesthetics So let’s drive

Lexus IS F

Punch the button to get the V8 humming, release the parking brake, and slide the shifter into “D.” Oh, did I that the IS-F is automatic The eight-speed slushbox tries to involve the driver#8211; blipping its and allowing manual control snappy aluminum finger but when your right arm and foot are barred from the a forlorn sense of distance is It’s a fatal flaw, F’s “…” design

Nosing onto a crowded raises more questions this Lexus’ M-beating First impressions are of the cabin’s hush, the soft-feel pedals and the yet plush steering, which your fingertips from in the asphalt. Crusty low-speed aside, the IS-F feels bit the cool, coddling Lexus.

a long, empty ribbon of the IS-F again reveals a split personality. Flexing right foot rips the layers of Lexus fluff. At acceleration is torrential and torque-soaked.

Lexus claims 0-60 in 4.9 seconds.” Any attempt to prove right/wrong and the V8’s murmur to a frenzied howl, courtesy of a air intake that opens at rpm. You might as well be its head out from underwater, so is the shift in its voice.

There’s a downside to the F’s binary Mr. Hyde only comes out to above safe, legal The chassis boasts tasty at the limit, and the steering enlivens under load.

But given the immense grip, you’d be to sample either trait on morning commute. So you back the engine fades to Muzak and patented anesthetic drips into the primary controls.

Why does this cost again?

And that’s the problem the IS-F. To sprinkle the magic of desirability onto Lexus’ performance sub-brand, this car to match its Euro rivals for appeal, beat them on and let enthusiasts fill in the “cachet” The IS-F misses the marque; a sort of designer-label STI, or an dandy city cousin.

Get on this one, Lexus. that “F” may come to for nothing much.

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