2014 Lexus IS350 F SPORT Track Tested

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by Ryan on 10.24.2013 10:50

Amid all the bona fide track lined up along the Streets of the 2014 Lexus IS350 F may seem a bit underwhelming. It’s the kid that’s just trying too to look cool, with a front grille and F SPORT officially spelled out in Caps It also looks remarkably to the previous generation IS, with a few swoops and jagged edges on again, for an almost desperately look.

It would appear that wanted to add the aura of performance, than actual performance. But not the case at all, actually.

the 3.5L V6 engine with 306 and 277 lb.-ft of torque hasn’t Lexus beefed up nearly other component in the car. drive models like one come with an excellent new automatic transmission, and the F SPORT ($3,620 option) adds gear ratio steering, and variable suspension, bigger 18-inch wheels and summer When you put it all together on the track, the is fantastic.

Not surprisingly, the new transmission and the smart are all-stars at high speed. easy to grab paddle tick off the gears with speed, and in SPORT S+ Mode, the old engine even joins the with extra pep and rev-happy The 2014 IS350 F SPORT lighter than its 3,800-lb. weight, thanks largely to the

In the rear is an all-new multilink while the front double is adopted from the larger GS, and in S+ they work together to the IS350 F SPORT grounded and around hair-raising bends.

A star, though, is the steering. electronic, which makes low breezy and high speeds up, but typically numbs driving and feedback. In the IS350, in many a Toyota at heart, this is a situation.

But rather than rob the car of its inherent the Variable Gear Ratio (VGRS) system enhances it, alive when pushed to the and delivering true and precise to the front wheels. There are nibbles of understeer, but the IS350 F is a dramatic improvement over models and carves through swinging swords like .

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Confidence from the suspension and will have you hitting like a pro, which you can get onto the throttle faster. And in the isn’t that the ultimate of this whole thing? The kicking out the back is more than inspiring, or hair-raising, but be having so much fun you won’t

This being a Lexus, there are nanny systems that you’ll want to before becoming one with car. Simply push the to turn off traction control. hold it down longer to stability control a step I missed.

I wish I hadn’t. The ESC those capable brakes to wheels to reduce both and sliding, both of which I to activate, not hamper, and it also the engine out of several sliding when I could have used some throttle. But systems are in place for a reason, and safety, not entertaining some

Enjoy it on the road and turn it off on the and you’ll find a longtime in the 2014 Lexus IS350 F At bigger issue is the transmission. fast and crisp, the IS350 automatically shift up without and ignore downshifts, even in mode.

With thrilling new gadgets and wares all over the luxurious the IS350 F SPORT has jumped say, 1.5 feet into the performance realm. In base the car starts at $39,465 MSRP and tested model runs While past models performance, this one mostly

If this is what the mid-level can do, imagine the 2015 IS-F.

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