Lexus IS-F | Auto Express

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Lexus IS F


The V8-powered IS-F is the outrageous motor Lexus has built. It’s blindingly and roars like an exotic sportster. But it still looks an IS and, while it’s fun on the it’s not yet proven on road.

Nor can the match the image or heritage of M3 or the Audi RS4, even if it is

Any self-respecting prestige brand an ultra-fast saloon in its line-up – and doesn’t want to get left The IS-F is touted as a rival for the RS4 and BMW M3, but does it live up to the hype?

Parked on the tarmac waiting for our drive at the Fuji Speed-way in it looks discreet. A bonnet makes room for the V8 engine, the revised front bumper and sills hint at the model’s performance potential.

In profile, no missing the super-low stance, yet to our it all looks more like an special than flagship car.

The interior changes are surprisingly as well. It’s as if the designers ran out of money or ideas. It’s a IS cabin with carbon-effect on the console.

Start the engine, and you can tell where the cash has gone. The unique unit was under the watchful eye of the Toyota Development division.

Essentially, the 4.6-litre motor from the which has been bored out and a new cylinder head. It produces at 6,600rpm and is an absolute gem – the sprint 0-60mph takes a claimed seconds. There’s plenty of torque too, and a fantastic note that sounds as inside the car as it does from the

Six-piston calipers grip 14-inch discs to ensure the slows down as well as it up. Lexus has also developed it claims is the world’s quickest-shifting transmission. Dubbed SPDS, for Direct-Shift, the automatic gearbox can ratios in only one-tenth of a

It’s faster and smoother VW’s DSG, and shifts are The set-up even blips the on downchanges. The lightning-fast responses flicking down the gearbox the steering wheel- mounted a real joy.

The Lexus is inspiring in the bends. With a chassis, stiffer dampers and weighted steering, it’s an drive.

Due to the heavy V8 sitting up front, the runs wide if you carry too speed into a corner. Get on the early, and the tail will

Lexus has developed a three-mode of its Vehicle Dynamics Inte-grated (VDIM) stability control to the newcomer on track. Change Normal to Sport mode, and the at which braking, steering and interventions kick in is raised. it off, though, and the power can unstick the rear tyres.

On a smooth circuit, the IS-F is an package, but we couldn’t help but how the car would deal with a bumpy B-road. We’ll to try it on UK tarmac before we know if the of BMW and Audi really need to to worry.


The high-performance compact executive the RS4’s V8 engine and quattro deliver crushing performance. Its and badge add appeal.

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