Lexus IS F – Overview – CarGurus

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About the Lexus IS F

The Lexus IS now has a big brother, the IS F. Tighten your friends, for it takes direct aim at the BMW M3. Yaguchi, former head of brand strategy, and his band of skunkworks brothers created it on their own time. These include friends at Yamaha, has long worked with in engine development, and friends at Technocraft (they build race cars).

The IS F is powered by an 5.0-liter V8 borrowed from the LS 600h L – minus the hybrid and plus some Yamaha like new high-flow heads set up for direct and port fuel-injection. performance at the low end is achieved with sets of injectors working, high-rev ranges need direct injection, thereby better fuel economy.

four valves per cylinder, the valves are titanium with exhaust valves and hollow The engine is equipped with variable timing on the intake and hydraulic variable valve on the exhaust side.

To keep the oil from … air when the IS F is 0.9g through the turns, engineers developed an oil pump scavenges oil from the cylinder down to the pan. A dual-inlet air is set up to open the secondary intake 3,600 RPM, when the Mr. personality of this beauty over, breathing directly a port opening in the enlarged front fascia.

All of this and more produce 416 hp at RPM, just shy of the engine’s redline; that’s 2 more than the new BMW M3’s V8. The 0-60 depending on who you read, happens in 4.7 (Motor Trend), 4.6 seconds or 4.2 seconds (Car and Driver).

a few “purist” reviewers actually the lack of a manual transmission, progressive – read speed-minded – hailed the souped-up eight-speed offered by Lexus. Picked the LS parts bin, Lexus and jointly developed the IS F’s transmission.

The LS gear ratios were but with the addition of highly shifting software, the IS F can bang out as fast as (and some claim faster than) the F430’s sequential gearbox. the transmission into Direct mode, and the torque converter is for all eight gears, making it a sporty automatic – you can either shift or let the transmission do it.

Switch to Manual mode, and out of first gear, the torque locks up for a direct connection as you the paddle shifters through the seven gears. So a cruise town will find the on its best behavior as a luxury shifter, but head off to the track, and you a Formula 1 sequential shifter can match shifts with a

Starting with the basic IS 350 Mr. Yaguchi and his friends kept the double control arm layout, but sheet steel for aluminum and the lower control arm bushings 20% The spring rates and gas shocks are 90% while the front, hollow bar is 10% stiffer and the rear solid thicker and stiffer than of the IS 350.

The rear five-link spring rates and shocks are 50% with the IS F an overall 0.8 inches to the ground. The car achieves a 54/46 balance.

Steering and road have always been areas of road testing in BMW’s deserved acclaim has carried the day. Mr. Yaguchi and tackled this area of the IS F’s performance by developing a new – for Lexus – steering system.

The electric power rack and system features speed-sensitive with Normal and Sport that tie in with the Vehicle Integration Management (VDIM) – the master control traction and stability control with input from the throttle, transmission, ABS, limited-slip rear end, and

While the IS F shares the same design with its siblings, its performance potential necessitated alterations. The front track was an inch, and the rear track but the body measures 0.6 inches to fit larger wheels, and 3.3 inches added to the overall length of the The front fascia is more with lower vents to enhance engine breathing and cooling.

New front fenders large air extractor vents to assist brake cooling. paneling on the underbody cleans up the and reduces high-speed lift. governed to 168 mph, Mr.

Yaguchi the IS F is good for 186 mph.

In order to this luxury sports the brakes have to be just as Equipped with Brembo cross-drilled discs with calipers up front and 13.6-inch discs with twin-piston in back, reviewers found it impossible to abuse them fading at the IS F’s unveiling at the Laguna Seca race in California.

Yet when you climb into rocket ship’s four-seat you find Lexus luxury and The layout is simple and elegant: very supportive and comfortable seats with elegant composite trim on the doors and console. Leather abounds, black seat leather and stitching or white on black polished and perforated alloy and a hooded instrument cluster chrome-ringed instruments with numbers on black backgrounds by blue pointers.

Okay, how a ride? Push the chrome-ringed button. The quiet burble of the tuned exhaust system alert you that this is no Lexus – even for an IS.

But it is only 3,400 RPM that you’ll no doubt that you’ve into a rocket ship leather seats. Winding Magazine reported that, V8 engine pulls like a Pacific locomotive from to its 6,800-rpm redline.”

Lexus reviewers to Laguna Seca to them how the IS F handles. One reviewer out that a race course is the place where the full of the IS F can be safely experienced. For three Lexus worked at the IS F’s handling and qualities.

They did extensive testing at the Speedway in Japan, in Europe, at the Nurburgring’s Nordschleife in Germany, and at courses in California.

The IS F does not Set the VDIM system to Normal and you a comfortable ride – a bit firmer than the ordinary Lexus ride – in a sedan that shifts for all your normal driving and is powered by a quiet Lexus V8.

Sports mode, though, and rocket time. The steering more “road engaging” a heavier feel and more to road conditions.

The electronic reaction times are faster, but of all the transmission transforms into a 1 gearbox, banging shifts at higher revs faster most humans can flick a shift. The stability and traction systems are more forgiving, you to hang that tail out a longer than in Normal

You can also shut most of the – except for the ABS – off and try seat-of-the-pants driving, but claims that faster lap are achievable in Sport mode. registers 0.91 g. The brakes are up to you can handle on the track – 60-0 mph up in 106 feet. The engine also a character transformation above RPM, bellowing a wicked as the revs soar and scenery

There’s a beep at 6,400 reminding you to hit the paddle shifter for an while downshifts automatically the engine on the way to engaging – try downshifting to a that’s too low, and you’ll get a beep warning.

Reviewers unanimous in their praise of the IS F’s and differ only in degree as to how a challenge to the BMW M3 it presents. They are all at a chance to do a back-to-back comparison of these uber sports There is little doubt the Lexus IS F is a car that needs to be against the BMW M3, the Audi RS4, and the C63 AMG.

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