Lexus IS350 F-Sport – AskMen

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Lexus IS350



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A is happening at Lexus. The company for its competent — yet somewhat — luxury cars is pursuing the younger, performance-minded enthusiast. Two generations of the IS sedan lured new enthusiasts to the brand, and the IS F has shown the world that is ready to run with established icons like the M3 and RS4.

not every potential Lexus can afford the IS F’s $60K tag, and Lexus wants to sure that a broader of consumer can enjoy the company’s new to sport tuning. So, Lexus its line of F-Sport performance at the 2007 SEMA show in Las Think of F-Sport as Lexus’ of TRD or Nismo: factory-engineered products to enhance performance while OEM-like levels of reliability.

The latest car to benefit from line of F-Sport products is the and we got the chance to take a fully F-Sport IS350 for a spin.

All the are pricey, but not all of them effective. For our we’d add just the suspension and upgrades and save a few grand by the engine stuff — but just us.

The 3.5-liter V6 in the F-Sport IS350 a bit easier thanks to a performance air and axle-back exhaust. The intake a high-flow air filter and a TIG-welded aluminum pipe. Lexus that this C.A.R.B. intake can provide up to a 3% increase in horsepower.

The 60-millimeter axle-back is made of polished 304 stainless and provides up to a 1.5% bump in

Suspension upgrades consist of lowering springs, Bilstein and thicker sway bars. Our car was also equipped with 19-inch wheels wrapped in sticky Michelin rubber. A upgrade, consisting of massive rotors squeezed by six-piston up front and four-piston calipers in the was also added to our test

So, how does this car drive? To us, it seem that different the standard IS350. Power is strong, but the response still like it is being choked by the automatic transmission.

If any Lexus benefit from a six-speed or at least a good dual auto, it would be this You can tell that the power is and wants to get out, it’s that the transmission won’t let it. also a very annoying, loud drone at about rpm, a spot in which the likes to spend a lot of time.

Handling is a much better Despite being much than stock, the F-Sport ride is really quite We dare say that the ride can be described as “comfortable.” The sticky Pilots provide an incredible of grip, and the feedback they to the steering wheel lets the really feel engaged the road.

The only problem these tires, as is the case most sets of performance is that they cause the car to a lot. Anyone expecting a “Lexus-like” driving experience in which you just point the car in the you want to go and forget about else — will be disappointed.

The most amazing upgrade in car has to be the brakes. Yeah, they as all performance brakes do, but damn, do ever stop the car well. The car go from any speed to zero the you stomp on the “stop” pedal.

And after repeated heavy these stoppers won’t any sign of fade.

The Lexus F-Sport manages to be what the IS F — attractive. The F-Sport’s stance, dished wheels and exhaust tips add just the amount of menace to the already-handsome IS sedan. But beyond the bright brake calipers or polished tips, the F-Sport’s image is understated.

Inside the IS350 F-Sport, nothing has changed. It’s the interior that is found in any Driving position is good, the low roof makes things a bit cramped for taller drivers.

The isn’t all that usable, but we’re not in the business of carting our or colleagues around, the tight really isn’t a concern for us. Our car also came with excellent touchscreen nav/command complete with rearview All in all, the cockpit was what expect from a Lexus, but like to see at least an F-Sport seat upgrade offered in the future.

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