Review: Lexus IS F – Page 1 | Luxury Insider – The Online Luxury Magazine

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Lexus IS F

Another electrifying run in the revamped Lexus IS F is a strong reminder of the sport sedan#39;s poweful credentials

In a market saturated by ubiquitous Teutonic offerings like ‘M’, ‘AMG’ and ‘RS/S’, it’s easy enough to overlook the IS F, Lexus’ contender in the compact performance sedan segment. In fact, the brand’s seductive message extolling its relentless pursuit of perfection has resulted in most people looking the other way, to the sublime comfort end of the spectrum, when they interpret the brand’s ideology (as opposed to the dynamic performance portion, as illustrated by the IS F and the LFA).

In Singapore, the brand is associated with service, comfort, reliability and to a certain extent, conservatism, so the notion of a performance car is far removed from most minds when ‘Lexus’ is raised. We’re probably wrong, but it almost seems as though the Lexus performance models here are regarded with the “what were they thinking?” type of embarrassment everybody knows they are there but doesn’t want to talk about them which is a real shame as far as the IS F and LFA are concerned. It has been awhile since such specialized sportscars have issued forth from a brand whose mass market range is more typically associated with the Corolla and Camry.

Like its contemporaries, the IS F boasts subtle styling that hints at its performance prowess but these touches are never in-your-face perfect for owners who appreciate the V8’s boisterous performance, yet prefer to travel incognito without the accompanying tell-tale bulges. Apart from the functionally aggressive aero-styling, the sharp-eyed would have picked up the bonnet bulge (to better accommodate the V8), fender flares (for wider tyres and rims) and stacked tailpipes (we think this is pretty awesome!).

Lexus IS F

In fact, during our time with the IS F, most people mistook it for an IS250 with a bodykit. We reckon this is only bad news for owners who need to keep their egos well-fed; we’ve always been huge fans of sleeper hits like the IS F that speak softly for the most part. until it pulls out its big V8 stick!

The test car’s Exceed Blue Metallic isn’t particularly inconspicuous since it attracts attention wherever it goes (it is after all called Exceed). Visually, the 2011 facelift has Xenon headlights and trendy DRLs (Daytime Running Lights).

The more interesting enhancements are inside the cabin and under the skin of the car. The funky black-orange leather combination may not be to everybody’s tastes, but gives you a peek at Lexus’ more flamboyant facet.

Compared with the previous car’s conventional instrument layout, we prefer the current oversized rev counter matched with a smaller sportsbike-esque speedometer rated to 320km/h perhaps a nod to Yamaha’s involvement in the engine development? The meters monitoring oil and water temperatures are kept off-center, but within eyeline for easy reference. The facelift also adds a Sport button to the steering wheel, which weighs up the steering for a meatier feel during enthusiastic driving.

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