Test drive: 2013 Lexus IS-F is hot-rod carnage with subtle refinement – Phoenix Auto Review | Examiner.com

27 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Test drive: 2013 Lexus IS-F is hot-rod carnage with subtle refinement – Phoenix Auto Review | Examiner.com

At fire up, the engine a purring vibration through seat that’s ever reminding you what you are driving. The are stiff and tight with bolsters, making sure the hum isn’t lost when you throttling it hard.

The interior design is old-generation with the difficult to use touch-screen center stack, but that fades when you notice details like embroidered logos, contrast stitching and bespoke elements that

Optioned in our IS-F tester was the Levinson premium audio with touch-screen navigation, and all of the latest applications which tap phone’s dataplan. You can connect up Bluetooth enabled widgets and smart phone.

The 8-speed automatic transmission is the one offered, but has paddle shifters on the wheel that encourage use. There’s a sport on the steering wheel which up the sharpness of throttle response and shifts considerably.

The suspension is like it should be in a serious car, the power steering and direct. Turning the wheel effort, making this an athletic exercise. Rewarding work, the IS-F corners wicked grip

The chassis performs as if it has the aftermarket from the catalog bolted on. But it remains refined like the Lexus it is. It seemingly has a 50/50 in transitions from left to though actual weight is 54/46.

The 2UR-GSE 5.0 liter 416 horsepower power comes on in the rev range, thus isn’t a tire smoker. In fact the rear differential and electronic nannies pretty much any such uncivilized show of Even with traction off, launches are all thrust, dust.

Lexus IS F

The sound it makes is just The engine has duel intake one of which opens up at 3,600 rpm and That would be the noisy because when you mash the and hit that rpm you get a sonic boom of that makes you want to do it

The transmission did have an inconsistent way of orders however. The manual via steering wheel paddles or lever are quick and direct it wants to, non existent when it

The rev-matching feature was a nice when down shifting a curve provided you aren’t for it too early. If you do, it just won’t do it. up shifting in manual mode let you hit the rev limiter if you aren’t right with another one behind it.

are small quibbles tho as once you it’s quirks you can rattle up and down like smack. it’s a car that can make you like a pro if you’re a moderately driver, and save your if you are a novice.

The 2013 Lexus IS-F has the thing of icons and legends for the brand. As the 2014 IS sedans are now without the IS-F big brother we can hope they have plans for a future model to again wear this

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