There’s no doubt in everybody’s mind as to what would be the meanest of all Lexuses – the IS350. Coming out with scathing auto reviews compared to it’s direct competitor, the BMW 3-Series and it’s Audi counterparts, Lexus decided to go all out on the rear-wheel drive IS350 and came up with the IS-F. Replacing the 306 hp rated V6 powerhouse on the regular IS350 with a 416 hp 5.0 liter V8 resulted in a 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds and a governed top speed of 170 mph. The 6-speed automatic F1 style paddle-shifts turned away to gear up on the 8-speed transmission from the Lexus flagship large luxury LS460.
Personally speaking, the IS-F is a huge step in the right direction for Lexus’s sporty image if they would like to have one and the specs are listed here on the official pages. But I thought they could’ve worked on the exterior quite a bit. Looks rather or ermmm somewhat plain-jane. The worst part of the car comes in the rear with it’s unnecessary tall butt and 2 dual-stacked exhaust pipes. And a funny piece of information is that the one exhaust on each side isn’t connected but used to resonate better exhaust sounds.
Someone over at SEMA got some other ideas with the IS-F for their wheel production business and boy do they have a looker. Those Cadillac ads on tv talking bout how “when you turn your car on, does it return the favor” and the monkey-faced female driver with the slurring voice who says all that in the ad now has a lot of thinking to do because all that hard drive yadda yadda yadda and satellite nav yadda yadda yadda she talks about the CTS Caddys are available in a much better looking car. This IMHO should be the real Lexus IS-F. The current stock IS-F looks like crap but not this one below.
This black ISF was designed by a wheel (rims?) company – FiveAxis, but rumor on the block is that Lexus will be commissioning FiveAxis’ design for an even F’er ISF. If the F in IS-F stands for FAST, maybe they’re going to have it IS2F2F as in IS-2Fast2Furious? 😛 Just a joke but this is one serious design nonetheless and you gotta give it to the man.
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