• Dec 4th 2006 at 7:53AM
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About this time last month, Automotive News reported that Lexus would reintroduce their L-tuned lineup of vehicles in order to compete in the ever-growing, performance luxury marketplace. Well, it seems that the letter 'L' has been dispatched in order to make room for the real performance division of Lexus.
'F,' as it turns out, stands for 'fast,' and will grace the trunk lid of Lexus vehicles that seek to do battle amidst the AMGs and Ms of the world.

The first F-inagled Lexus to make its debut will be a hotted-up version of the IS sedan, equipped with a 5-liter V8. What was originally assumed to be called the IS500, the newly dubbed IS-F will come with a revised version of the V8 that resides in the LS600h L and will produce upwards of 425 HP. Pricing is expected to come in around $50k, and is aimed squarely at the upcoming M3.

Other models expected to get the 'F' treatment include the GS sedan and a coupe version of the IS.

According to Automotive News, Lexus filed for a trademark on the IS-F and also for the 'F' logo above, however, Lexus has not confirmed the reports.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Lexus Sucks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What makes anyone think that those currency-manipulating midgets of the Far East can make a world-class sports sedan?
      • 8 Years Ago
      How about dumping the weak 4gf-fse and making the IS300 [250hp] standard.
      Upping the IS350 to IS400 [350hp] with a 1gr-fse.
      And that leaves a top rung for the IS500 [450hp flat plane crank V8]
      8 speed automatics standard.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Lexus is gonna kick your asses...be ready.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yahmaha Actually tunes the heads, not the blocks, and they have been responsible for more advanced versions of toyotas best engines. The 1.8L 2ZZGE, the 1.6L 175hp 20 valve 4AGE blacktop and yes, the 2.0L 3SGE/3SGTE BEAMS engines come to mind
      • 8 Years Ago
      The '07 IS does have a button to disable TRAC and VSC. Only the '06 requires the brake pedal dance to disable it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If this thing has a six-speed manual.....look out BMW, Audi, & MB. If it doesn't have a six-speed, it will be a laughing-stock. Ditch the stupid F1 paddles with the wussy automatic tranny, and make this the real thing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Road & Track reported in its Japanese sports cars preview back in the summer that Lexus was building an "IS500" to take on the BMW M3. I take it this F, L, or whatever the Hell IS edition it is will be the model. Wonder if a stick will really make it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Automotive News reports that the engines will be tuned by Yamaha. If true, that is a little disappointing. In my opinion, Lexus needs to create heritage around this brand and it would have been better suited to either do it itself or use some iconic brand/source. Not sure who that would be, but Yamaha doesn't exactly inspire much excitement."

      Yeah, try and tell a SHO owner that Yamaha doesn't build an inspiring engine.

      Tool, this is your opportunity to take a look around the internet and discover all the incredible engines Yamaha has developed over its history... there's a longer list than you'd think...
      • 8 Years Ago
      "F" as in too f'in much money.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yet another half-assed product offering from Toyota. "F" is the appropriate letter grade for that effort and for fart-cannon-loving fanbois.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm not quite sure why, but that black and white picture makes me think of a toilet....must be too early in morning to be surfin' the 'net. Perhaps in chrome, on the trunk of a car, it will look WAY different.
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