• Jan 8, 2007
The Lexus press conference doesn't begin until 11:25AM EST, but a few official pics of the luxury brand's new super sports sedan have been leaked onto the web already. The Lexus IS-F will take aim directly at high-performance sedans from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi using a 5.0-liter V8 producing 400 hp and 350 ft-lbs. of torque as its weapon of choice. Supporting that piece of hardware will be Brembo brakes with 14.2-inch discs, 19-inch BBS wheels, and, get this, the eight-speed automatic transmission from the Lexus LS460 but with paddle shifters to swap the oh-so-many cogs at a quicker pace. The car obviously sits lower on a sport-tuned suspension, while the front end gets a decidedly more aggressive expression from its new lower front fascia that incorporates a large lower grill and intakes for what appears to be brake cooling. New side skirts also spring upward behind the front wheels to create an air vent ahead of the doors. Out back a new lower rear bumper houses those staggered double-dual exhaust outlets, as well. We're quite impressed with the list of hardware Lexus is packing into the IS-F, especially considering they all add up to a 0-60 run in less than five seconds. Is the Lexus demographic ready, however, for a Lexus that looks like this?

There are two additional shots after the jump, including one of the interior. We will be in the front row at the official unveiling, so check back later for a huge gallery of high-res shots showing the IS-F from every angle.

[Source: Motor Authority]




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      • 8 Years Ago
      It's funny how when comparing these sedans noone mentions the CTS-V which blows all of em' away. So much for unbiased journalism.
      • 8 Years Ago
      lmao, 8 speed auto and it isn't even a dsg setup, w0w, this thing is going to really teach the new M3 and RS4 a lesson, bwahaha. I guess it makes sense for organic growth and I guess all of us were really really stupid for hoping that there'd be some sort of ounce of true RS4/M3 fighting in the setup. Don't get me wrong, 400hp isn't anything to ignore, it's just, well, not that impressive given the already established player, RS4, and forthcoming M3... well that and the interior is typical lexus toyota affair which reminds everyone why toyota profits are so high and why people purchase european cars, soul. Still, there’s lots of mercedes type buyers who just want a smooth ride and quick acceleration, like the old school lexus SC400.

      I guess The G35 and acura... well.... there isn’t really an acura to compete... so the G35 should be scared.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota is the best... Lexus the luxurious version of it... Kids after years of going against the trend I have had toyota made cars for the last 2 years (like my wife and brother)..and we´ve gotten spoiled because we never... (I MEAN NEVER) had to take them to the shop..my father was a loyal Mercerdes Lover..but if he would be alive he would choose a Lexus.. to me being in the "Extremely luxury segment" means... not getting to know a singke mechanic in your whole life... and Lexus/Toyota helps with that.. I mean I have seen guys in Mercedes and BMWs on the roadside... Is that Luxurius???..

      Now about the 8 speed manumatic or whatever it is... have you forgotten that 80 to 90% of times we drive in traffic..???.. who wants a manual in heavy city traffic... then you hit the freeway a paddle shift gives you a F1 feeling.. mosthly in curved roads (that I personally love).. so what in the world would be better than Lexus choice for this car.. you got and automatic and a F1 like paddle shift... just the best of both worlds...

      Stop going against the logic.. I like ferraris and mercedes myself... but when it comes to choosing my own car... Toyota means NO TROUBLE AT ALL... and to me not loosing time at the shop or being stuck in the middle of nowhere in a rainy night or not being able to start the car in the morning are pain in the ass... since I drive Japanese I have never had to deal with this crap again.... NOW THAT IS A LUXURIOUS CAR.... maybe no tradition at all (say 12 years or so)..BUT BETTER THAN ROLLS, MERCEDES, BMW and JAGUAR... and you coukld easily find a lot of honest EURO-Lux car owners to confirm it... SEE YA.... DON´T LET YOUR CAR F... YOUR DAY... CHOOSE A LEXUS/TOYOTA INSTEAD... AND THEN YOU´LL REALIZE THAT THERE ARE BETTER THINGS IN LIFE THAN LOSING TIME/MONEY IN REPAIR SHOPS.....
      • 8 Years Ago
      Now that is an unattractive dash, the center stack with all those small buttoms makes it look like it has pox. The exterior is not too bad but does look dated, part of that is because so many cars now look alike.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's good looking but I'll take the CTS-V with 400 lb-ft of torque and true manual.
      • 8 Years Ago
      nagmashot: I've seen a few Lexi around and some of them rival the big Audis and BMWs when it came to street presence. But you're right about this one. It's truly hideous.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I *knew* it! A frickin slushbox. Lexus just doesn't have a clue about the performance market. So not only do the enthusiasts not get what they really want, but we're going to have to listen to the Lexus apologists say how the paddle shifting is actually better...AGAIN! I wonder if you can turn off the computer aids without some ridiculous 5 step procedure like the IS350. BTW, I believe that in countries like Germany, manuals are still the standard option on any car. Americans mostly prefer autos because as a group, we're lazy. It seems that only the enthusiasts prefer manuals still, a fact that Lexus has missed once again!

      As for looks, I think it actually looks surprisingly bad. Like a riced-out IS350.
      • 8 Years Ago
      don't listen to Jim. I'm french (i'm pretty sure that's in europe) and i can tell you nobody in france buys a sports sedan with an automatic. only family mothers who buy minivans and renault lagunas used automatics. jim has no idea what he's talking about.

      i think it's hilarious that lexus is trying to put out a performance sedan. first of all, their cars will never stop being rice-rockets to me. they just lack class. put that next to an RS4 or and M3, and it's like putting a street-kid who finally has money next to a european royal. no comparison on the class level.

      and on performance, don't even talk about it. as someone said earlier, lexus and performance are mutually exclusive words. what racing history are they basing their performance on? The manufactured history they are trying to create for themselves in F1, or that piece of crap Nascar entry they have that looks like a clown on wheels? lexus will never make a performance sedan to compete with audi, bmw, and mercedes. i'd rather own a WRX than this overpriced crap.

      this car doesn't "scream sex, speed and quality". it screams "i'm a poser, but i don't even know enough about cars to buy the right one." real car enthusiasts need not apply...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I thought Lexus is an exclusive buy for sugar daddy to gift his sweetie. So what about a pink Lexus IS-F?
      • 8 Years Ago
      thanks che, for telling us what a "real" car enthusiast is. you are ever so wise! i'd think, though, that real car enthusiasts are more concerned with performance (which this car has plenty of) rather than issues of "class" and worrying about what their neighbor thinks.

      regardless, where i live, which is in the 2nd richest county in the U.S., a lexus is held in pretty high esteem, right up there with MB and BMW, so i guess your opinion really is worth shite.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This won't appeal to the BMW //M crowd or to Mercedes-AMG customers.

      Their success comes from understated looks with top-notch performance.

      This is way too showy. The cool thing about //M or AMG is that it is hard to distinguish them from the regular production vehicles. Only autophiles would really appreciate it, but this appeals to the Scion kids . . . rich Asian kids with a lot of Mommy and Daddy's money to spend.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Whole mother of "I-gotta-have-me-one-of-these"!!!

      Just make mine with a MANUAL, please.

      And, anyone who says "America caught on late" when it comes to choosing a manual over an automatic just doesn't get it. Its not about which is faster. I'd prefer my M5 and 911 Turbo with manuals and, yes, both would be nominally slower than their automatic equipped counterparts. I don't want to hear anything about SMG, DSG, Tiptronic or any other manumatic or automatic being faster. It just doesn't matter. Its about enjoying and being a part of the drive. Head on over to http://www.shiftyworld.com to get some more information.

      If this thing is priced the same as an S4 or M3, I'll be at a Lexus showroom when it comes out...assuming someone at Lexus has the brains to offer it with a stick.
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