• Jan 23, 2007


We have voiced our distaste over the tuner styling treatment of the IS-F, the high-performance version of the Lexus IS-Series that debuted earlier this month at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Despite our preference to look away in its preference, our ears perk up at the sound of its 400-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8. We weren't privy to an aural exhibition of the engine while in Detroit covering the show, but thankfully someone with a video camera was present when it appears they were moving the car out of Cobo Hall after the show. The engine sounds throaty, and it's probably louder than any Lexus engine ever made. The question is whether or not the conservative clientele Lexus is known for will go for an IS with an ostentacious body kit and monster motor.

Thanks for the tip, Vin!



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      • 8 Years Ago
      This will be a nice, fast car with a horrible body kit. I guess flares were needed to cover the wheels and tires, but dang, how about some integration of the pieces, Lexus? BTW, I sat in a IS 350 last night at the media event for the DC Car Show and it was very nice. The LS460 was amazing. Guess you get what you pay for.
      • 8 Years Ago
      aw, how sweet

      revving the engine in Park! how cute

      Maybe even... they used "neutral"? gasp!

      I'm glad Toyota made a car where people won't laugh at them... just wait until they dump the clutch in their first demo...

      oh wait

      that's right

      ... idiots
      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota mustang cobra

      The engine isn't cold, look at the temp gauge.

      Who says the rev limiter has to bounce? What if toyota decides to hold it precisely at 7000.
      That is what a BMW did with the M54 engine in the current 5-series, hey why did the car stop accelerating? Ooops it is a manual, and the engine is holding 6500rpm in 2nd exactly.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think the whole point of the F-series of cars and in particular the IS-F is to bring in folks who would of never considered a Lexus product before.

      Look what the V-series has done for Cadillac, I mean, how many CTS folks would really buy a V-series version; but how many walked into a Cadillac dealership for the first time because of the CTS-V?

      I personally think Lexus will bring in a lot more folks because of the F-series of cars than Cadillac has or will with their V-series.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i don't really like the IS-F design either. the regular IS definitely looks better. they need to fix the F badge because it doesn't look good at all.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #15. "Beautiful looking car but the tailpipe is where that couldbe questioned. Would look like a more polished car if they'd only integrated the quadpipes onto the bottom of that rear bumper."

      Sorry. Somehow it clipped off my comments. Even if they did what you said, it still lacks a manual. No manual. No love.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Zach:
      Watching the video shows me that they don't rev it over 5k, seeing as how the redline is at 7... yeah...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not bad, but nothing extra special. The Audi RS4 and others sound better.

      Is that a check engine light or something?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Beautiful looking car but the tailpipe is where that couldbe questioned. Would look like a more polished car if they'd only integrated the quadpipes onto the bottom of that rear bumper.
      • 8 Years Ago
      just gained a pint of "sludge buildup"
      • 8 Years Ago
      Beautiful looking car but the tailpipe is where that couldbe questioned. Would look like a more polished car if they'd only integrated the quadpipes onto the bottom of that rear bumper.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If toyota used a comparable tall geared manual transmission (borrowing a wide ratio HD manual 8:1 ratio spread)
      1st(5.79) 30mph@5800
      2nd(3.31) 60mph@6600
      3rd(2.1) 100mph@7000
      4th(1.31) 160mph@7000
      5th(1) 30mph/1000rpm 195@6500 (keep fingers crossed)
      6th(0.72) ~42mph/1000 (175mph@4200)

      With the 8 speed automatic (6.7:1 ratio spread)
      1st 35mph
      2nd 70mph
      3rd 100mph
      4th 130mph
      5th 155mph
      6th 190mph
      7th (cruise) ~100mph@3000
      8th (supercruise) 40mph/1000

      The automatic has better acceleration above 100mph.
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