• Apr 13th 2007 at 2:01PM
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click above image for high-res pics of the Lexus IS-F

When the Lexus IS-F debuted at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, it was wearing a set of black painted calipers branded with the Lexus name. When the car officially goes on sale in the second quarter of 2008, it will be wearing a set of gold painted Brembos. Toyota has officially cut a deal with big name brake manufacturer Brembo to supply the stopping power for its high-performance IS-F sedan. It's the first time Toyota and Brembo have partnered, which makes sense considering the only car from Toyota that could go fast enough to require big-name braking power was probably the last generation Supra.

Of course, having your car wear Brembos isn't just about achieving excellent stopping distances, it's also about getting the Brembo name on your calipers, which carries a lot of weight with performance-minded consumers. With this deal, Toyota will be infusing the Lexus IS-F with some instanst cachet right out of the gate, though there are plenty of other areas in which the car will need to perform well to earn its stripes.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Untill Lexus contracts someone to make a manual transmission, this car is worthless.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Every brembo-equipped vehicle I've owned including my recently purchased 07 JGC SRT-8 squeaks to the high-heavens. Sure, the brake dust makes the wheels look power coated after 5 miles, and 120 feet is great to bring the Jeep to a halt from 60, but will Lexus buyers tolerate squealing brakes and dirty wheels?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Brakes!? Brakes!? I don't need no stinkin' brakes! Brakes only slow you down!!! Hahaha
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like it!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I drove the IS350 and didn't think that much of it due to the slushbox tranny. The IS250 has a manual tranny but it's rare that you can even find one. I couldn't find a dealer that had one in stock to test drive. Gee, why bother making a manual tranny for the IS250 that no one will want while many want it in the IS350. I'm sure Toyota took a manual box from another model in Japan and shoved it in the 250 so they can at least "offer" a manual. God forbid they spend any cash to develop one for the 350. Acura did this with the CL Type S and then introduced a manual years later after the car's interest had diminished and was discontinued.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Toyota will be infusing the Lexus IS-F with some instanst cachet right out of the gate" BAHAHAH. The 03 SVT cobra came stock with REAL brembo brakes.
      • 8 Years Ago
      bgdc -
      I am not saying the IS-F is not a joke, I just mean - Have you driven it yet?
      I just find it funny people come to a conclusion before they have even driven it.

      I agree with you on the IS350 though, it's a joke. But I would not make any assumption until I have driven the IS-F
      • 8 Years Ago
      Gold? Ugh.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota has to have a name-brand braking system, it's not like that the rest of the car is worth mentioning.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Brembo can use the business... they've been dropped by Infiniti for the '08 G37 Coupe in place of Akebono's. Motor Trend reports of the new brakes: "Infiniti touts the rotors-14.0 inches front and 13.8 inches rear-as the largest in the segment and doesn't shy away from bragging about the four-piston front and two-piston rear aluminum calipers, either. But brag they should, as the brakes are stellar-exhibiting excellent response and pedal feel and no fade."

      I see an adv. from Akebono in Automotive News saying they brake Japan's 300 km/h "Bullet Trains"... I wonder how much brake dust that generates?! :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Its all a big sham anyways. Brembo contracted Sumitomo to manufacture the calipers on the 350z/G35. Yeah, they are 4-piston, giant brakes, but they're not *real* Brembos persay.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yea, any automatic like this is going to need big brakes since they don't have the advantage of engine braking.

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