• Nov 5, 2007
Lexus has received its fair share of flack for the styling of the new IS-F sports sedan. The gaping gills and misshapen snout – the most radical exterior elements – have done little to distinguish itself from its lesser brethren, and the interior is largely unchanged, save a few badges and trim pieces.

Lexus execs have recognized that more has to be done to separate the performance brand from the run-of-the-mill models, but even so, they maintain that the IS-F will serve as the design template from which other F-badged offerings will be based.

Toyota Motor Corp.'s design chief, Wahei Hirai, admitted that Lexus' aim of competing with the AMGs and Ms of the world would take a different tact than its Germanic rivals. Hirai is quoted by Wards as saying that "They appreciate consistency, or continuity, very much. We like to make (our vehicles) a different way." Difference for difference sake is rarely a good thing, and the IS-F may have already proven that fact.

[Source: Wards]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Catfish
      • 7 Years Ago
      The F division at Lexus is taking a page out of AMG's old book. Heck, even AMG is now realizing that they can't just slap in a huge engine, put in a stiffer suspension, fancier body panels and call it a day.

      Manual may be slower than many of those other performance transmissions, but unless it has DSG or something similar, I'll pass. I'm not looking to get the best 0-60 time every time I'm at a stop light, but I am looking to get the most fun quotient out of a sports oriented car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Mercedes has some great looking cars but there's no way I would say they all look great. Don't flatter Mercedes too much, because if there is one brand that Lexus has been copying, it's been BMW (in terms of styling).

        Maybe you need to get your vision checked, because I've never looked at any civic, regardless of MY, that looks like the IS-F. If I want to read a troll's reply I'll be sure to look you up anytime.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The difference is Mercedes is the leader of design, and AMD was always built on top of the best. Lexus was a cheap-looking copy of a Mercedes, at its best. Hence the ISF.
      • 7 Years Ago
      When I first saw it I instantly liked it.... I was also surprised that Lexus wasn't afraid to give such aggressive and mean styling to its production saloon! Stunning job - looks way better than M3 4dr or any other sports sedan... i just don't understand complaints about lack of difference from regular one :S (that's exactly the case with m5, m3, rs4, but definitely not IS-F)
      • 7 Years Ago
      What's that? A '94 tunned Honda Civic? Ah, my bad, it's '08 Lexus ISF.
        • 7 Years Ago
        you are wrong. You don;t know what you are talking about
      • 7 Years Ago
      and the Five Axis body kit for the IS-F makes the IS-F look like the hottest car out there, period.

      the engine sound is incredible, performance is awesome. i'd have a hard time passing up this car
      • 7 Years Ago
      Saw one of these things at the auto show last week. It doesn't look any better in person. The "rice-rocket" crowd was impressed with it, though.

      Besides, there's no manual transmission option. It's pretty hard to take it seriously unless there's a choice for a third pedal.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What? It fits in perfectly with what Lexus is going for - the geriatric, bingo-playing retirement crowd.

        Man is gramps going to get major points with the Integra down the street with eBay exhaust, cut springs, and $13 blue headlights from Wal-Mart!

        Screw manual transmissions, everyone will take us seriously when we put a plain ol' slushie in a "performance" car!

        /sarcasm
      • 7 Years Ago
      I personally like the design.. I do think it can be improved upon, but it is a "grown up" performance look.

      http://www.lexusf.com is a great place to start for discussion about all Lexus-F related vehicles (current and future)...

      http://my.is has info on the current model as well as all IS related vehicles.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I guess they reeaaallllyyy want people to buy aftermarket kits for this car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      > Lexus' aim of competing with the AMGs and Ms of the
      > world would take a different tact than its Germanic
      > rivals.

      The word that you were looking for is "tack", as in "tack the sailboat". It means "to come at something from another direction".
        • 7 Years Ago
        If the best you can offer is grammar trolling, stay off the forums. You just add more clutter via your holier-than-thou douchebaggery.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That aft-of-the-front-wheel body kit thing is AWFUL.

      I wonder if there might be money in the aftermarket for a correction for that hideous bit of fiberglass.
      • 7 Years Ago
      IS-F another ugly Toyota piece
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmmm...Interesting approach by Lexus. I like the new Lexus IS-F.

      I think Lexus's new IS-F is an excellent package for a luxury-performance sedan with it's advance technologies-(digital instrument panels, push button engine start, 8 speed automatic transmission with high speed paddle shifters, racing suspension, high performance brakes, very elegant interior-[white], surround sound and etc...)

      I think the exterior is unique-paint also looks amazing-(perhaps, some vents in the hood, a different wheels/tires, front and rear spoilers, Level II-III glass etc. would set it apart...)

      Interesting, exhaust system...I wonder if the exhaust note is similiar to Maserati's exhaust note-(sound...fast at any speed!!!)

      Underneath the hood is a 5.0 L V8 putting out (417 +hp, 373 +lb/tq, I believe is has more room to rev higher...power adders/turbo ).

      Overall, I think Lexus's new IS-F looks very interesting for potential buyers...
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