• Jan 11, 2008
click above for high-res pics of the 2008 Lexus IS F

Lexus announced today that its super sedan, the IS F, will hit the market with a base price of $56,000. In exchange for your money, Lexus will give you an IS sedan stuffed with a 5.0L V8 producing 416 horsepower and 371 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm, with which you could reach 60 mph in 4.6 seconds if so inclined. Attached to the muscle car-like motor is an 8-speed automatic with lighting quick 0.1 second shifts, and Lexus has fortified the car with a suspension tuned in Germany on the Nurburgring and Japan on Fuji Speedway. There's also bigger brakes, larger wheels and boy-racer bodywork that has yet to grow on us.

Let's get this out of the way first...
It would seem that the MSRP of the Lexus IS-F, while high by any Average Joe's standards, compares favorably with at least the Audi RS4. We'll have to wait on pricing for the rest of these next-gen super sedans before we can tell you which one's the best value. The IS F's engine, meanwhile, falls short of only the indomitable AMG 6.3L V8 and a detuned version of the Corvette ZR-1 engine, and there's no shame in that.

[Source: Lexus]



PRESS RELEASE:

Lexus Announces Pricing for All-New 2008 IS F

January 11, 2008 – Torrance, CA - Lexus today announced the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the all-new 2008 IS F high-performance sport sedan. The IS F is the first production model to wear the new "F" badge and is the fastest Lexus production car ever built. The 2008 IS F launches onto the market carrying a base MSRP of $56,000.

The 2008 Lexus IS F is exclusively powered by a performance-tuned 5.0-liter V8 engine producing 416 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 371 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 5,200 rpm. With the implementation of a dual air intake system, high-flow cylinder heads with titanium intake valves designed by Yamaha, Variable Valve Timing with intelligence and Electrically controlled intake cam (VVT-iE) and other technological advancements, the engine outputs 83.2 hp per liter allowing the IS F to accelerate from 0 to 60 in a blistering 4.6 seconds and achieve a maximum track speed of 170 mph.

The IS F 5.0-liter engine is mated to the world's first eight-speed Sport Direct-Shift automatic transmission with a quick and direct special lock up clutch and a control system that enables ultra-quick manual upshifts (0.1 seconds) and blips the throttle for precision downshifts. The driver can shift manually using either the console shifter or steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters when driving in either Drive mode (D) or Manual mode (M). The new transmission blends the performance characteristics of an automated manual-type transmission with the smoothness and refinement of a planetary-type automatic transmission, allowing the driver to choose between ultra-quick manual shifts for spirited performance driving and smooth automatic shifts when convenience and comfort are the top priorities.

Tested and tuned on some of the world's most challenging racetracks including Nurburgring Nordschleife and Fuji Speedway, the IS F has been designed for ultimate performance. Although using the basic double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension configurations of the standard IS platform, the IS F benefits from a multitude of track-proven modifications that include increased spring and damper rates as well as larger-diameter stabilizer bars. The IS F also sits an inch lower and features suspension bushings and a calibrated Electric Power Steering (EPS) system tuned for a more direct feel.

In addition to the finely tuned suspension, a specially calibrated version of the advanced Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system is equipped to provide superior handling dynamics and traction control. The IS F is also outfitted with a (... apparently Lexus lost the part of its press release, as the one we were provided suddenly ends without warning right here.)

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      • 7 Years Ago
      does anyone knows about semi-automatic gearbox ?

      semi-automatic for this century

      is-f can be semi-automatic via shiftpad behind the steer

      i prever semi-automatic when goes to track (like F1)
      when i using manual gearbox, i'd prever to rally, offroad or something like that (like WRC)

      if you have still wants manual, do you want race in the public road?
        • 7 Years Ago
        They don't use manual's in WRC
      • 7 Years Ago
      A lexus "sport" sedan without a manual transmission? What a shocker...

      Atleast they made up for it by adding a lot more forward gears.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Agreed, where's the manual?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Agreed, where's the manual?
      • 7 Years Ago
      By the way, the V8 in the C63 is detuned to around 470 horsepower. Plenty for a car that size, but still not as much as its bigger brothers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Boo hoo hooo... all you haters of IS-F and M3 can't afford them anyway, so stop dreaming. Go back to your stock Focus and Civics and pretend you'll one day drive one of these vehicles.

      CTS-V = VICIOUS !!!! It'll be nice seeing the IS-F and M3 in the rear view mirror...
      • 7 Years Ago
      The next CTS-V is expected to retail for $60,000 - $65,000.

      Brian, the CTS is compared to those sedans because it's the same price. Most consumers shop on their budget, they don't actually measure their cars.

      GM thought it was a good idea to field a slightly larger car in the entry-level luxury class. They did the same thing pitting the slightly larger STS against the 5-Series.

      GM benchmarks the CTS-V against both the M3 and M5.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This will sell well, I see a lot of lexus people looking quite favorably at the increase in power and the price tag, so organic growth is a sure thing, i'm not so sure about drawing huge numbers of people from merc/cadi/bmw though the S4 and RS4 look long in the tooth next to the price/performance of this car (which will be a ratio paid attention to by the lexus crew if not others).
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Because comparing to cars in it's segment would render is not so impressive."

      If this statement applies to the CTS-V the poster is delusional. The CTS-V compares favorable to the compact and midsize super sedans from Europe. The CTS_v has nothing to fear from the E63 and M5 in spite of their 500+hp ratings.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Considering the MSRP of the M3 may well be north of $72k and this is $10k cheaper than an RS4, this doesn't sound like such a bad deal.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If this vehicle had a manual transmission it would be perfect.
        • 7 Years Ago
        from a performance perspective the manual probably wouldnt mean much. We all know Lexus will never offer a manual tranny. I also beg to differ about the car being perfect except for lack of manual. Its still boy racerish and that look is too juvenile for a $56k car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        from a performance perspective the manual probably wouldnt mean much. We all know Lexus will never offer a manual tranny. I also beg to differ about the car being perfect except for lack of manual. Its still boy racerish and that look is too juvenile for a $56k car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The M3 Sedan is less expensive!! AWESOME VALUE!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love the fact that the 550HP engine in the Caddy is detuned.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Should read: Severely detuned. :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Correct. it doesn't have the forged pistons like the ls9
      • 7 Years Ago

      I guess I will give Lexus some props on not pricing this thing in the ridiculous stratosphere they did for the LS600hL (which people still bought anyway), but I gotta agree, the looks are absolutely comical, especiall the faked pipes made to look like they are portruding from the rear fascia.

      Still M3/CTS-V > IS-F
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