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Lexus' attempt at a serious sports sedan has done its best to win hearts and minds, but that doesn't mean the IS F will soldier on unchanged through the economic Armageddon. Following up on a story that surfaced this time last year, Japan's Best Car magazine is reporting that although the Lexus IS F Evolution was initially delayed, Toyota is forging ahead with its hotter IS, and two test mules are currently undergoing testing across the Pacific.

Originally, the IS F Evolution was rumored to be packing a tweaked version of the 5.0-liter V8 putting out approximately 435 hp, however, Lexus has decided to keep the engine the same and instead focus on weight reduction, handling mods and brake upgrades.

The front and rear bumpers, along with the front fenders, will supposedly be swapped out with carbon fiber pieces, while wider wheels coated in 245/35R19 rubber in front and 275/30R19 in the rear will cover new carbon ceramic brakes. A few new exterior hues will be available, while the interior will benefit from even more carbon fiber and a set of matching Recaro bucket seats.

All told, Best Car estimates a weight reduction of around 300 pounds and a price upwards of $180,000, making the Lexus IS F Evolution a JDM-only affair.

[Source: Best Car via 7Tune]

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      • 6 Years Ago

      PLease Lexus.....this will be beyond bad ass.....the IS-F is a beast already...this will be ungodly....

      • 6 Years Ago
      they shouldnt charge 3x the price of an M3 for the same performance.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Needs a manual transmission. If they stick with that crap 8-speed then why bother?
        • 6 Years Ago
        sea urchin,
        lambos and ferarri's have manual transmissions with sequential shifting, not autos with torque converters
      • 6 Years Ago
      Could be an even better contender. But if we don't get it ... who cares?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow.....$180K???? Isn't the regular IS-F like $60k? I don't think 20 more hp, carbon fiber fenders and bigger brakes are worth $120K!
      • 6 Years Ago
      So, it's on between the Evolution and the Genesis.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They need to do something about those fake exhaust tips on the IS-F.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Their not fake, it's actually connected and fully functional.I guess you have not seen a IS-F in person?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have over a year ago at cars and coffee in Irvine. Two of the tips were fake; blocked off by black plastic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Saving weight is well and good but what about a traditional 6 speed manual transmission? How can an enthusiast take this car seriously if comes with an 8 speed auto? And no, I am not knocking the tech, rather venting because this is a good car but one many pass simply because it only comes in an auto.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey look! Its like one of those Supras which are announced on Mondays and canceled the week afterward.

      The same goes for the LFA, 086A, IS-coupe.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Every couple of years there are reports in various mags of a Celica/Supra/Silvia revival.

        And as usual, they die after a while.
        • 6 Years Ago
        maybe you shouldn't blame Toyota, maybe you should blame Autoblog's sources.
      • 6 Years Ago
      7Tune's speculative rendering shenanigans again, is that an innercooler???
      • 6 Years Ago
      +bigger, stickier tires
      +a few carbon fiber panels

      Nah I'm good thanks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is there a non-ugly version of the IS-F? Just put the regular IS body on it and it'd be far better.
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