• Apr 20, 2009
Progress to create a hotter, lighter Lexus IS F is ongoing, and according to recent reports from Japan, the IS F Evolution is slated to arrive in the summer of 2010.

Details on the Evolution are still unconfirmed, but as reported previously, Lexus is focusing more on weight reduction and handling than it is on power modifications. According to 7Tune, the harder IS F is likely to shed over 300 pounds, dropping the overall curb weight to around 3,400 pounds. Carbon fiber will be used extensively both inside and out, with more prominently blistered fenders fore and aft, and the costly weave used liberally throughout the interior, including the console and seats. Output will rise to around 422 hp and carbon-ceramic brakes are rumored to be fitted at all four corners. A total of 500 examples will be available worldwide, but with a price of around $250,000 U.S., most Evolutions will be sold in Japan.

If our green tea leaf reading is correct, we'd expect the Evolution to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show this year, although judging by the price, don't expect it to be available on U.S. shores.

[Source: 7Tune]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Buy a M3....

      On that note I got to spend time on a track with an ISF... engine note is to die for seriously one of the top 5 engine notes under WOT I have ever heard(CGT wins this though any day)... The seats are great. But it is a grocery getter, not really a M3 killer. The car is still too lexus like soft insulated and understeery.

      Fix the fake exhausts also needs to be done. Also I bet you could build this car for alot less then Lexus wants...
      • 5 Years Ago
      As if the IS-F is not already too awesome for its price /sarcasm

      If I am a money loaded car enthusiast, the last manufacturer I would be searching for a sports sedan would be Toyota/Lexus. Spend some money tuning an RS4 or similar would yield significantly better performance and luxury.
      • 5 Years Ago
      250K for a car that gets torched by an M3 at 1/5 the price, a ZR1 or GT-R for 1/2, or an Audi or wow....M5 for way less.

      And 250K for an IS? Yeah, I'll line up:

      To hit the Lexus guy in the face with a brick.

      There is NO WAY that car can compete with any of the cars I listed above. And none of those have fake exhausts, either.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope to see this become a trend. Making cars lighter instead of just adding power.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Luxury gimmicks don't weigh much of anything. When you compare curb weights for different trims of the same car, the top trim with $10,000+ of power, leather wrapped everything rarely puts on as more than 100 pounds or so.

        A $36,000 ES350 weighs about as much as a $24,000 Camry - or an $18,000 Sonata for that matter.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Colin Chapman would support this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Still, it wants to shed 300 lbs. and it still weighs 3400 lbs!!!

        I know allot of people blame safety as the reason cars have become overweight. I would really be interested in seeing a materials ratio break down on much extra steel was added, for safety sakes, versus how much extra fluff and junk they've added to appeal to the gizmos crowd.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And slinging them for $250,000?? I'm sorry. Id rather have a CTS-V for like a 1/4 of the cost and do the weight reduction with a sawz-all in my garage.

        A quarter million dollar IS?? I mean, really? That is too far outta the ball park. If that is what it takes for Lexus to truly compete with the M3 and CTS-V, they need to come back down to Earth.
      • 5 Years Ago
      $250k? Did someone tell Toyota they're nearly 3 weeks late for April Fool's?
      • 5 Years Ago
      JDM lover seems to love any Toyota or Lexus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      xtasi
      4:27PM (4/20/2009)
      I hope to see this become a trend. Making cars lighter instead of just adding power.
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      This has always been a trend. That was one of the main points of the import 4-cylinder argument. It's just that modifying your Civic, Sentra, etc. that weigh nothing has been equated by some groups to the gaudy, ugly, fins and fiberglass body kits known as "rice." As far as the story...well there's no way it will ever sell for $250K and I almost question what source Autoblog got this from. Either Toyota is insane, or the source is very unreliable. I do like the IS, and would gladly have one...but for $250K you can get something much more fun, as many of you have already said.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now who in their right mind would go pay such a premium for a car that will only be marginally better than the original IS-F? I like the idea of shedding weight instead of just dropping a bigger engine under the hood, but 250K? Just go pick up a GT-R for a fraction of the price and it'll run circles around this. Rather have something more exclusive? A Porsche Turbo will cost less and still run circles around this...heck, you could even pick up a lambo or a ferrari for that price and have a real supercar instead of being the idiot who paid a quatre million for a lexus (read pricey toyota) with fake exhaust tips and a slush box...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Seriously. The normal is-f is a good car and when I read the tittle I figured that performance gains for a moderate price would bring it up to snuff with the competition, but what idiot would $250k for this?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The ONLY problem with this WONDERFUL ride is the price....i HIGHY doubt its going to cost that much when all is said and done. HIGHY.


      I heard a IS-F one time....sweet jesus....it has to be one of the BEST sounding V8 ever made....the car sounded pissed off...jesus i loved it...i could only imagine how this one would sound....and whats sooo funny about it all....this is a japanese car....but serious who ever never heard one should....i see NO need in changing the stock exhaust system...none. Thats how good it sounds.




      The base IS-F was a match for the M3 already....now this bad boy is a problem for it....BMW BETTER make the M3 CSL ASAP....
      • 5 Years Ago
      buy an Evo X MR, tune it, and have spare change to travel around the world. twice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would say because the exhaust on those cars actually run into the exhaust tips, while one can fit their hand between the exhaust and the exhaust tip on the IS-F...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would drive home a Austin Martin...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Cool then Id by and Aston Martin
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just be sure you stop by the supermarket and pick up an extra large box of common sense on your way home... lol
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