• Jul 27, 2009
Lexus IS-Force - Click above for a high-res image gallery

Objects you do not want to see in your rear-view mirror: Hungry dinosaurs, pissed-off exes holding rifles, mushroom clouds and this guy. Indeed, you're looking at a Lexus IS-Force, an IS-F that's been converted to a cruiser for police duty in the English county of Humberside, which includes the notoriously criminally minded port city of Hull. For the past few years, Humberside bobbies have been chasing baddies in Subaru Imprezas, but the AWD cars just weren't up to the task at hand. What to replace 'em with? Here's what the cops were thinking, according to Sergeant Mike Peck:

"The Lexus was tested during a 12-month period along with similar vehicles and proved itself to be ideally suited in providing a dynamically safe high performance chassis along with an electronically stable platform for the computer equipment. In the past this equipment has placed huge demands on vehicles but the Lexus IS-F easily met with our requirements. The final product provides a most formidable package and is undoubtedly one of the most advanced police vehicles in the world which in turn enables my officers to deal with the criminals who use the roads for serious and organized crime."

We're actually a little weak-kneed at the very thought of the IS-Force's existence. 416-horsepower 5.0-liter V8s with the power to yank your license tend to have that effect. Even on crooks.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      This car is not intimidating in the least. Sorry, its a LEXUS! Lmao

      Not sure if I'm alone when I say this, but when I get pulled over by a crown vic (I'm in the united states) it looks intimidating. this car, not so much.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Evan, I never said I was "scared" of a Crown Vic so I'm not sure why you put that word in quotations, I guess you are still learning the English language.

        King_preetham, um....ok laugh all you want. At the end of the day I'm driving a vehicle that looks great for being 7 years old with 117,000 miles. Everyone thinks my car is newer and has less miles than it really does. And my car always begs for more looks as I walk away from it. I'm pretty darn sure that I have more pride in my vehicle and love my BMW more than how much you like your car. And that is priceless and cannot be measured. I hope you like your car half as much I like mine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think it's just you. If you are "scared" of a crown vic, you need help. The thing has 230 hp, a 4 speed auto, and weighs 4500 lbs. This weighs about 3700 lbs, has 416 hp, and can actually go around corners.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I find myself laughing at bimmer drivers often these days..only idiots..some who get intimidated by crown vics...drive them these days :D.
        Especially in the US mostly morons drive bimmers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not as scary as most people would think. It's quick, just not all that quick.

      Still will be a great car though.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        It can run to 175mph out the box (and thats with limited) and get to 60 under 4.5 sec......its damn fast. I havent came across a car today that was faster so yes it will run down your ass....unless you drive a Enzo or something lol.


        Love the sound of its engine...sounds like a Nascar...if this is what police are driving nowadays sign me up!! what happen to the rwd & fwd chevys??? LMAO
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jonny Lieberman should write EVERY post on this blog or at the very least proof read his coworkers stuff for them.

      Keep up the great work Jonny
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm guessing the police authority watched Top Gear and their cry for better police vehicles? James May got it half right with a Lexus. =]
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fail to understand why a bunch of bloggers are getting their panties in a twist over how much ANOTHER countries government spends on it's cop cars. How many of you in here are from the UK again?
      • 5 Years Ago
      att : cdwrx - obviously the police had an issue with the rex ... HA, HA, HA !!

      att : BCL510 - you can mistake the IS- F for a IS250 as much as you want but when push comes to shove, you'll soon learn the IS250 doesn't have a brute 416hp donk nestled under the bonnet

      seriously ... some of you bloggers are clowns !!

      Not only is this a good effort from Lexus but IS-F will undoubtedly prove successful in it's role which will demonstrate the integrity of the car.

      Oh yeah, and it looks great.
        • 5 Years Ago
        BCL510 - lengthy reply but what does it all mean ... in english !!

        And while you are at it, inform me and the rest of us about engrish ...

        As you can tell, i have alot of respect for Lexus and for reasons that undoubtedly makes them one of the most capable automotive manufactuers that can be found anywhere in the world today and personally, i believe thier build quality is second to none.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I should probably know better than to reply to your relatively incomprehensible post, but even the least of us deserve a little attention now and then, and if I don't take it upon myself to feed the trolls, who will (I really enjoy it when you dance around, you give the gift of laughter to all). I guess I see myself as a humanitarian of sorts.

        Anyway back to the post at hand. Though it might come as a surprise SHANE FROM AUSTRALIA. I can read. Many of us "clown bloggers" you identify find it a necessary skill to learn before taking to the interwebs and subjecting everyone of the stream of consciousness flowing out of our heads. Therefore, It doesn't take"push coming to shove" or...whatever for me to learn what type of saucy "donk" is nestled under this car's bonnet( seriously!? do you talk like this in public?)

        Furthermore my assertion that the IS-F looks just like the IS 250 was my only point. Not that the car was bad, or slow or whatever literary vomitus is implying. Therefore we didn't really have any need for correspondence in the first place. I say this respectfully, unless you have something smart to say "Keep my name out your mouth"(In which case you probably don't).

        In conclusion lets have a look at your conclusion.

        "Not only is this a good effort from Lexus but IS-F will undoubtedly prove successful in it's role which will demonstrate the integrity of the car." -SHANE FROM AUSTRALIA

        -What praytell makes this a good effort from Lexus, your assertion obscure has no subject

        -IS-F is not a proper noun, thus it will never prove successful in this ambiguous role you mention

        -Dude are you TRYING to write in Engrish, I thought Australia was English speaking

        *facepalm*

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, James May called it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jonny, you forgot to list Autocar as the original source of your story:

      http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/Lexus-IS/241857/
      • 5 Years Ago
      HA, awesome. This is a million times cooler than those Lamborghini "police cars". This isn't just some show car, this is a cruiser that'll be protecting the Fiestas from the baddies and their Corvettes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was kinda thinking the same. As a cop I feel like I'd have to think twice before throwing this thing at a sticky situation, even a gravel country lane. +, due to the wheel diameter, tire width and ride height, I dunno if it can come shod in anything other than high performance rubber. I feel like this is more about the gimmicky/intimidation factor than anything else, and frankly I think they could do better in that regard. I'm moderately car savvy and yet, if this thing comes sweeping towards me from the aft at speed, I can't promise I wouldn't mistake it for an IS250 in my rearview.
      • 5 Years Ago
      aaarrrr ... Bavarian, the drug overdosed clown from Perth, Australia.

      Gee princess ... you must be feeling vulnerable away from the protection of pretty boy Alborz aka Car Advice.

      Hang around and lets make this good - if you have the stamina but then again ... you do get weak when the going gets tough which is why fatty girl has to hide behind someone ... WEAK !!

      Assumed name ... do you reckon 'Dingo' might - just might - be an assumed name from my real name - Shane ... mmmm - maybe, perhaps !!

      But i guess the wacky idiots in your fantasy land (LooseWheelNut) call you Bavarian Missile or pehaps those who might know you a wee bit better ... Bavarian Freak.

      Now that i have hopefully baited you a wee bit but then again, you'll probably take off in the opposite direction when the heat comes on - as usual, it's time to get down to real life facts instead of dribble from la,la land ... you know where that is - don't 'ya !!

      HA, HA, HA - i like it already.

      Anyway ... as for sales of the IS-F in Australia, demand is infact outstripping supply.

      Reason ... Lexus Australia originally believed 10 - 12 units per month would be satisfactory but as it turns out, interest in the car has been greater.

      There you go love, something truthful for once instead of idiotic rot from a clown.

      Oh yeah ... if BMW is soooooo good, why are they so crap at F1. I mean, even Toyota is blitzing BMW ... Oooooch

      HA, HA, HA

      Bring it on !!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That should make for some good car chases.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes. Finally, the citizens will be entertained!
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