• Jan 17, 2010
The Lexus IS F is a curious car. 416 bristling horsepower, one of the world's sweetest-sounding engines and an 8-speed flappy-paddle 'box that shifts faster than you blink are all excellent. However, it looks a little odd, has funny tailpipes and weighs too much. That last little bit - the IS F's big bones - turn a really great road car into something of a pig on the track. We know this because we drove an IS F at Laguna Seca.

Seeking to rectify this a bit, while also fulfilling Mr. Toyoda's corporate sportiness maxim, Lexus brought the IS F Circuit Club Sports (CCS) Concept to the Tokyo Auto Salon (Japan's version of SEMA). What turns an IS F into an IS F CCS? We're glad you asked. Short answer: carbon fiber, and plenty of it. The hood, roof, trunk, front winglets, door sills and rear extractor are all made from lightweight, unpainted carbon fiber. Can't forget about the wing - it's also CF.

Lexus saw fit to upgrade the power a bit, too. The engine is untweaked, but a new exhaust system reportedly adds a dozen ponies, raising the 5.0-liter V8's output to 428. It's hard to say for certain from just the photos, but those brakes also appear to be carbon ceramic, too. All in all, the mods probably save around 125 pounds. That'll certainly help out on the track, though an additional 125 lbs. on top of that would be even better. Also, the odds of the IS F CCS making it to a Lexus dealer near you are zero.

[Source: Le Blog Auto]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Dressed in a vibrant contrast of orange and black, the IS F CCS goes heavy on the carbon fiber. Or should we say "light". Much of the body has been rendered so, including the roof, rear wing and diffuser, front spoiler lip, the hood as well as the side mirrors. The interior also gets a do-over in carbon fiber, such as the center and lower consoles, gear stick, steering wheel trim and door panels. The IS F CCS is also fitted with two-tone bucket seats.
      http://www.automotivecraze.com/
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have had the fortunate experiance to drive an IS-F and can honestly say it is a damn fine car. Infact ... it is an excellant car.

      The engine is pure horniness and yes, sounds absolutely fantastic while the brakes are nothing short of remarkable not to mention offer excellant resistance aganst brake fade.

      However ... while i admit the ride is a little bumpy, handling on the other hand is awesome even if a wee shy of the M3 dynamics.

      All-in-all, the IS-F is a very good car not to mention benefits from Lexus's reknown impeccable build quality, refinement and no-doubt will prove to be remarkedly reliable for such a brute car.

      Good to see there are a number of performance tuners around the world modifying the car and putting thier own spin on it. That alone says alot !!

      Cheers
      • 4 Years Ago
      And don't tell me they're not trying to one-up BMW. Look at the freaking picture of the M3 GTS. Lexus couldn't even be bothered to choose a different color than the Germans did. And BMW showed their car off 4 freaking months ago!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Made to order for the Yellow Cab Co. Right, Mact?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Note: It's not a flappy paddle gearbox, it's a slushbox.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Interesting, I'd much rather see a production IS350 equipped with a six-speed manual trans though. I think the IS350/250 are the best looking sedans on the market, just wish they'd hone in the sportiness.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ahh i just cant get enough of these sexy Lexus IS variations i love em looks better than any Scion product.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Like it or not, your intelligence will be judged in life based upon your spelling and grammar skills. Get used to it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Grammar*
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are both your comma key and spellchecker broken?

        I fear for the next generation after this one. We're doomed as a species...
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        Communicating effectively is kind of useful. If you're used to reading things that are punctuated properly, and well written, it's hard to decipher something that's not.
      JDM Life
      • 4 Years Ago
      "funny tailpipes and weighs too much. That last little bit - the IS F's big bones - turn a really great road car into something of a pig on the track."

      AB...dont spread propaganda. The ISF is NOT a pig on the track from the many reviews i have read. The IS F does not weight too much because it weighs LESS the the C63 and is only SLIGHTLY heavier then the M3. I know many people who love the "funny" tailpipes and take it as a unique characteristic of the ISF.

      The IS-F is a great car on and off the track.



      I think this ISF looks great. Nice color offset by nice rims and did anyone notice Lexus took the LFA CF lip that flows along the whole under body of the car?

      Love it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        @invisiblepigeon3 - douchebag? nah. Car enthusiast with current VARA cert? yup.

        Also, again this is shocking to me that both you and JDM (our two biggest JDM fanbois) aren't aware, Lexus is doing a fine job of attempting to ushur in a performance subset of their cars and like Audi, BMW, Mercedes, etc, allows *gasp* people to drive the IS-F on autocross courses in anger! Imagine that! Allowing people to drive the 'sporty' version of their car as it was intended.

        Though your immediate jump to douchebag tells me all I need to know about your understanding of anything automotive. As I ask JDM to every once in a while, why not go outside and actually drive these cars? Autoblog makes it easy, frequently listing said events on their calendars. Though I learned of the IS-F event from a lexus forum of all places.

        In short, less camping out in grandma's basement and more, actual, driving of the cars you love, and don't. It'll allow you to actually make comments based on real world experiences and not just Car And Driver.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        LOL. You'd be a douchebag to drive anything in anger, as being angry temporarily reduces your IQ and decision making abilities. That's the point.

        As the owner of a 2009 IS250 and a 2002 IS300 Sportcross, and having driven my family's MB's and Lexus for a very long time, I think I know how they drive. I drive my IS250 like it's meant to be, and not like a Buick. I'd say driving one of these cars daily gives me a better ability to appreciate it, than you going and getting free rides like people who eat a dinner of free samples at Costco and then commenting on them like you're some kind of expert.

        While I'll admit that the IS-F should have a 6 speed ASG instead of the 8 speed automatic, I don't think you're taking into consideration the fact that Lexus hasn't built a performance modified version of one of their cars before. They've never had anything like it, and I'm sure the first M3 and RS4 had their issues, particularly reliability ones. At least the ISF manages to get around those!

        • 4 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        slightly heavier?

        The BMW e90 M3 (4door) weights 3621lbs the IS-F 3810lbs that are ~200lbs.
        The BMW e92 M3 (2door) is with 3562lbs that is ~250lbs lighter than IS-F!
        The BMW e92 M3 GTS (2door) weights 3278lbs that is 532lbs lighter than IS-F!

        thats much light no matter what version...
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        You've driven it in anger? What kind of douchebag are you, and what kind of douchebag is the dealer who let you drive a nice car like that in anger?

        I drive an IS250, and if you think the IS-F isn't fun you must really not know how to use a car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        is-f feels like a pig next to the m3. instead of just reading about it, why don't you go drive it already. i'm not even a jdm fanboi like you and i've already driven it in anger a few times (thanks to the good folks at lexus).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow...A Lexus IS-F that shaves some weight with carbon fiber, including a front lip. Then adds performance with an exhaust, better brakes, and lighter wheels.

      That is a great idea!! But wait...its also strangely familar...hmm where have I come across that before...Oh yeah thats right..back at SEMA 2008!

      http://www.motorworldhype.com/2008-11-01/debut-motorworldhype-is-f-gt-rjd/

      Gotta say though, we certainly didn't think we could get away with GT3 RS orange.. Too bad we wont see this in the states.
      • 4 Years Ago
      invisiblepigeon3 is a Japanese American. He also hate China. ignore his JDM propaganda
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        Suck my white **** you racist, ignorant mother ******. Are you Chinese or something? I happen to be white.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I vividly remember 'Tiff' from Fifth Gear commenting the Lexus IS-F is " alot of fun " on the track amoung numerous other reviews.

      His review alone is worth watching !!
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