We knew this day would come, but it's nonetheless a bit of a sad one for Lexus enthusiasts as the very last example of the IS F has rolled off the assembly line in Tahara, Japan. Decked out in its trademark bright blue, the final IS F is destined for a customer right here in the United States.

Far from just another now-defunct model in an endless succession, the IS F marked the first time that Lexus did a proper performance model, debuting in production guise at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show alongside the LFA concept long before the latter entered production and took the idea of the high-performance Lexus even further. The IS F may not have sold in huge numbers, but it definitely marked a milestone for Toyota's luxury division.

Don't cry too much, however, as the new RC F that effectively takes its place packs an even mightier punch. While both are powered by essentially the same 5.0-liter V8 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic driving the rear wheels, the outgoing sedan's 416 horsepower and 371 pound-feet of torque is easily outgunned by the new coupe's 450 hp and 383 lb-ft.

The news was posted on Facebook by Yikihiko Yaguchi, the Toyota performance engineer responsible for both the IS F and RC F. Now, feel free to join us in a moment of silence...


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      jtav2002
      • 4 Months Ago
      I've always liked these, even if they weren't the best option.
      Spartanator
      • 4 Months Ago
      4 doors > 2 doors. I'll miss the IS-F.
      James John
      • 4 Months Ago
      So now they're going to produce the Cleft Lip designs from here on? Sad for Lexus.
      Jay
      • 4 Months Ago
      Can't image anyone will care. This just wasn't a great car to drive. The automatic was horrible. Very slow shifting and never seemed to pick the right gear at the right time in auto mode. Almost all its competitors offered a manual and/or dual clutch type tranny.
      Dave
      • 4 Months Ago
      I always hated those angled quad exhaust pipes.
      Kunal Bhan
      • 4 Months Ago
      In 2011 as my dad was replacing his 2005 E class, we decided to test the C63 AMG for fun. Of course the NA 6.2L V8 sounded amazingly evil and still is one of my favorite engines. But a bit impractical for my dad's tastes. He went Lexus and while he was singing the papers for his RX350 (now he switched to a GS350), I was able to test drive the IS-F to kill time. While it is less on power and such, it beat the driving experience of the AMG by a huge margin for me. My 20 minute drive in that sold me onto Lexuses and what that brand is capable of. Sad to see the IS-F go but can't wait to see the RC-F take over.
        NightFlight
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Kunal Bhan
        The IS-F has NEVER been more capable or have a better driving experience than the C63 in any of its iterations.
          Sam Diamond
          • 4 Months Ago
          @NightFlight
          Until recently it shifted faster and handled better than the C63.
      ffelix422
      • 4 Months Ago
      Who knew they were still making this?
      rsxvue
      • 4 Months Ago
      It was a good first attempt from Lexus to enter into this highly regarded segment..when you're comparing your car to the likes of an M3, C63, RS4, CTS-V..you're gonna have to bring your A-Game. I know the RCF is coming out but any news on a new ISF?
      Max Bramante
      • 4 Months Ago
      M3 vs IS F = M3 Engine Blew http://youtu.be/s92oZHgdWQk
      carguy1701
      • 4 Months Ago
      I can't believe that it's not getting a second generation. Seems like a stupid decision to me.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 4 Months Ago
      Last of the good looking IS. No predator grille or ridiculous Nike swoosh check mark LED strips.
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