2011 Lexus IS-F

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Engine Engine 5.0LV-8
MPG MPG 16 City / 23 Hwy
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2011 IS-F Overview

New Updates Soften Japan's Super Sedan Mid-course corrections are a common occurrence when speaking about high-flying commercial aircraft and oceangoing freighters – both are often pushed off track by errant winds and powerful currents. But when it comes to automobiles, a mid-course correction can be a sign that something was wrong the moment a new model was unveiled. The Lexus IS F was introduced at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show. The compact, high-performance sports sedan was a fresh Japanese alternative to the Audi RS4, BMW M3, Cadillac CTS-V and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. Yet, despite a full suite of performance enhancements that lifted it above and well beyond the standard IS, the 416-horsepower rear-wheel-drive sedan arrived lacking the refinement and performance to properly battle its competition. Lexus reviewed the situation, noted it was not on the proper path and made a series of corrections this past year. The 2011 IS-F four-door boasts a host of improvements, both inside and out, promising a smoother ride, better handling, improved ergonomics and a freshened exterior. So is the Lexus IS F firmly back on track? The Lexus IS-F was a big step up from its six-cylinder IS 250 and IS 350 siblings. Not only did it pack eight-cylinder power, but its brakes, suspension and tires were tuned for serious enthusiasts. Complementing the mechanical upgrades, Lexus also made a slew of cosmetic changes to the bodywork, and fitted the cabin with special sport seats and other performance kit. While we liked the IS F when we first spent time with it in 2009, we weren't completely blown away. Aside from its lack of personality (blame Japanese sterility), much of our frustration was directed at its sport-tuned suspension, which was much too firm for our tastes. It seemed intent on rattling the amalgam fillings from our jaws. "While the Lexus sport sedan is great in the canyons, a joy to toss into the corners, straight-line driving on anything but polished marble will leave you and your occupants wondering how to turn the methodical oscillations off." We summed things up by saying, "...the IS F is an excellent candidate for electronically controlled dampers." We weren't alone with our charges, as nearly everyone who drove the sportiest Lexus in the lineup mirrored our sentiments. Thankfully, Lexus has listened. For the 2011 model year, the Japanese automaker made a series of changes to the IS F to address many of our concerns. The rubber is a special compound Bridgestone Potenza RE050A, with a treadwear rating of 140, formulated just for the IS F. First, the suspension has been completely recalibrated. The dampers have been fitted with new high-performance valves and the spring rates have been revised. There is slightly more stroke up front and the rear has been firmed up. Combined with the new Torsen-type limited slip differential (added for the 2010 model year), the result is increased traction and greater stability at speed. Next, Lexus made adjustments to the power-assisted steering system to increase its precision, improve turn-in …
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2011 IS-F Overview

New Updates Soften Japan's Super Sedan Mid-course corrections are a common occurrence when speaking about high-flying commercial aircraft and oceangoing freighters – both are often pushed off track by errant winds and powerful currents. But when it comes to automobiles, a mid-course correction can be a sign that something was wrong the moment a new model was unveiled. The Lexus IS F was introduced at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show. The compact, high-performance sports sedan was a fresh Japanese alternative to the Audi RS4, BMW M3, Cadillac CTS-V and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. Yet, despite a full suite of performance enhancements that lifted it above and well beyond the standard IS, the 416-horsepower rear-wheel-drive sedan arrived lacking the refinement and performance to properly battle its competition. Lexus reviewed the situation, noted it was not on the proper path and made a series of corrections this past year. The 2011 IS-F four-door boasts a host of improvements, both inside and out, promising a smoother ride, better handling, improved ergonomics and a freshened exterior. So is the Lexus IS F firmly back on track? The Lexus IS-F was a big step up from its six-cylinder IS 250 and IS 350 siblings. Not only did it pack eight-cylinder power, but its brakes, suspension and tires were tuned for serious enthusiasts. Complementing the mechanical upgrades, Lexus also made a slew of cosmetic changes to the bodywork, and fitted the cabin with special sport seats and other performance kit. While we liked the IS F when we first spent time with it in 2009, we weren't completely blown away. Aside from its lack of personality (blame Japanese sterility), much of our frustration was directed at its sport-tuned suspension, which was much too firm for our tastes. It seemed intent on rattling the amalgam fillings from our jaws. "While the Lexus sport sedan is great in the canyons, a joy to toss into the corners, straight-line driving on anything but polished marble will leave you and your occupants wondering how to turn the methodical oscillations off." We summed things up by saying, "...the IS F is an excellent candidate for electronically controlled dampers." We weren't alone with our charges, as nearly everyone who drove the sportiest Lexus in the lineup mirrored our sentiments. Thankfully, Lexus has listened. For the 2011 model year, the Japanese automaker made a series of changes to the IS F to address many of our concerns. The rubber is a special compound Bridgestone Potenza RE050A, with a treadwear rating of 140, formulated just for the IS F. First, the suspension has been completely recalibrated. The dampers have been fitted with new high-performance valves and the spring rates have been revised. There is slightly more stroke up front and the rear has been firmed up. Combined with the new Torsen-type limited slip differential (added for the 2010 model year), the result is increased traction and greater stability at speed. Next, Lexus made adjustments to the power-assisted steering system to increase its precision, improve turn-in …Hide Full Review