The Lexus press conference doesn't begin until 11:25AM EST, but a few official pics of the luxury brand's new super sports sedan have been leaked onto the web already. The Lexus IS-F will take aim directly at high-performance sedans from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi using a 5.0-liter V8 producing 400 hp and 350 ft-lbs. of torque as its weapon of choice. Supporting that piece of hardware will be Brembo brakes with 14.2-inch discs, 19-inch BBS wheels, and, get this, the eight-speed automatic transmission from the Lexus LS460 but with paddle shifters to swap the oh-so-many cogs at a quicker pace. The car obviously sits lower on a sport-tuned suspension, while the front end gets a decidedly more aggressive expression from its new lower front fascia that incorporates a large lower grill and intakes for what appears to be brake cooling. New side skirts also spring upward behind the front wheels to create an air vent ahead of the doors. Out back a new lower rear bumper houses those staggered double-dual exhaust outlets, as well. We're quite impressed with the list of hardware Lexus is packing into the IS-F, especially considering they all add up to a 0-60 run in less than five seconds. Is the Lexus demographic ready, however, for a Lexus that looks like this?
There are two additional shots after the jump, including one of the interior. We will be in the front row at the official unveiling, so check back later for a huge gallery of high-res shots showing the IS-F from every angle.
[Source: Motor Authority]