2011 Lexus IS F | new car review

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 by

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The IS F is the ultimate incarnation of ’ IS sedan, boasting more than 400bhp from its V8 engine.

It originally went on sale in Japan in 2007, but only arrived in the Middle East – officially, anyway – at the tail end of 2010.

The name and the design come from Japan’s Fuji Speedway, the home of Lexus’ high performance vehicle development. Thus the F gets a 5.0-litre V8 engine sending 417bhp to the rear wheels through an advanced eight-speed automatic gearbox that can be shifted manually via wheel-mounted paddles. The result is a sedan that will hit 100kph in 4.8 seconds.

2011 Lexus IS F

 

 

 

 

 

The IS F stands out from the rest of the range thanks to a lower stance and large grille and intakes in the front. Wider wheel arches house 19-inch alloy wheels, behind which lurk powerful Brembo brakes.

At the back, the stacked quad tailpipes are house in a deep rear bumper, with a spoiler integrated into the tailgate.

Inside, buyers get leather sports seats featuring the F logo, and the trim includes lashing of carbon fibre and aluminium.

Despite its sporting performance, the IS F is still a Lexus, so luxury features include a 14-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, dual zone air conditioning  and cruise control.

Safety features include eight airbags and a Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system (incorporating electronic stability control and ABS, traction control) tuned for sporty driving.

2011 Lexus IS F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lexus IS F

Engine: 5.0-litre V8
Max power (bhp/rpm): 417/6,600
Max torque (Nm/rpm): 504/5,200
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Driven wheels: Rear-wheel drive
Kerb weight: 1,730kg
Price (AED): From 299,000

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