The upcoming IS F will benefit from two “firsts” that Lexus will introduce with this new car.
The first is the most powerful engine Lexus has ever produced. The IS F is packing, with a 5.0-liter direct-injected V8 pumping out over 400 horsepower and a tire-shredding 350 lb-ft of torque. Zero to 60 will come quickly, somewhere around 4.9 seconds.
The second is the world’s first eight-speed transmission, with paddle shifters, of course. And in true F1 style, the cars on-board computer will add a little fun with throttle-blipping on downshifts.
You’ll recognize the IS F with it’s larger hood and lower intake, all to make way for the V8. It will also have wider front fenders, a rear spoiler and quad tailpipes.
Once this car hits the road, the comparisons will begin. Competitor to the BMW M3, Audi RS 4 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG? We would have to say “yes”. Does Lexus realize that they’ve just entered the highly competitive sports sedan market? We hope so because that means they’ll have to maintain it’s performance edge. And that can only benefit us.