The 2010 Lexus IS-F is based on Lexus's IS entry-level sport sedan. That said, one look at the quad tailpipes, 19-inch BBS alloys, and fully revised front end will tell any onlooker that this is no ordinary Lexus.
The 5-liter direct injected V8 generates an impressive 416 horsepower and 371 pound feet of torque, sent to the rear wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission operated via paddle shifters.
While all that muscle will bring the 4-passenger IS-F from zero-to-sixty in 4.2 seconds, the upgrades go far deeper than simply straight-line power. The IS-F incorporates features such as an oil pan scavenger pump designed for high-speed cornering, larger brakes with Brembo calipers, and a three-mode vehicle stability control system. Together they equip the IS-F for any performance driving challenges that might come its way.
Fuel economy for the IS-F is as follows:
Base MSRP for the 2010 Lexus IS-F is $57,760. The IS-F is backed by a 6-year, 70,000-mile power train warranty.
The V8-powered 2010 Lexus IS-F is a statement of performance in itself. But this luxury sports car may also hint at a new direction that the Japanese luxury carmaker is taking to satisfy today's performance sedan driver's need for speed.