The IS F is the performance flagship of the Lexus IS range, but like a BMW M car or a Mercedes-Benz AMG the IS F is far-removed from the regular IS and is worthy of being called a standalone product. That’s because virtually everything beneath its pretty sheet metal is unique, with the big-ticket item being its 5.0-liter V-8.
This sledgehammer of a powerplant dishes out 416 horsepower and 371 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to rocket the five-seat sedan from 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and see it reach a top speed of 168 mph.
Gear changes are handled by a smooth eight-speed automatic, which does a remarkably good job of getting all that power to the rear wheels. There isn’t the delay in shifts that some other high-performance autos suffer from.
The whole IS range was updated last year so there haven’t been too many changes made on this latest 2012 model. The only two items worth mentioning are a red leather interior package that replaces the previous...
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