2013 Lexus IS F new car review, pricing, specifications and photo gallery…

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2013 Lexus IS F review

Our car stickered at $66,574

The IS F carries on the previous IS platform, not the new one introduced at this year.

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Blake Z. Associate Editor, West Scoff if you want, but we now live in a where Lexus, which has its entire existence to building sedate, leather-lined isolation is trying its hardest to ape BMW. And in BMW, which has historically none of those things, is to build comfortable, sedate, isolation chambers itself.

What a world! Human dogs and cats living mass hysteria!

But it’s OK, More sporty cars in the is a good thing. The IS, in 250 and 350 guise, was a sporty-type sedan to start Its replacement is sporty as well but just so. And so we find ourselves the 2012 Lexus IS F, the original salvo in Lexus’s F-Sport predating the LFA .

Yes, the (now LFA was cool, but it was a silly exercise in the automotive equivalent of placing a egg in a window display to entice shoppers to spring for Seiko 5 The IS F is the true proof of concept of whole F-Sport malarkey; F, if wondering, means Finesse, or Fast, or maybe even Quick, which the IS F is.

While we wait for a next of IS F to arrive, presumably in a cloud of smoke that would an employee choke with the original model is still a car. The IS F is quick, needless to but not unmanageable; credit a stern control system for that. is almost no weight on that end — turn off the aforementioned control and it’s prone to in a manner less linear you may like. (How many of have been crashed off Turn-in is nice and even, to a well-weighted steering rack. made a big deal of the 8-speed in the IS F, which means that there’s finally one gear per evenly distributed. Like My colleague Mark Vaughn that it’s unnecessary, but the shifts quickly enough maybe it isn’t. The big, 14.2-in Brembos, however, are much necessary.

Alas, it can’t help being a Burbling around town 4,000 rpm or during gentle the car is just as isolated, comfortable, and as a BMW 7-Series. It’s only you stomp on the throttle that the 1 sound-piping technology kicks in, a burble midway into a that sounds artificial and Yep, fake but mellifluous, like that pop star of auto-tuning her voice. Who was it again? Ah the one with the sex tape. This, is exactly auto-tune for cars. We may ask for integration next time; Taylor Swift and less Punk.

There’s a new IS F coming, just the corner — a year or so, says. Lexus also that the car will take not from the regular IS F, nor the BMW M3 that it but specifically from the IS-F Sports Club Racer Ken Gushi drove, and will again, up Pikes Peak. a ferocious, noisy, wing-bedecked featuring the same drivetrain as the IS F but weighing in approximately 500 pounds

That’s a good start. Not the or the Raiders-style eyeball-melting paint, or 6-foot tall hair. But weight and adding power hell, saving weight and the power levels the same is a formula that endears to the keenest of auto enthusiasts. of them may have owned in the past. Now, maybe wait in line to check out the Lexus.

Weird, huh?

West Editor Mark Vaughn: By the young Blake Z. Rong had 4 million or so miles on this driving up north for the California I was left with just one to drive it before it went to Lexus. So I realized I would to make the most of it and headed up to my favorite mountain road. road is twisty, long and isolated. There are no houses and no side roads for 63 miles. or so years ago I used to take all of its in probably third gear in the cars of the day — and I had to pay close doing it. In this car I took the in fourth and fifth gear at least in part because the IS F has an transmission — but, in to the extra gears, it seemed this time the Lexus was all the work.

You could say this is the sportiest after the LFA, but the LFA is out of production, so makes the IS F the sportiest Lexus, Granted, “sporty” and “Lexus” a unique relationship. In Lexus you get a lot of isolation in this thing: which you don’t really at all; vibration, of which is none; and most of the steering and feedback. You don’t really as much through the steering as you’d like to in a sports and there is very little roll, though what is is appreciated by the seat of your You can barely hear that quad exhaust way back either. So while it’s it’s not really as involving an as other sport sedans.

The 5.0-liter V8 makes so much — 371 lb-ft peaking at rpm — that downshifting the gearbox (eight speeds!) was necessary on this road. (I can’t get over a V8 stuffed an IS. I remember when the IS F was launched at track in Monterey and we were all them around those 11 Amazing, we all thought, because we all used to thinking that liters was big for an IS.) Now this IS F 3780 pounds which, 416 hp, gives it a weight-to-power ratio of over 9:1. That’s not bad at


The best thing about IS F, which took quite a for the other ISes to acquire, is you can hold the little traction down for several seconds to off traction and stability. Do that and you have a tire-smoking howler of a Anyone ever go through the 16 it took to disable traction in the old IS? Yet even with everything off and the piling up smoke like a piles snow, it was hard to get feedback to the driver. I actually saw the billowing a fraction of a second I realized the rears were away. Then I did a few donuts, Imagine that, in a Lexus!

A new IS 350 debuted at Detroit in January. car, the IS F, is not based on that new IS 350 but on on the older car’s chassis. A new IS F arrive until at least the model year. So this V8 car is, if not in its twilight, at least in post-middle But it will be around for a little longer. Now’s the time to this first great Lexus.

There are very few production you’d want to consider for days, but the Lexus IS F is certainly one of You would definitely be the most driver out there.

2013 IS F

Base Price: $61,750

Price: $66,574

Drivetrain: V8; RWD, eight-speed automatic

416 hp @ 6,600 rpm, 371 lb-ft @ rpm

Curb Weight: 3,780 lb



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