Review: 2014 Lexus IS F ages gracefully and quickly, at the same time…

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Review: 2014 Lexus IS F gracefully and quickly, at the same

Farewell, old friend: As a sign of the the end is near for Lexus’ sweet V-8, as its luxury compact lineup moves on. Rivals the BMW M3, Cadillac CTS-V and Mercedes C 63 AMG soon have one less snapping at their heels.

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Jeffrey Jablansky / New Daily News Interestingly, the Lexus IS-F is based on the second generation while the of the lineup is in its third generation.

In traditionally restrained automaker decided to try something different: Its performance enthusiasts wanted to and sell a sport sedan to in the 400-horsepower-and-up club.

It was uncharted for the brand that built a on softly understated quality, and luxurious efficiency.

But the enthusiasts got their way, and the IS F burst onto the scene, performance to match or beat with admirable, long-running

At the end of the IS F’s impressive, six-year run, we to take a last spin in the IS F, to see how the powerful sedan fared to some brand-new competition.

Jablansky / New York Daily A glimpse at the IS F’s aluminum-alloy

It’s an interesting moment for the IS which is in its third generation, the IS F is based on the second-generation model. It has the same basic skin a refresh three years and its overall shape dates to 2008.

Its uncluttered lines, have withstood the test of thankfully, the IS F’s exterior is more than the models’ that it. A carbon-fiber rear spoiler and a deeper front clip are the distinguishing factors

Suggestions of sportiness stare you in the immediately upon settling the driver’s seat. A tachometer the central gauges, and integrates a speedometer and peripheral car data.

Jablansky / New York Daily The IS F’s 8-speed automatic is fitted with steering-wheel panels.

Carbon-fiber trim up the leather-lined interior, which color-contrasting stitching throughout. A level of overall material and of their fit and finish, are important factors. The IS F is a strict four-seater, with a center console up the rear middle seat.

The IS F’s metal hides a powertrain of propelling it to 60 mph as quickly as any German or competitor. A V-8 sits atop the IS engine hierarchy, and this one 416 horsepower with reckless The exhaust note is tuned to a sound more at home on the than a parking lot. It snarls at idle!

The combined effect is a hoot. a veritable rocket on the street, enough torque to make in between taxis, or blasting a highway, as easy as possible.

Jablansky / New York Daily The sportiness of the IS F is clear in the view the driver’s seat.

An 8-speed transmission, fitted with mounted paddles, is responsible for all this thrust to the rear and it does so easily and with drama. (All-wheel drive is not an on the IS F.) Those so inclined can use the power for smoky burnouts, but you could as easily drive the IS F calmly, diving head-first into car’s full performance

Yet in either scenario, with the IS F’s exhaust note, there are ever any quiet getaways.

There isn’t much joy in a backseat passenger – blame the highly bolstered front for eating into space for and knees. Overall ride is comfortable, but by no means soft.


Jablansky / New York Daily The IS F has a raucous exhaust note.

The IS F’s is firm, and not quite as stiff as rivals. The brakes are strong, and easy to modulate their – unlike the operation in some European sport sedans. love the steering for its heft, since it doesn’t need modes to deliver the sportiness you in a 400+hp sedan.

It’s one of few models with the directive to head-on with sports from Europe, and it does a admirable job keeping up.

Unfortunately, rising gas prices and a trend by to create sports cars an environmental angle, the outgoing IS F be the final home for this V-8. Blame a trend smaller-displacement, turbocharged engines get better gas mileage. The third-generation IS F features a V-6 with over 300 The next IS F, should there be has a difficult act to follow.

Jeffrey Jablansky / New York News The IS F’s carbon-fiber spoiler and a lower, deeper clip are major distinguishing factors.

In the meantime, Lexus is an equally competent, more (and slower) IS350. Add the design package – currently the you’ll get to a full bore – and the newest IS certainly looks the

But something tells us we’re to miss the IS F’s roar and thunder.

Stats: 2014 Lexus IS F

Base price: $64,510 $910 destination charge)

Rear-wheel drive, 5.0-liter, V-8, 8-speed automatic

EPA fuel economy: 16 city / 23 mpg


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