The IS-F is indeed an unique vehicle.It's the first serious performance car from Lexus,and the first model that started the F campaign(yes it came before the LFA).And yet it looks very similar to the ...
The IS-F is indeed an unique vehicle.It's the first serious performance car from Lexus,and the first model that started the F campaign(yes it came before the LFA).And yet it looks very similar to the incredibly popular IS series that's filling the roads of every city.The updated 2011 version is a tad slower than the BMW M3 on the track,but what you lose in slight performance you gain in better styling vs the sedan,reliability,cost of maintenance and more economical.Because it looks similar to the rest of the IS,it doesnt attract too much attention,and that can be a good thing.U drive it as a daily driver while having all that power under the hood,and not having to worry about it ever breaking down.Being a lexus,it has great interior quality,comes loaded with standard convenient features and electronics(Navigation, mark levinson sound system, bluetooth,moonroof,keyless entry,tpms) ,4 doors and a decent sized trunk.Just changing a catback system will get it to be about 435hp,without doing anything else.It comes standard with BBS forged 19" wheels,limited slip differential,brembo brakes with drilled rotors,HID etc. It's never obnoxious, highway driving is comfy and quiet,and thanks to its 8 speed automatic,I can get 28 mpg highway cruising out a 400+ hp car.This car sleeps and try to be economical under 3500 rpm,and starts to growl and releases its torque beyond that point.The 8 speed transmission is very smooth, and when properly warmed up,it upshifts incredibly fast like a dual clutch manual.
Most of the cons of the car applies to the rest of the IS line as well: small cabin space, tight rear seats,only 1 cup holder and limited interior cabin storage,head-heavy handling characteristics.It's not super good looking but certainly not ugly either.The sport seats in the ISF provides great support, but the car does have a firm suspension so it drives quite unlike your typical Lexus.It can get jittery at times,but completely bearable.Since it's a 8 speed auto,downshifting can be slow at times.With the heavy v8 engine and transmission,it is quite heavy at about 3800lb,though much lighter than most of the German competitors with 4 wheel drive or even bigger engines.Since it has a v8, mpg isnt that great if u drive a lot of local streets.But once on the freeway ur mpg starts to get to 20+ avg.
Competition wise,it's more economical and less obnoxious than the AMG, better styling, more economical than the M3 and better fit and finish than the Cadillac.Yes the reliability wins hands down,which is not something to be taken lightly.You can have more fun with the car,spend less time going to the dealers for the famous BMW check engine lights.For those with tighter wallets,you drain less cash doing computer diagnostics dealing with the german electronic problems.Plus you enjoy,for the most part, cheap toyota parts and labor to keep it running at such low costs.The biggest expense on running this car is probably the tires,which is expected for sporty cars.So if u can appreciate this delicate balance of v8 performance,looks,exclusivity,superb reliability,low running costs,practicality of a sedan,low depreciation of a lexus and low profile look,u will love this IS-F and it is a very unique vehicle in its own place