New Lexus IS-F
The New Lexus IS-F will be available from £51,000, and will achieve a top speed of 170mph doing 0-60mph in around 4.3seconds. The IS-F will get you around 21 miles to the gallon in terms of fuel consumption. The standard safety features included on the IS-F are Twin front, side & curtain airbags, ABS, VSC and TRC.
The specification sheet for the Lexus IS-F looks promising enough. With 417bhp from its 5.0-litre V8, it pips the BMW M3 and the old Audi RS4 by 3bhp but has to give best in the power stakes to the mighty Mercedes C63 AMG. No great surprises there. The engine is a development of the unit found under the bonnet of the LS460 limousine, but has been sent to fit club. Titanium intake valves, lightweight hollow camshafts, and an extra oil pump to keep the moving parts slippery during extreme cornering manoeuvres improve what was already a very impressive motor. The headline figures are par for the class, the IS-F stomping to 60mph in 4.3 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 170mph.
At £51,000 on the road, the IS-F is more expensive than the BMW M3 coupe and comes within a few thousand pounds of the awe inspiring Nissan GT-R, a car that targets even mightier fare such as the Porsche 911 Turbo. Had Lexus been able to offer the IS-F for around £45,000, it would have been a bolt-on success but it’s hard to see many people being swayed to the Japanese ingénue against the formidable competition histories of BMW and Mercedes.