LEXUS IS F – SIMPLE BUT BRUTAL

Lexus is one of the automobile luxury brands that I really like. They have been producing hot cars which are definitely world-class. Now, Lexus introduces a newbie to their family. The new Lexus IS F is actually one of their latest masterpieces. This new four-door, 416-horse velocity raptor from Lexus will be the big hit to the luxury arena of the auto industry. The “F” on its name stands for “Fenomenal” (phenomenal), “Fabulous”, “Fantastic”, and “Flagship”. From the platform that underpins the IS 250 as well as the IS 350 sport sedans, the IS F is a carbon-spewing, tire vaporizing mutant. It is considered as the gentrified Lexus family’s black sheep and you know how fun a black sheep can be.

Yeah, everyone knows that Lexus have this respected reputation when it comes to civility, the rip snorting IS F shouldn’t be here. But despite of that, the IS F was included. Absolutely, there is nothing else in the Lexus stable and has the IS F’s distinct street-bruiser look. ‘ Two inches wider up front than the IS 350, the F also sports a larger grille (improved engine cooling), fat brake ducts in the front air dam, 19-inch, dark-gray BBS forged-alloy wheels, quad tailpipes in a dual stacked array, and a pronounced hood bulge that hints of something menacing lurking underneath’. This car actually has the total package, it has the engine that is based on the direct-injection 5.0-liter V-8 that serves in the LS 600hL, was codeveloped by Yamaha; it’s upgraded with new high-flow heads, hollow cams, a head-scavenge oil pump (to help maintain even lubrication during high-g loads), titanium intake valves, a dual-inlet air intake (the second intake opens at 3600 rpm for enhanced high-rpm breathing), and other performance goodies. The net result is 416 horsepower at 6600 rpm and 371 pound-feet of torque at 5200.

Unlike any other vehicles, the Lexus IS F don’t have a manual transmission, but no need to fret on that. Instead, it is fully calibrated with an eight-speed automatic with manual mode and paddle shifters. Though the the transmission uses a conventional torque converter in first gear, in manual mode the lock-up clutch remains engaged from second through eighth, directly connecting the engine’s output to the rear wheels (lift off the gas, and the engine compression is immediate, as with a conventional manual transmission). Adding to the “manual” feel is ultra-fast shifting; Lexus claims the tranny can change gears in just 100 milliseconds–as quick as the Ferrari F430’s F1 box. This car also comes with a suspension that is as cushy as a manhole cover that also allows you to experience a different kind of ride. Other specs also include; Front spring and shock rates are up 90 percent; the rear rates have climbed 50 percent. Larger anti-roll bars front and back minimize body roll even more, as does a ride height lowered about an inch. Inside the huge forged-alloy wheels (said to be 40 percent lighter than cast-aluminum wheels of the same size) lie six-piston Brembo brakes up front (the vented and drilled discs are an inch larger than the IS 350’s) and two-piston vented and drilled Brembo rotors (up 1.4 inches) at the rear.

How about the cockpit? Damn! It’s a racy place- as describe by those fortunate individuals who get to see this ride. It is installed with shift paddles located behind the wheel four deeply bolstered sport bucket seats, oil-temp gauge, aluminized composite trim–yet it’s still very Lexus. All the typical amenities are standard or available, including heated seats, navigation, Mark Levinson surround-sound audio and radar-guided cruise are the just some of the great surprise features that this monster driving machine can offer. The Lexus IS F is simple yet brutal when it comes to performance. Aww..that was sooo cool!

~ by khia0486 on May 24, 2008.

 
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