Monday, 23 December 2013

Lexus IS-F is on its Way Out, But Still Gets Some Video Review Attention from MT

The Lexus IS-F, launched in 2007, was one of the cars you thought about buying if you didn’t want an E90/E92 BMW M3, a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, or a Jaguar XF-R.

It offered comparable but slightly lower performance, vertically-stacked exhaust pipes and a sometimes indecisive eight-speed gearbox (one of the first of its kind) that had to make do with torque coming in high, at 5,200 rpm – some reviews said it was an annoyance while low-speed cruising.

Now, the car is on its way out, and we already have an all-new IS to base a new F model on. Still, it’s an interesting performance sedan, and MotorTrends Justin Bell, thought it’d be a good idea to give it some more attention, as it’s quickly approaching automotive Neverland.

And that’s a shame, because its five-liter V8 sounds really nice, and while it didn’t beat the Mercedes for exhaust note chills-up-the-spine factor, it was a nicer noise than that of the BMW.

Will it be missed in a few years’ time? Probably not.

By Andrei Nedelea


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