Top Speed: 167 MPH
0-60: 4.7 Seconds
Horsepower: 417 @ 6600 RPM
Torque: 372 @ 5200 RPM
Transmission: 8 Speed Automatic
A performance edition of Lexus' second-generation IS model, the IS F was first unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in 2007, alongside the concept of its supercar sibling, the LFA. Designed by Supra sculptor, Yukihiko Yaguchi, and developed to challenge the Teutonic establishment, it was the first Lexus to carry the F marque. But it wasn't simply shiny badges that distinguished it from its brethren. The IS F featured a lower ride height, tweaked suspension, more potent brakes, 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, and a conspicuous hood bulge added to accommodate its beating heart. A 5.0-liter direct-injected V8 capable of cranking out 417 bhp, in conjunction with an eight-speed (yes, eight-speed) sequential transmission its Toyota-made 2UR-GSE powerplant could shoot the IS F to 60 mph in an RS4-rivalling 4.7 seconds. Its top speed of 167 mph, meanwhile, comfortably eclipsed the Audi's artificial limit, while the welcome addition of a Torsen-type limited-slip rear differential in 2010 upped the stakes still further.
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