The market’s latest communications and connectivity technologies are on board, as are numerous luxury touches expected of the brand. Blending luxury, quality and performance have made the IS-F -- nicknamed The Beast -- a popular choice in its segment.
Cons: The IS-F is a high-performance variant of a sensible luxury sedan, so expect elevated purchase prices, insurance, and fuel bills. Also, because it’s built on the now last-generation IS platform, it’s beginning to show its age.
2014 Lexus IS-F Pricing: The 2014 Lexus IS-F starts at $73,900 and offers numerous options and packages to fine-tune it to individual tastes and budgets.
2014 Lexus IS-F Fuel Economy: Fuel economy is rated at 13L/100km during city driving, and 8.5L/100km during highway cruising. Premium fuel is required.
Improvements and Changes: The IS-F is carried over from last year’s model with negligible changes.
Don’t Miss: The Mark Levinson audio system. To offer the market’s premier mobile listening experience, Mark Levinson audio engineers have been working exclusively with Lexus on mobile audio since 2000 -- they create systems optimized specifically to each vehicle to deliver unmatched sound quality and music reproduction. Mark Levinson audio systems put upgraded components, powerful subwoofers, and 7.1-channel surround sound audio at the Lexus driver’s disposal.
Also, be sure to note the performance enhancements, including Brembo brakes, BBS forged alloy wheels, and a Torsen limited-slip differential for maximum traction.
2014 Lexus IS-F Powertrain: Drivers can expect 0-100km/h times of under 5 seconds, thanks to a specially developed and highly tuned 5.0L V8 that delivers 416 horsepower and 371 lb-ft of torque. Advanced electronically driven Dual Variable Valve Timing ensures optimal power delivery at all times, while maximizing efficiency. An active air intake system boosts high rpm power and sound output, and a direct ignition system and numerous high-performance components ensure the Lexus “F” V8 powerplant is ready to perform at any prod of the throttle.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shift control. The powertrain can be dialed into various drive modes to suit the current conditions and driver intentions.
Safety: Advanced airbags, potent brakes and the industry’s most advanced stability and traction assist systems all work to help drivers maintain control in all situations. Standard are eight airbags, a tire-pressure monitoring system, Smart Stop Technology, and an on-board first-aid kit. A backup camera, LED taillamps, and front windshield de-icer help add further confidence.
Comparables: The Lexus IS-F competes largely with the BMW M3, Mercedes C63 AMG, Cadillac CTS-V, Audi S4, and other hot-rod sedans from around the globe.