Lexus unveiled today the all new ultra-high-performance IS F model for 2010. Back in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Lexus announced that the new car will carry a new limited slip differential which had happened as the full-blooded sports saloon has a better traction and stability in high-speed cornering.
According to the manufacturer, the engineers improved car's lap time around the Fuji International Speedway by a full two seconds.
Under the hood we find the same 5.0-litre V8 engine 417 bhp @ 6,600 rpm as well as 505 Nm of torque. With these numbers the car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.8 seconds while the top speed is electronically limited to 270 km/h (168 mph).
Inside, we find a satellite navigation system, powered by a 40GB hard disc drive (HDD), one of the fastest-responding and most accurate guidance systems on the market.
The HDD also provides an on-board "sound library" function, with 10GB of disc space available for owners to store tracks from CD - space enough for around 2,000 songs.
The new Lexus can be ordered with a new white leather interior in place of the standard black finish and with new mesh-design 19-inch alloy wheels instead of the standard 10-spoke design. Both options are offered without a cost. The 2010 Lexus IS F is on sale now, priced GBP55,595 on-the-road.
The instrument panel of the 2010 Lexus IS F now has a new design, one that’s clearly inspired by the LFA. Everything has been repositioned, from the speedometer, to the tachometer and even its shift indicator.
They have been placed in a way that gives the driver the clarity and legibility especially when driving at high speeds. The tachometer is not just large but it has been placed in the center. The rev indicator has been integrated to it in order to improve the features of the gear shift operation. Depending on what stage the gear is in, the rev indicator lights up in three ways: during 5,000 rpm, when at 5,500 rpm, and finally between 6,200 to 6,550 rpm.
The Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) trail the L finesse arrowhead design that is unique to the Lexus. It manages to lift the exterior of the IS F in order to make sure that it follows the IS range. The exterior comes in a Starlight Black color while the lenses of the headlamp have been blacked-out.
The cover of the engine is in a dark-metallic color that complements its DRLs. The interior of the IS F has its centre-console inserts in a dark carbon-fiber while the leather seats can come in either black or orange. The seat of the driver has been modified to give better support. The steering wheel has been enhanced as well to improve both the feel and grip.
Tony Cramb, Lexus chief executive, shared that these different improvements done to the IS F just adds to the already increasing performance credential of the Lexus. While the upgrades to the IS F already boost what can be considered as an extraordinary vehicle, he added, it also coincides with the launch of the IS 250 F Sport and the IS 350.
Cramb further added that these different changes not only give the IS F better compliance needed for everyday driving but increased performance for those who want to try out their Lexus on the race tracks. The IS F and its F Sport models will continue to have a significant role in cementing the performance credentials of the Lexus.