2010 Lexus IS F revealed

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

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.

Press Release

Lexus has upgraded its IS F performance sedan

Lexus has upgraded its IS F performance sedan - adding new performance, technological and design features.

Performance revisions extend to the IS F's suspension, where significant re-tuning work improves ride comfort and high-speed stability under all driving conditions.

The front coil spring rate has been revised to reduce the transmission of road surface vibrations, and the shock absorber damping force characteristics have also been revised to combine high performance with enhanced ride comfort.

Lexus has also adjusted rear suspension spring and damper rates, along with the camber angle, suspension arm bush and stabiliser bush characteristics.

In combination, these changes improve rear stability when cornering, suppress suspension member movement under hard acceleration or deceleration, and further enhance ride comfort.

The new-look, LFA-inspired design of the driver's instrument panel repositions the tachometer, speedometer and shift indicator within the binnacle for instant legibility and maximum clarity during high-speed driving.

The large, centrally positioned tachometer incorporates a rev indicator to help enhance gear shift operation characteristics.

The rev indicator illuminates in three steps - at 5,000 rpm, at 5,500 rpm and at 6,200-6,550 rpm, depending on the gear step.

Newly adopted Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) follow Lexus' unique L finesse arrowhead design, lifting the IS F's exterior and bring it into line with the rest of the IS range.

A new Starlight Black exterior colour, blacked-out headlamp lenses and a new dark-metallic engine cover complement the DRLs.

On board, the IS F also receives new dark carbon-fibre centre-console inserts, and a new orange- and black- leather seating option.

The revised driver's seat offers improved support, while a revised steering wheel enhances grip and feel.

Lexus chief executive Tony Cramb said upgrades to IS F added further weight to Lexus' growing performance credentials.

"Upgrades to IS F coincide with the introduction of the IS 350 and IS 250 F Sport, and lift what is already a truly impressive vehicle," Mr Cramb said.

"The changes to IS F deliver greater compliance during everyday driving - but also greater performance for those times when owners take their Lexus to the track.

"IS F and our F Sport models will play an increasingly important role in solidifying Lexus' performance credentials," Mr Cramb said.

Lexus IS F is powered by a Euro 5-compliant, 5.0-litre V8 engine generating over 300 kW at 6,600 rpm and 500 Nm of torque at 5,200 rpm.

The engine is mated to an 8-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission and is capable of accelerating IS F from 0-100km/h in just 4.8 seconds.

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