Nailing a 0-100km/hr in less than 5-seconds, the new 2012 Lexus IS F gets 416-hp coupled with an upscale interior.
Power and performance
The 2012 Lexus IS F features a high-performance 5.0 L V8 that produces 416 peak horsepower and up to 371 lb-ft of torque to launch the vehicle from 0-100 km/h in less than five seconds. This powerhouse features dual overhead cams, Variable Valve Timing with intelligence, electrically driven on the intake cam (VVT-iE), a Direct Ignition System, Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i), Direct Injection four-stroke gasoline engine superior version (D-4S), and Dual air intakes with Air Intake Control System (AICS), and other systems to maximize power across a broad speed range while boosting efficiency and reducing emissions.
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To squeeze maximum performance from “The Beast”, this engine is mated to an advanced, eight-speed automatic with Sport Direct Shift Control and driver-selectable operating modes – from the fully automatic D-mode that delivers exceptional launch power and lightning quick acceleration to the M mode that feels like a true manual. Steering wheel mounted paddle shifters deliver crisp up-shifts in one-tenth of a second, while downshifts are enhanced with precise automated throttle blips that match engine RPM to the IS F’s speed.
The IS F achieves a fuel efficiency of 11.0 L / 100 KM combined city/highway, and a Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions rating.
Handling and Control
Power needs control, and the IS F’s dynamic, driver-focused systems help harness and make greatest use of its substantial power.
The IS F features a specially sport-tuned version of the Lexus Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) System. VDIM anticipates and corrects potential stability problems such as skids or slides to optimize handling and control. Three modes let the driver modify the IS F’s driving and handling dynamics. Drivers may also turn off VDIM when challenging their own skills behind the wheel on a closed course.
The IS F also features a specially tuned sport suspension, with double wishbone front and multilink rear configurations. This suspension is based on the IS series luxury sport sedans but with significant modifications that enhance stiffness and road feel, and features a special front-end anti-dive and anti-squat geometry.
For precise cornering and lane changes, the IS F is equipped with highly-responsive electric rack-and-pinion progressive rate power steering.
The 2012 Lexus IS F may be ordered with the Series 2 Package, which adds: unique 19” alloy wheels; a 14-speaker Mark Levinson audio system with six-disc DVD changer and 5.1-channel speaker architecture; a wallet-sized smart key; clearance and back-up sensors; and headlamp washers.
Pricing and availability
The 2012 Lexus IS F is now on sale at Canadian Lexus Dealers, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price starting at $69,950for the IS F (Series 1) and $72,650 for the IS F (Series 2).