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The Lexus IS F is a high-performance version of the IS sport sedan. It was the first production model to wear the brand's "F" designation, heralding more exclusive vehicles offering track-ready performance.
The IS F lacks a manual-transmission option and all-wheel drive, but in every other regard it’s equal to the BMW M3, the Mercedes-Benz C63, or the Audi RS4. The engine bay of the IS F features a 5.0-liter V-8 producing 416 horsepower and 371 pound-feet of torque. Power is transmitted to the wheels via an eight-speed direct-shift auto/manual transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Capable of hitting 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and topping out at an electronically regulated 168 mph, the 2009 IS-F is Lexus’ fastest car to date—until the new 2012 Lexus LFA supercar.
Some aluminum-look trim, two-tone interior trim, and piano-black finishes make the IS F a little more distinct on the inside, but in most other respects, the IS F is identical inside to the IS 250 and IS 350 sedans.
For more information on the IS sedans, see our 2010 Lexus IS 350 review, where you’ll find more pictures, news, specs, and related posts.