The IS-F is set to become Lexus' premier performance sedan when it arrives in Australia in 2008. The spec sheet more than grants it performance car status, based on the proven rear-wheel-drive Lexus IS platform, it will feature a performance-tuned 5.0-litre V8 engine, expected to produce approximately 300kW and more than 470Nm of torque.
The gearbox is something else altogether as the IS-F will premier the world's first eight-speed (yes, eight) direct sport-shift transmission, able to change gears in 0.1 seconds - a mere 0.05 seconds slower than gear changes in a Formula One car. This should send the IS-F to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds from a standing start - although the all important top speed is currently unknown - with eight gears to run out, it will certainly be impressive.
With all this power comes great responsibility. This is taken care of by specially designed Lexus-emblazoned Brembo brakes - six-piston up front, two piston down back - chomping down onto 361mm and 345mm cross-drilled front discs respectively.
Lexus Australia divisional manager John Roca said the IS-F would inspire a new breed of Lexus owner, one who demands superior build quality and comfort, combined with the ultimate in performance.
"The IS-F will bring to Lexus a range of new customers, particularly those who drive their vehicles not just during the working week but for pleasure on the weekends. The IS-F will kick off the Lexus 'F' range of vehicles and is expected to be joined by the LF-A concept vehicle in the future,"