Almost 20 years after the introduction of its first luxury vehicle in Australia , Lexus has launched its first dedicated performance vehicle - the IS F.
IS F is the result of the efforts of one man, Yukihiko Yaguchi, the Chief Engineer for IS F; whose determination to produce a dedicated Lexus performance vehicle assured the project went from concept to reality.
Based on the popular IS platform, the IS F underwent an extensive re-engineering and development program befitting a vehicle of its performance attributes.
IS F is also the first Lexus vehicle to bear the marque's performance designation "F", derived in name and design from Japan's Fuji Speedway - the home of Lexus performance vehicle development.
Benefitting from the most intensive track development program of any Lexus to date, the thrilling four-door brings a new level of driving dynamics and performance to the Lexus range.
IS F features many performance-tuned components including a 5.0-litre V8 engine - which was co-developed with Yamaha - Brembo brakes and the world's first eight-speed direct sport-shift transmission.
The new gearbox is able to change gears in 0.1 seconds - a mere 0.05 seconds slower than gear changes in a Formula One car.
Built at a global rate of 25 per day, IS F also becomes the rarest Lexus vehicles to grace Australian roads, with just 10 allocated to Australia per month.
"IS F brings with it true motoring enthusiast buy-in to the Lexus brand," said Lexus chief executive John Roca.
"From the tyres to the gearbox and engine, IS F has been designed to stimulate the senses and deliver a driving experience that is unheard of in a Lexus," said Roca.
"Not only is IS F Lexus' first performance vehicle, but it signals the birth of our "F" range of vehicles - characterised by track focused development and a unique link to Japan's most famous circuit: Fuji Speedway.
"Although IS F is a performance vehicle, it will still hold true to the Lexus ideals of superior build quality and refinement," said Roca
"No part of this vehicle has been left untouched - every component has been designed to achieve the Chief Engineer's goal of transforming every moment of driving into an experience.
"There is no doubt that IS F will bring a new group of customers to the Lexus brand and stimulate purchase of other IS models," said Roca.
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