Lexus have officially released details of its first â€œFâ€ car, the Lexus IS-F. Due to go on sale in Japan on Christmas day it will probably arrive a little late to fill any Christmas stockings but there is always next year.
The big news is the power and torque outputs of the IS-Fâ€™s 5.0-litre V8 which until now have been the cause of much speculation but little substance. Will the IS-F have the horses to take on the new BMW M3 V8?
Well, the answer to that question is a resounding yes, in fact Lexus have virtually mirrored the power output of the E92 M3â€™s 4.0-litre V8 (309kW) and landed a telling blow with an extra 100Nm of torque â€“ as you would expect from an extra litre of capacity.
The Lexus IS-Fâ€™s 5.0-litre V8 produces 310kW (417hp) and 503Nm (371lb-ft), which will no doubt see it lay down some impressive 0-100 km/h and standing 400m times. A worthy M3 or Audi RS4 competitor â€“ time will tell but as we all know Lexus donâ€™t do anything by halves so expect the IS-F to set the cat amongst the mid-size performance saloon pigeons.
Australian pricing is not know at this stage but the IS-F will go on sale in Japan for 7,660,000 JPY or AUD74,000 â€“ a bargain. We can expect the usual â€œLucky countryâ€ taxes to change all that although expect the Lexus IS-F to be sharply priced when compared to the competition.