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Mike Stevens | Jan, 28 2014 | 2 Comments

New reports suggest the top brass at Lexus have signed off on a new IS F performance sedan, in response to an overwhelmingly positive reception for its new RC F coupe.

According to Japanese site Car Sensor, Lexus is eager to tackle not only the recently revealed BMW M4, but also its four-door M3 sibling.

Styling for the new F sedan would likely follow the path set out by the RC F, with fatter guards over a wider track, gaping vents and unique styling at both ends.

Likewise, power for the next IS F would undoubtedly come from the same 330kW+/520Nm+ 5.0 litre V8 that drives the top coupe.

That would make for a handy boost over the existing IS F, whose V8 engine delivers 311kW and 505Nm of torque.

As with the RC F coupe, Lexus would likely also offer a carbon-fibre package to help reduce the IS F's kerb weight and lower its centre of gravity.

Of course, reports of a new IS F have been circulating for more than a year - but with the technology now ready and waiting in the RC F, there are few barriers left between buyers and a new top-shelf IS model.

For now, the Lexus IS range is available in 200h, 250, 300h and 350 forms, including sporting F Sport models.

MORE: LEXUS IS F news and reviews

Above: our early rendering, developed before the RC F's unveiling.
Above: our early rendering, developed before the RC F's unveiling.

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