Lexus IS-F 

  • $60k built in Japan
  • 2008
  • 400 HP 5.0L
  • 170 mph
In addition to impressing us as a green hot rod, the IS F wowed our editors with its ergonomically sound interior, nifty shift paddles, supportive white-leather seats (although most were not fond of the patina after 20,000 miles), American musclecar engine note (especially when the secondary inlet opened at 3600 rpm), and fierce façade (the stacked exhaust pipes, gray-finished wheels, large hood bulge, and front fender vents endeared most of our L.A. fashionistas).
by MotorTrend (Nov, 2009)
It's quiet at part throttle, but sharpens and deepens as your foot flattens, especially above 3800 revs.
by MotorTrend (Mar, 2008)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Lexus IS-F


Lexus IS-F
4.8 s

Top speed

Lexus IS-F
170 mph
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Mustang GT 5.0
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Lexus IS-F
9.8 s
12.3 s

Top Gear track time

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1/4 mile

Lexus IS-F
12.8 s

Data points Key details of the Lexus IS-F


Lexus IS-F


Lexus IS-F
400 HP

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the car

In The News From around the web


Lexus IS-F
Like the exterior, the interior of the IS-F receives unique styling with aluminized composite trim and special surface treatments.
A pair of paddles located within a fingertip's reach behind the steering wheel enables the driver to make ultra-fast up-shift gear changes within a tenth of a second.

2008 Lexus IS-F - Top Speed
The scavenge pump forces oil from the cylinder heads back to the oil pan, ensuring a reliable oil supply even during cornering that exceeds one g..
Suspension bushings have been specially tuned for better feel, and the subframe suspension mounts are stiffer than on other IS models to help reduce sway and ensure control under acceleration and braking.

2008 Lexus IS-F

Car & Driver News
We ranked the car second behind the 3-series due to Lexus's characteristic numb steering and pillowy suspension.
The engine is teamed with a modified version of the LS460's eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and a torque converter revised for quicker shifts and rev-matched downshifts.

2008 Lexus IS-F

AutomobileMag News
Behind big nineteen-inch BBS front wheels lie six-pot aluminum Brembo calipers-the first ever with "Lexus" written across them-squeezing down on 14.2-inch perforated discs that hope to also clamp down on the lips of Lexus-doubters.
Under the massively bulged hood you see here is a 5.0-liter beast of a V-8 engine putting out over 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Lexus
Price $59,990
Type of car Production car
Year 2008
City mileage 16 MPG
Highway mileage 23 MPG


Chief designer Yukihiko Yaguchi


Drivetrain RWD w/ESP
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 8 gears
Gear ratios
  1. 1: 4.6:1
  2. 2: 2.72:1
  3. 3: 1.86:1
  4. 4: 1.46:1
  5. 5: 1.23:1
  6. 6: 1:1
  7. 7: 0.82:1
  8. 8: 0.69:1
Axle ratio 2.94:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 483/? 203
Rear wheels 483/? 229

road tests

Top speed 170 mph
1/4 mile 12.8 s
0-60mph 4.8 s
0-100mph 9.8 s
Top gear time 1:26.90

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 9.56 lb/hp
Maximum hp 400 HP @ 6,600 RPM
Maximum torque 350 ft-lb @ 5,200 RPM
Max RPM 6,800 RPM
Weight distribution 54%/46%
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 5,000 cc
Cylinders V8
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 11.8:1
Bore/stroke 3.7 in / 3.52 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,825 lb
Width 71.5 in
Height 5,537 in
Length 183.5 in
Front track width 61.4 in
Wheelbase 107.5 in
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