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RS4 rival: Lexus flexes muscle

2007-01-09 07:49

Hot Lexus IS-F concept kick out about 300kW

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Lexus
Model IS-F Concept
Engine 5-litre V10
Power 300kW (estimated)
Torque 475Nm (estimated)
Transmission 8-speed Auto
Top Speed 250km/h
Lexus unveiled a high-performance sport sedan, the IS-F, at the Detroit Motor Show. It is due to rival hot wheels such as the Audi RS4.

The IS-F is still in concept guise but apparently the production model won't be much different.

According to Lexus the IS-F is powered by a 5-litre V8 engine, which kicks out about 300kW. The estimated torque figure is about 475Nm.

Its engine is mated to the world's first eight-speed direct sport-shift transmission.

Lexus says that the IS-F will go from 0-100km/h in less than five seconds.

The IS-F is based on the proven rear-wheel-drive Lexus IS, which is equipped with a double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension.

The "F" designation was first conceived nearly 20 years ago with a project internally coded "Circle-F," with the "F" standing for "flagship."

This was the original code for what became the Lexus Division. The Circle-F designation further evolved into the code name Flagship One, or F1.

Much of the development of the IS-F took place at Fuji Speedway and the Higashi-Fuji Technical Centre in Japan.


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