The heavily anticipated 311-kW Lexus IS-F touches down in South Africa.
SA price for V8 Lexus IS-F
Bearing the F nomenclature specific to Lexus performance models, this IS is the result of hours of exhaustive development conducted on Japan's Fuji Speedway.
Based on the IS250 sedan, the IS-F makes substantial changes in its metamorphosis into a proper sports sedan.
It is powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine developing 311kW at 6 600 r/min and a peak torque figure of 505Nm of torque at 5 200 r/min. The powerplant is mated to an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift (SDS) transmission.
Lexus claims this 'box's ability to shift gears in tenth of a second makes it - bar an F1 version - the fastest gear change in the world. Using these rapid shifts to full effect, IS-F will sprint to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds before hitting a top end of 270 km/h.
IS-Fs destined for South Africa also gain the benefits of kit added in a recent facelift. Most prominent of these, perhaps, would be the addition of a limited slip differential that should see a marked increase in traction and stability through high-speed corners.
"We are thrilled to be able to offer the IS-F in South Africa with a comprehensive performance specification that includes a limited slip diff, something we have been waiting to secure,” said Kevin Flynn, General Manager of Lexus SA.
“Our South African customers have been very patient waiting on the arrival of this car. But their wait has been worthwhile because we can offer them the very best IS-F possible, one that features all the upgrades recently announced for the 2010 model year car," Flynn continued.
South Africans willing to part with R776 900 will enjoy the privilege of housing an IS-F in their garages.
The car is covered by Lexus' four year/100 000km maintenance plan and manufacturer warranty.