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SPIED: Topless Lexus IS-F

2012-07-18 11:10

IS-F TO TAKE ON THE GERMANS: Japanese automaker Lexus is ramping up production of its IS-F cabriolet, but will the new model be able take on the BMW M3 convertible and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.

Lexus is pushing the envelope with its IS-F, which has evolved from a sedan to rival the BMW M3 to a cabriolet to rival the M3 convertible.

The IS-F isn’t exactly a huge commercial hit in 2012 but reviews have been positive. It’s become known as the only Lexus “built from passion” and should deliver a more engaging driving experience once you get the top down.


The new IS-F cabriolet has been spotted undergoing testing at the Nürburgring track in Germany. Cosmetically, there are no big surprises other than a huge wing on the boot. The exhaust has also been tweaked as the quad tips are circular, not oval. Not exactly radical in terms of changes.

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Power will be derived from the IS-F sedan’s five-litre V8 which will be mated to eight-speed auto.


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