Powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine, the new 2008 Lexus IS-F sports sedan clearly has the legendary BMW M5 and Audi S6 high-performance vehicles in its somewhat awkward crosshairs. Although the aero-kit that the new car is equipped with looks somewhat aftermarket (to put it mildly), the new vehicle still has something to impress you with in the power-to-weight department.
Its 5.0-liter V8 produces about 400bhp of power and 368 lb-ft (500 Nm) of peak torque. That’s enough to accelerate the 2008 Lexus IS-F from zero to 60 mph in only 4.9 seconds and achieve a top speed on 168 mph.
The engine is mated to Lexus’ latest eight-speed manumatic transmission with paddle shifts, so expect a decent mileage and more dynamic acceleration.
The company says that it takes the gearbox some 100 milliseconds to upshift. Not bad but it is still miles behind the DSG gearbox, which takes only about 8 milliseconds to switch to a higher gear.
There’s still no info on the vehicle’s expected price and a list of standard and optional equipment.