The outrageous 2008 Lexus IS-F performance sedan has just received its first personalization program from the famous Japanese tuning specialist Wald International. Known for their passion for all things that have four wheels and are sold at a premium, the Japanese tuner just couldn’t ignore the super-sedan that almost trashes its European (i.e. German) competitors when it comes to raw ferocity and aggression.
As I understand, Wald’s engineers limited their exploits to the vehicle’s appearance, since there are no notable modifications to the IS-F’s engine, suspension or brakes.
The car comes equipped with new front and rear aprons with huge additional air vents on the sides, new rear wing, new front fascia with additional lower spoiler and a rear diffuser.
Although the body kit looks rather bleak (well, perhaps bleak is not the right word here for it rather looks crude with all those air vents and curves and plains that don’t appear particularly organic or well thought-over to yours truly) for an appearance package, it will certainly serve its main purpose — to enhance the IS-F’s aerodynamics and to let it better stick to the road at higher speeds.
Competing against the new Audi RS 4, Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG, BMW M3 and the Cadillac CTS, the new Japanese sports car comes powered by a huge 5.0L 416 hp / /371 lb.-ft V8 engine, which is mated to an ultra-fast 8-speed automatic gearbox.
With so many screaming horses under its bulging hood, the sports sedan takes only 4.6 seconds to accelerate from zero to 60 mph and returns a notable fuel economy of 13.1 l/100km in the city and 8.5 l/100km on the highway (of course, only if you obey to the official speed limits of 90km/h or 55mph, I suppose.)
Photos: Wald International