Unheard of to the North American market, the strangely-named IS F Sport Efficiency provides a naturally-aspirated foil to the unusual M3
Lexus has an all-unusual great saloon, and it’s left us as at a loss for phrases as we are angry. With 472bhp from a naturally-aspirated V8, it completely songs admire one among the Toyota luxurious division’s popular F devices, but it will get a extra convoluted title. Females and gents, please welcome the Lexus IS 500 F Sport Efficiency.
One rung up the ladder from the extra extensively archaic F Sport tremendous level, the Efficiency designation here stays staunch to its title, providing a 0-60mph time of 4.5 seconds. Honest a microscopic manner off the unusual BMW M3 (the 500 is moderately porky at 1764kg), nonetheless by manner of the soundtrack, it’ll be no competition.
Energy goes to the rear wheels completely via the identical eight-drag ‘Sport Declare Shift’ automatic gearbox archaic for the IS 300 and IS 350 devices. There’s furthermore a Torsen mechanical restricted-streak differential within the mix, which is bundled along with adaptive dampers as fragment of the now not unusual-match Dynamic Handling Kit, an possibility on non-efficiency F Sport devices.
Various upgrades contain a vibration-intriguing ‘rear efficiency damper’ (furthermore seen on the LC500), better brake cooling, and elevated brake discs.
To set at what lies underneath, the bonnet has been given an affect bulge lifting it 50mm better than the IS 350’s at the centre. The front bumper has been tweaked, while at the lend a hand, there’s a peculiar diffuser with the trademark Lexus F diagonally-stacked employ pipes. The ending touch is supplied with a procure 22 situation of 19-lope, 10-spoke Enkei wheels which could be marginally lighter than the 19s suited for the 350.
Whenever you’re reading this in Europe which that you might neatly be pondering this would be an preferrred alternative to your whole downsized great saloon alternate options obtainable. On the least, with the impending loss of life of the V8 Mercedes-AMG C63, you’re having a watch at the remainder compact four-door V8 standing. We’re going to have to disappoint you, despite the truth that – the IS F Sport Efficiency is for the US market handiest.
Pricing hasn’t been confirmed, nonetheless we suspect it’ll be round $60,000.