The V-8 powered, M3-hunting Lexus is finally here.
Is the rest of this car going to be as outrageous as the tail end of the exhaust pipe? We hope so.
After months-years-of speculation, Lexus has officially announced that it will indeed launch a performance division dubbed, simply, “F” (for fast?). The first model, predictably, will be based off their smallest sedan, the IS. Early guesses were that a high-powered V-8 would live under the hood, but in recent weeks there have been rumors of a hybrid powertrain. Lexus put the kibosh on that, announcing that the car will indeed be V-8 powered when it goes to into battle against the Audi S4, the Cadillac CTS-V, and the upcoming BMW M3. So far we’ve seen only this teaser image, and if the outrageous offset, stacked exhaust tips hint at the rest of the car, it should be pretty mean. But will it be enough for Lexus to finally be taken seriously in among enthusiasts?
Along with the IS-F, look for Lexus to show off another exotic coupe in the vein of the LF-A concept from two years back. This time, maybe they’ll actually build the thing.