lb-ft @ 5200 rpm
hp @ 6600 rpm
hp per liter
(from Lexus Press
Release) Lexus IS F High-Performance Sedan Enhanced for 2010
-- Torsen® Limited
Slip Differential, iPod®/USB Connectivity, Streaming Audio New
-- World's First Eight-Speed Sport Direct-Shift Automatic
-- New 19-Inch Wheel Design
The Lexus IS F
high-performance sedan is the first production model to wear the
brand's "F" marque. First launched in 2008, the 2010 model features
several technology options and new standard equipment. Torsen®
limited slip differential, a new 19-inch wheel design and foldable
rear headrests are standard on the high-performance sedan.
To further enhance the driving experience, iPod®/USB connectivity,
streaming audio via Bluetooth® and an integrated XM® satellite radio
receiver (complimentary 90-day trial subscription) are added to the
standard Lexus Premium Sound System. The optional Lexus Navigation
system has been updated with Voice Command casual-language voice
recognition and Bluetooth® phonebook download capability. The
navigation system also comes XM® NavTraffic/Weather/Sports/Stocks
ready and includes a complimentary 90-day trial subscription.
Finally, two all-new telematics products are available with a
complimentary one-year trial subscription. Lexus Enform™, which
automatically comes with Safety Connect, is only available with
navigation-equipped vehicles. Safety Connect™ is standard.
The Lexus IS F is
exclusively powered by a performance-tuned 5.0-liter V8 engine
teamed to an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift transmission. The IS F
engine produces 416 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 371 lb.-ft. of peak
torque at 5,200 rpm. The engine's high specific output (83.2
hp/liter) and high operating range (6,800 RPM redline) reflect the
thorough attention to detail underlying the core engineering. The
resulting performance character, while quite responsive in low-speed
situations, provides a rush of power at higher engine speeds.
The forged crankshaft features journals polished to a mirror finish
to minimize the friction generated between the connecting rods and
the crankshaft. Forged sintered iron alloy connecting rods ensure
high-rpm durability. High-flow cylinder heads designed by Yamaha
have a lightweight valvetrain, including forged cam lobes on hollow,
chain-driven camshafts, with the inside of the shafts serving as oil
passages. Titanium intake valves are operated by roller rocker arms.
Innovative technologies help to maximize efficiency and reduce
emissions, including the SFI D-4 fuel injection (direct-to-cylinder
injection system with secondary port injectors) and the Electronic
Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i). Essentially, SFI
D-4 integrates two types of fuel injection: A direct-type
high-pressure fuel injection system, which provides a cooling effect
in the cylinders and enables the high compression ratio (11.8:1)
employed to extract maximum energy from the fuel; a set of
low-pressure port fuel injectors that help produce a precise burn to
optimize power and efficiency under light- and medium-load
A dual air-intake system uses a primary intake passage for low and
medium engine speeds. In the higher engine speed range (above 3,600
rpm), both the primary and secondary passages are opened, helping
boost high-rpm power.
With the IS F 5.0-liter V8, Lexus made a leap in valve-control
technology with the Variable Valve Timing with intelligence and
Electrically controlled intake cam (VVT-iE). An electric drive motor
alters the intake camshaft phasing, which made it possible to expand
VVT operational range to lower engine speeds, where engine oil
pressure is usually not high enough to operate conventional VVT. The
exhaust camshaft uses hydraulically controlled variable valve
A scavenge pump forces oil from the cylinder heads back to the oil
pan, ensuring a reliable oil supply even during cornering that
exceeds one g. The low-restriction dual-exhaust system terminates in
distinctive stacked quad diffusers.
The world's first eight-speed Sport Direct-Shift automatic
transmission combines the performance characteristics of an
automated manual-type transmission with the smoothness and
refinement of a planetary-type automatic transmission. As a result,
the driver can choose between ultra-quick manual shifts for
performance driving and smooth automatic shifts when convenience is
the top priority.
Eight speeds allow gear ratios that maximize torque up to the
tire-grip limitations in the lower ranges while optimizing
efficiency. Intuitive powertrain control optimally smoothes out
off-the-line response. Artificial Intelligence-SHIFT (AI-SHIFT)
complements the driver's Sport switch selection by automatically
adapting the shifting based on road conditions and driver input. The
IS F transmission is also highly responsive to uphill/downhill
driving, always selecting the best gear for power or engine braking.
The driver can shift manually using either the console shift or
steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. New hydraulic-control
technology allows the IS F’s eight-speed Sport Direct Shift
transmission to perform on par with manual transmissions without
sacrificing the smoothness of a torque-converter automatic.
Paddle-shifting operation is allowed in either D or M modes, but
shifts are quicker and more direct in M mode. In M mode, the
transmission will hold each gear to the 6,800-RPM redline, and
upshifts are executed in just one-tenth of a second. At higher
engine speeds, downshifts are accompanied by automated and precise
throttle blips to match engine rpm to vehicle speed.
The Lexus IS F is based
on the robust IS platform, which was engineered from the start to
allow a high dynamic envelope. The stiff body structure and the rear
subframe are connected through several reinforcements. Much of the
IS F development took place at racetracks around the world,
including Germany's legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife, Circuit Paul
Ricard in France, Japan's Fuji Speedway and the Higashi-Fuji
Technical Center in Japan. Fuji Speedway is the IS F's home circuit,
and the shape of its turn one inspired the F-logo design.
Although using the basic double-wishbone front suspension and
multi-link rear suspension configurations of the IS platform, the IS
F features a multitude of track-proven modifications. The IS F sits
an inch lower on its suspension than the standard IS models, which
lowers the center of gravity and helps provide a quicker handling
Spring and damper rates are increased, and larger-diameter
stabilizer bars are used. The rear-suspension control arms are
specific to the IS F to optimize geometry for the 19-inch wheels. In
addition, the monotube shock absorbers use a larger-diameter piston
rod. As on other IS models, the sophisticated shock-absorber design
utilizes multi-leaf linear control valves to help improve damping
force, and rebound springs offer improved body control without
degrading ride comfort.
Subframe suspension mounts are stiffer than on other IS models to
help reduce sway and ensure control under acceleration and braking.
The engine mounts are also stiffer for a more direct feel. Special
jounce stoppers on both the front and rear suspension come into play
early in the compression stroke to help reduce the sway angle when
cornering and to reduce dive when braking. The Electric Power
Steering (EPS) system has been remapped for improved steering
response and feel while providing precise control and excellent
The front wheels are 19 x 8J, with 225/40R19 tires and 19 x 9J in
the rear, with 255/35R19 tires. Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 and
Bridgestone Potenza tires were each developed specifically for the
170-mph track capability of the Lexus IS F. High-rigidity hub unit
bearings are engineered for rigorous, high g-force track driving.
The direct-type tire pressure monitoring system allows two sets of
tires to be registered, giving the customer the benefit of a system
with a set of track tires or winter tires. The multi-information
display indicates the tire selector switch.
A specially calibrated version of Lexus' innovative Vehicle Dynamics
Integrated Management (VDIM) system helps provide superior handling
dynamics and traction control. Combining input from a variety of
sensors, VDIM is designed to anticipate the onset of a vehicle skid
or slide and help correct the situation with a combination of
braking, steering and throttle control in a way that is essentially
transparent to the driver. VDIM integration provides precise
management for EPS, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), traction
control (TRAC), the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist
(BA), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), and engine torque
(via the electronically controlled throttle).
VDIM also provides an electronically controlled brake-based
limited-slip differential effect on the rear wheels. During
cornering, VDIM suppresses any tendency for the inside wheel to
spin, transmitting more power to the outside wheel to help maintain
traction and momentum. When braking on a mixed-friction surface,
VDIM will direct steering assist in the direction that will help
provide the greatest control.
Using a dashboard switch, the driver can select Normal, Sport or
Snow driving modes. In Sport mode, VDIM allows higher dynamic
thresholds before intervening and alters steering assist to increase
steering feel. Sport mode helps provide excellent optimal vehicle
control on a track in areas where the skills of even top-level
drivers are challenged. The experienced driver can disengage VSC/TRAC
by pressing and holding the TRAC-off button for more than three
seconds. Even with VSC/TRAC disengaged, however, the system still
provides the brake-based limited-slip differential effect and ABS.
For 2010 model year the IS F also has standard Torsen rear
differential which helps provide additional traction in spirited
Brembo® brakes were designed to the specifications of the Lexus
engineering team. The 14.2-inch ventilated, drilled front rotors are
gripped by rigid, powerful six-piston aluminum calipers, while the
13.6-inch ventilated, drilled rear rotors use two-piston calipers.
Front bumper ducts adjacent to the fog lamps stream cooling air to
the brakes. The brakes are finished with the Lexus name displayed on
technology in the IS F begins with a reinforced passenger
compartment that helps protect the occupants with front-and-rear
crush structures. Seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters are
used for all seating positions.
In addition to advanced dual-stage front airbags and front
seat-mounted side airbags, the Lexus Supplemental Restraint System
(SRS) includes side-curtain airbags that extend from A-pillar to
C-pillar, plus knee airbags for the driver and the front passenger.
The available Pre-Collision System (PCS) can help reduce collision
damage. The package includes Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which
uses millimeter-wave radar to measure and maintain a pre-set
distance from a vehicle traveling ahead. PCS relies on the radar
sensor to detect obstacles in front of the car. The PCS computer,
taking sensor inputs from vehicle speed, steering angle and yaw
rate, is designed to determine whether a collision is unavoidable.
In such a situation, PCS preemptively retracts front seat belts and
pre-initializes BA so that increased braking will be applied the
instant the driver depresses the pedal.
The rear back-up camera, included with the available navigation
system, automatically projects an image of what its lens can detect
behind the car onto the navigation screen when the transmission is
in reverse. The available Intuitive Park Assist (IPA) system uses
ultrasonic sensors to detect objects close to the car's front and
rear bumpers, alerting the driver and showing distance to objects in
the multi-information display within the speedometer. When the IS F
is equipped with the navigation system, information on detected
objects is shown in greater detail on the seven-inch touch screen
The IS F interior
features specially shaped and trimmed seats that help hold the
driver comfortably and securely. The standard SmartAccess keyless
entry and push-button start allows the driver to keep the access fob
in a pocket or purse.
Standard amenities include 10-way power front seats; dual-zone
automatic climate control, a pollen filter and smog detector; power
moonroof with one-touch open/close and seven open-position settings;
power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel; three-position memory
function for front seats, steering wheel and mirrors; all power
windows with automatic up/down operation and jam protection; an
auto-dimming rear-view mirror with HomeLink® programmable garage
door opener; automated rain-sensing wipers and heated auto-dimming
outside mirrors with integrated puddle lamps.
The air conditioning system's electrically controlled variable
compressor adjusts output to demand rather than simply cycling on
and off. The system can independently adjust upper and lower
temperatures in response to ambient conditions or sunlight.
UV-reducing, heat-absorbing glass is used throughout the car.
The standard Lexus Premium Audio System features a six-disc, in-dash
CD changer, 13 speakers and an integrated satellite radio receiver.
Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL) maintains consistent sound levels in
response to varying extraneous noise levels. Convenient USB- and
mini-jacks in the center console enables connection of an iPod® or
other portable music players.
Like all Lexus models,
the IS F offers a Mark Levinson® Premium Surround Sound Audio
System. This 14-speaker audio system features discrete 5.1
multi-channel playback with 7.1-channel speaker architecture. Its 10
amplifier channels provide 300 watts total output at less than 0.1
percent total harmonic distortion from 20 to 20,000 Hz (THD all
channels driven). The Mark Levinson system plays conventional CDs
and DVDs, plus MP3/WMA-formatted CDs. DVD movies can be viewed on
the navigation system's color seven-inch touch screen when the
parking brake is engaged.
Based on the IS luxury
sport sedan, the IS F is clearly differentiated when viewed from the
front, rear and in profile. A trapezoid-shaped front bumper fascia,
a theme that is repeated at the rear, sets off the V-shape grille.
The hood’s raised center section makes room for the V8 powerplant,
and the front fenders were widened to envelop the 19-inch
low-profile tires. Total grille area is increased to ensure adequate
cooling for the 5.0-liter V8, and both upper and lower grilles
feature a special wire-mesh pattern. The lower grille is flanked by
large brake cooling ducts adjacent to standard fog lamps. The front
fenders wear a discrete silver, black and blue "F" marque.
The car’s wedge-like profile is accentuated by functional front
fender air outlets with lower edges that transition into larger
rocker panels and continue as a character line into the rear bumper.
The rear view conveys a strong parting signature for the IS F, with
a dramatic trapezoid shape and easily recognizable design elements.
Four vertically stacked exhaust diffusers, two per side, are
integrated into the rear bumper. Above them, light-emitting diode
(LED) stop and tail lamps behind clear lenses give the IS F a unique
The subtle rear spoiler is one of many aerodynamic enhancements,
which also include special underbody panels to optimize airflow.
Contributing to both design and performance, new 19-inch
forged-alloy wheels produced by BBS® feature a distinct dark-gray
finish and an asymmetrical 10-spoke design.
The interior of the IS F
features an exclusive design treatment highlighted by aluminized
composite trim, striking two-tone upholstery, aluminum-rimmed main
gauges, unique steering-wheel treatment and other special surface
treatments. The instrument panel integrates an oil-temperature
gauge, voltmeter and shift-indicator lights, and the "F" logo is
discretely showcased on the steering wheel, rear-center console and
outer seat cushions. A multi-information display located within the
speedometer integrates a trip computer that provides outside
temperature, driving range, average fuel consumption, average fuel
consumption since refueling (per tank), current fuel consumption,
average speed and the F logo. The display also includes an
oil-maintenance reminder and system warnings.
Lexus EnformTM and Safety
The Lexus IS F offers an
all-new telematics system, Lexus Enform™ with Safety Connect™,
available by subscription. Complimentary one-year trial
subscriptions are included on all purchases of new Lexus vehicles
equipped with these features. Both the Lexus Enform and the Safety
Connect response center operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—every
day of the year.
Safety Connect, the cornerstone of the services, is available on
both non-navigation and navigation-equipped IS F and offers four
safety and security features: Automatic Collision Notification,
Stolen Vehicle Location, Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), and
Enhanced Roadside Assistance, which adds GPS data to the already
included warranty-based Lexus roadside service.
Lexus Enform, available only on navigation-equipped vehicles,
includes all of the Safety Connect features and builds upon them
with the premium services of Destination Assist and eDestination.
Destination Assist agents are available via the on-board cellular
equipment and can help drivers find a specific address, a business
by name, or a type of business (e.g., gas station, movie theater,
etc.), and even Zagat®-rated restaurants, and then send the
coordinates to the navigation system for routing. With eDestination,
drivers can go online via LexusDrivers.com to save and sort
destinations in up to 20 folders, each holding as many as 10
destinations. Then drivers can send the locations—up to 200 at a
time—to their vehicle, where they will be available for download
into the navigation system. Online, drivers can create personalized
location names (e.g., “Favorite sushi,” “1 PM Appt,” “Kids’ doc,”
etc.) and even list notes about their saved locations, all helping
them see exactly the information they choose in the vehicle.
Lexus Insider™, a complimentary, opt-in service is also available
without a subscription on all Lexus Enform-equipped vehicles. This
feature offers in-vehicle audio casts that provide owners access to
useful vehicle tips and event information, and insights into
exclusive owners' benefits – all designed to further enhance the
XM – Beyond Radio
Lexus Enform vehicles
are factory ready for subscriptions to a variety of innovative XM
services. An integrated XM® satellite radio receiver is standard.
Additionally, Lexus Enform vehicles feature XM NavTraffic® and XM
NavWeather™ services. XM NavTraffic informs the driver of current
traffic conditions with real-time traffic displays. When traffic
problems are detected the navigation system alerts the driver so
that the route can be adjusted. XM NavWeather provides near
real-time weather conditions as well as spoken and nav-screen
forecasts, both based on official National Weather Service data.
Lexus Enform also provides the platform for XM® Sports and Stocks,
which features in-vehicle updates on sports and stocks so drivers
can stay connected to their favorite teams and investment data while
on the road. XM Sports provides game results and schedules for up to
five personally selected national league sports teams while XM
Stocks supplies data for up to 10 personally selected stocks. After
inputting their selections, drivers can access the reports either by
the navigation system, or by using the voice command system, adding
a new level of flexibility.
XM services require
separate XM subscriptions. The XM Sports and Stocks service is
included with an XM® radio subscription. All XM services offer
complimentary 90-day trial subscriptions.
All new Lexus vehicles
come with a 48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty with
roadside assistance for 48-months/unlimited miles. Powertrain and
restraint system coverage is provided for 72 months/70,000 miles.
Corrosion perforation protection is covered for 72 months,
regardless of mileage.