With the IS, Lexus has managed to produce the sportiest-looking car in its class. The F Sport package only comes to make the most out of the model's styling.
They did this one by the book, starting with a change in proportions. The Lexus IS grew 3.2 inches (80 mm) in length, but out of these, 2.8 inches (70 mm) went to the wheelbase and just 0.4 inches (10 mm) to the front overhang. In addition, the vehicle is now 10 mm wider.
Our test car was dressed in White Nova, one of the two exclusive F Sport colors. Lexus and Toyota's Hybrids have always had this thing for pearlescent white, but this hue looks even better than what we've seen in the past - seems like the Lexus LFA inspiration wasn't just marketing bla-bla.
While both Audi and BMW seem to have diluted their daytime running light fascination, the IS manages to bring a strong new approach to this, placing the dedicated LED units below the headlights.
Looking even lower, we find the F Sport front apron, with the Lexus Spindle Grille now featuring a chrome trim. The wider air intakes provide superior cooling for both the engine and the front brakes, while the bottom corners feature LED fog lights.
Ticking the F Sport box also means gifting the car with a set of rims that offer a Y-spoke design, a concave profile and a dark metallic finish. While these once again remind of the Lexus LFA, they also seem to follow the current trends in the custom wheel world.
The side skirts and rear apron couldn't be bothered to change themselves for the F Sport trim. Then again, there was no need for transformation. That's because there's a line that unites the two aforementioned elements, as well as the tail lamps, with this creating all the drama you want.
And while the rear lights try to stand out though this, the rest of the rear end has an understated sporty appeal.
In fact, the Lexus IS F Sport is an interesting combination between the company's dress code and a sporty stance that seems to be designed to keep anyone from ever wishing to turn to a tuner.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
Gentlemen, let us solve this matter in a simple manner. One doesn’t need to compare what we have here with the Germans. That’s because nobleness is the single most important part of an automobile and therefore the competition can be reduced to duel between James Atkinson and Rudolph Christian Karl Diesel.
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