Al-Futtaim Motors, the exclusive distributor for Lexus in the UAE, has announced the launch of Lexus' first high performance sports sedan from the track inspired F marque series, the Lexus IS F.
Exclusively powered by a performance tuned 5 litre V8 engine and teamed to an eight speed sport direct shift transmission, the IS F delivers a dramatic driving experience with a power punch of 417 horsepower at 6,600rpm. With a simple push of the start button, the V8 literally roars into life as the guttural cry from the engine grows in unison with increased acceleration.
Saud Abbasi, General Manager for Lexus, Al-Futtaim Motors, explained: "Not only is the IS F Lexus' first performance vehicle, but it signals the UAE birth of our F range of vehicles designed to bring a new level of performance and emotion to the Lexus range outside of its traditional luxury segment."
The F marque derives its name and design from Japan's Fuji speedway which is home to Lexus' high performance vehicle development and the birthplace of the IS F.
Mr Abbasi continued: "The IS F will excite the senses of all enthusiasts whether they are behind the wheel, passing the car on the street or just hearing the roar of the engine. From the tyres to the gearbox and engine, IS F has been designed to stimulate the senses and deliver a thrilling track style performance."
Based on the IS sports sedan series, the IS F underwent an extensive re-engineering and development program to deliver its unique performance attributes. In addition to the technically advanced 5 litre V8 engine, the IS F features many performance tuned components including a sports adaption of the Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system, Brembo brakes and a specially developed eight speed direct sport shift transmission which allows the IS F to reach 100kmph in just 4.8 seconds. Impressively, the gearbox is able to change gears in 0.1 seconds, a mere 0.05 seconds slower than gear changes in a formula one car.
On the road the IS F is distinguishable from the other IS models by its low stance and deep front spoiler with larger grille and intakes. Wider wheel arches featuring side vents house the 19 inch forged alloy wheels and the bespoke tyres designed in conjunction with Michelin, all combine to promote the car's high performance capabilities. At the rear, the stacked quad tailpipes in deep rear bumper signal the presence of the V8 engine and a spoiler is neatly integrated into the lip of the boot.
The IS F's vivacious attitude in design and performance is carried through to the sporty interior. There is a choice of either, black, black/white or black/orange dual tone semi-aniline leather seats with the F marque logo incorporated throughout the upholstery and on the three spoke steering wheel. Sporting details extend to a sliver carbon fibre effect finish round the gear shift, aluminium pedals and blue LED lit speedometer.
Although inspired by high-performance and developed on the racetrack, IS F does not skimp on technology and equipment. In easy reach from the heavily bolstered seats, owners will notice the convenient controls, like the 'System Start' push button, wheel mounted gear shift paddles, cruise control, audio and phone controls.
All passengers are kept comfortable by the vehicle's dual-zone climate control system and are entertained through the 14 speaker Mark Levinson audio system that has undergone over 1000 hours of specialty tuning to deliver an unsurpassed quality sound in the IS F's cabin.
Its safety credentials begin with the all new chassis package, the most powerful brakes in the Lexus range and new VDIM technology. In addition, the IS F features an eight airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) that includes knee, side and curtain shield airbags.
Mr Abbasi concluded: "Day to day, the IS F can be as quiet and refined as you like, but on the track or open road, the IS F rewards all of the senses. There will be a host of new customers with a deep passion for driving, attracted to the ultimate ownership experience the IS F offers."
The stunning Lexus IS F is available in a choice of six distinct exterior colours complemented by the optional interior tone duality with prices starting from AED 299,000.