Lexus High Performance – Brought to You by the Letter “F”

Lexus F Logo

Sometime in 2007, Lexus will launch it’s recently revealed “F” high-performance line. The series is said to compete with the Mercedes AMG line and BMW’s M Series cars. The first model in line to be transformed is the IS-F, wielding 425 horsepower from a 5.0 liter V8. Previously called the IS500 (pictured below,) the car will be featured at the Detroit Auto Show in January, and will go on sale December of 2007.

Lexus IS500, IS-F

No transmission has been even hinted at, and one would assume that they would keep their current (and controversial) paddle-shifting setup. However, with a more performance oriented line, it would be nice to offer an optional 6-speed manual tranny.

Lexus also filed a trademark for the logo above (which needs to be worked on,) resembling the current Lexus “L” emblem, but looking, um…faster, I guess. Some models to follow the IS-F include the GS-F, and an IS-F coupe, which happens to get me rather excited. I’m sure we will see more models to follow; perhaps an SC-F? Please?

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Hi! I founded in May of 2006. I'm an avid sports car and supercar enthusiast. My favorite cars include the Audi R8, Lamborghini Diablo 6.0 VT, and Koenigsegg CCX. I think the Ferrari 360 Spider is still one of the most beautiful cars in existence. For “normal” cars, I tend to lean towards imports - Nissan, Audi, and of course the Italians. I'm in love with my Pearl Yellow (don't judge) 1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo and plan to get around 550 HP to the rear wheels one day. I'm also a world traveler and have been backpacking Europe since March 2012, writing about cars along the way
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    I am surprised no one has commented on this..