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12th December, 2010

- IS F receives upgraded suspension package
- New LFA inspired instrument binnacle with large tacho, and digital speedometer
- Revisions to exterior styling
- New interior and exterior colours adopted
- IS F gains Euro 5-compliance

Lexus has upgraded its IS F performance sedan - adding new performance, technological and design features.

Performance revisions extend to the IS F's suspension, where significant re-tuning work improves ride comfort and high-speed stability under all driving conditions. The front coil spring rate has been revised to reduce the transmission of road surface vibrations, and the shock absorber damping force characteristics have also been revised to combine high performance with enhanced ride comfort. Lexus has also adjusted rear suspension spring and damper rates, along with the camber angle, suspension arm bush and stabiliser bush characteristics. In combination, these changes improve rear stability when cornering, suppress suspension member movement under hard acceleration or deceleration, and further enhance ride comfort.

The new-look, LFA-inspired design of the driver's instrument panel repositions the tachometer, speedometer and shift indicator within the binnacle for instant legibility and maximum clarity during high-speed driving.

The large, centrally positioned tachometer incorporates a rev indicator to help enhance gear shift operation characteristics. The rev indicator illuminates in three steps - at 5,000 rpm, at 5,500 rpm and at 6,200-6,550 rpm, depending on the gear step.

Newly adopted Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) follow Lexus' unique L finesse arrowhead design, lifting the IS F's exterior and bring it into line with the rest of the IS range.

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A new Starlight Black exterior colour, blacked-out headlamp lenses and a new dark-metallic engine cover complement the DRLs.

On board, the IS F also receives new dark carbon-fibre centre-console inserts, and a new orange- and black- leather seating option.

The revised driver's seat offers improved support, while a revised steering wheel enhances grip and feel.

Lexus chief executive Tony Cramb said upgrades to IS F added further weight to Lexus' growing performance credentials.

"Upgrades to IS F coincide with the introduction of the IS 350 and IS 250 F Sport, and lift what is already a truly impressive vehicle," Mr Cramb said.

"The changes to IS F deliver greater compliance during everyday driving - but also greater performance for those times when owners take their Lexus to the track. IS F and our F Sport models will play an increasingly important role in solidifying Lexus' performance credentials," Mr Cramb said.

Lexus IS F is powered by a Euro 5-compliant, 5.0-litre V8 engine generating over 300 kW at 6,600 rpm and 500 Nm of torque at 5,200 rpm. The engine is matched to an 8-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission and is capable of accelerating IS F from 0-100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds.


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