2011 Lexus IS-F Overview
With so much power mixed with ample portions of luxury and high-tech gadgetry, the rocket-like 2011 Lexus IS-F defies logic and gravity at every turn.
Blistering performance is provided by the IS-F's 416-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8. A dual-intake system works with variable valve timing to generate optimal engine performance at all speeds. Power is sent through an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters to a Torsen® limited slip rear differential and on to the rear wheels which put down a massive 371 pounds-feet of torque. The IS-F achieves fuel economy ratings of 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The 2011 IS-F scoots from zero to 60 in 4.6 seconds and competes with other performance cars like the BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.
The interior of the 2011 Lexus IS-F features standard leather-appointed 10-way power adjustable front seats and a power moonroof. A 13-speaker sound system with six-CD in-dash changer comprises the excellent Lexus premium audio system, also standard. For audiophiles, there is an available Mark Levinson surround sound system with 14 speakers and ten amplifier channels. The list of options features a DVD-based navigation system with touch-screen and conversational voice commands. A two-tone color theme and tasteful applications of the “F” badging decorate the interior, while a new gauge cluster, silver trim on the steering wheel, and orange/black leather upholstery with contrast stitching are new for 2011.
Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management is the mastermind of all dynamic safety systems, and includes Vehicle Stability Control, antilock brakes, brake-force distribution, and brake assist. VDIM utilizes this vast suite of tools to help the driver maintain control when at all possible, so as to drastically reduce the possibility of accidents. The VDIM system in the IS-F is calibrated to deliver a more exhilarating driving experience; drivers can choose between Normal, Sport, and Snow driving modes when they want to cruise, speed, or tiptoe down the pavement.
The available Pre-Collision System includes Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which maintains a pre-set following distance behind the vehicle ahead and readies the seatbelts and brakes for impact when necessary. To prevent accidental acceleration when both the brake and gas pedals are pressed at the same time, a brake override system is now standard. The available Lexus Enform™ system with Safety Connect™ provides useful satellite communications in the event of a vehicle impact or theft. A full set of airbags, including front-side, front knee, and two-row head airbags, as well as LED daytime running lights are standard.
If you're looking for a Lexus quality interior in a package that moves like a track car, then you’ll love the 2011 Lexus IS-F performance sedan.