Inside, you get the same impression - although the large, silver, carbon-fibre-effect surround to the gearshift and most of the high, central tunnel, is a little overstated.
Inside, you get the same impression - although the large, silver, carbon-fibre-effect surround to the gearshift and most of the high, central tunnel, is a little overstated. But, if that is your only complaint - and it will be - then it's not much to be bothered about. Besides, its effect is subdued by the metallic-effect, centre console and the whole forms the cabin's focal point. The rest is a mix of perforated and smooth black leather in typical Lexus style.
As befits a performance car, the front seats of the Lexus IS-F have larger bolsters compared to the rest of the range. Both have 8-way, powered adjustment, including lumbar support and memory settings. To compliment this, the steering column also has powered rake and reach-adjustment. It seems as if everything is made as easy as possible so you can just enjoy the drive, beginning with the keyless-entry and start.
Luxurious comfort is assured and even the rear passengers are afforded plenty of support and more than enough legroom, while the drop-down, centre armrest can be pushed up for extra shoulder room.
The general feel and ambiance of the IS-F alone warrants the price tag. But when you factor in all the technology that works away, unseen, the car is nothing less than a bargain and more worthy of a £60-70,000 asking price.
Lexus IS Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Lexus IS-F|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||4.8 Seconds|
|Top Speed||168 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||34 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Years / 60,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 09/12/08)||£50,076|