Taking the IS sports saloon as a basis, the IS-F has slightly different distinguishing features. Apart from the somewhat restrained but purposeful stance, the first thing I noticed when it arrived, were the wheels; exclusive, 19-inch forged alloys with ten chunky, sculpted spokes finished in smoked metal. These are made all the more impressive by the broad, low-profile tyres and the way that they fit the muscular wheelarches perfectly.
At the front, the wide, imposing bonnet is raised; almost to the point of becoming bulbous and ugly. Fortunately, it is balanced by the sleek wings that flow from the shoulder line to the headlight clusters, either side of the large upper grille. Below these are deep, trapezoidal, front bumpers that flare upwards and outwards at the sides and form a lip at the base. They also house the front fog-lights on the outer edges of the cooling ducts, which themselves, flank the lower grille.
The large engine needs a lot of cooling. It also takes up a fair bit of room, which is why the IS-F has a longer front overhang and bonnet than the IS 250, on which it based.
This car is all about poise and balance - visual and physical - and so the rear overhang has also been extended. The shoulders continue rearward to form a wedge shape, culminating in a discreet spoiler on the lid of the square-ish, 378-litre boot. The wraparound LED, taillights are quite distinguished but the most impressive features of the rear end are the four oval tailpipes, diagonally stacked, in pairs. Overall, the IS-F declares its intentions and capabilities without resorting to brashness.
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