Lexus, Japan’s leading premium brand, is planning to launch various models this year. In particular, there is news of a new car related to the high-performance sub-brand Lexus F. Motor1, an automobile specialist, predicts that Lexus will release a total of three F models this year.
The first of them is the IS F. The IS is a model in charge of the D segment in the Lexus lineup, and is the brand’s representative sports sedan. Lexus already unveiled the second facelift of the 3rd generation IS in June last year, showing a big change close to full change.
The new IS is a model incorporating Lexus’ advanced engineering technology and lightweight technology. The rigidity of various parts of the vehicle has been strengthened, and the bolts inside the 19-inch wheel have become lighter based on the technology accumulated during the LFA development process.
In addition, Lexus has further improved the vehicle’s weight by using coil springs and A arms, which are 20% and 18% lighter than the previous model, respectively, and a new shock absorber has been applied.
The new IS is equipped with a total of three powertrains. The rear-wheel drive model IS300 is equipped with a 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder engine to deliver up to 241 horsepower and 35.6 kg.m of torque, while the IS300 AWD boasts a maximum of 260 horsepower and 32.6 kg.m of torque through a 3.5-liter V6 engine. I did. The top lineup, the IS350, also had a 3.5 liter V6 engine, but it produced a maximum of 311 horsepower and 38.7 kg.m of torque.
The new IS F, which was delivered by foreign media this time, is expected to exhibit even more powerful performance. Motor1 said the new IS F could have the same 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine as the RC F. It also said it would deliver up to 472 horsepower and 54.6 kg.m of torque.
Other powertrains include BMW’s in-line six-cylinder engine applied to the new Supra, which Toyota recently introduced 18 years after discontinuation in 2002. The 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine installed in the Supra delivers up to 340 horsepower and a torque of 51.0 kg.m. In addition to the Supra, it has also been installed in BMW’s new Z4.
It is not exactly confirmed, but if a new IS F is released, a new model will appear in about 7 years after the second generation IS F discontinued in 2014. The second generation IS F debuted at the 2007 Detroit Motor Show and was the first Lexus model to bear the F designation.
With a naturally aspirated 5.0 liter V8 gasoline engine, this model delivered up to 430 horsepower and 51.5 kgm of torque, with a decent zero back of 4.6 seconds. At the time, it was evaluated as a vehicle that harmonized the durability, quietness, and powerful performance of Lexus and enjoyed great popularity.
Since then, Lexus has continued its high-performance lineup by releasing the RC F rather than the new IS F. Made at the Aichi plant that produced the LFA, the RC F was equipped with the same naturally aspirated 5.0 liter V8 gasoline engine as the second-generation IS F, delivering up to 479 horsepower and 54.6 kg.m of torque.
In addition to the powerful engine performance, a dedicated suspension was installed inside the RC F, and Lexus’s first triple-beam LED light was applied to the headlights. In this way, Lexus has filled the gap in the IS F with the RC F, but is expected to further expand its lineup of high-performance models by releasing the new third-generation IS F.
In addition to the new IS F, Motor1 announced that the LC F and the flagship LS F will also be released.
The LC is a rear-wheel drive-based sports coupe unveiled by Lexus in 2017, based on the LF-LC unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in 2012. LF-LC gave a fresh shock to many with its unprecedented design at the time of its release, and in 2016 Lexus succeeded in mass production with a design similar to this.
The LC was the first model to apply the new GA-L (Global Architecture-Luxury) platform, and Lexus achieved the vehicle’s weight reduction by utilizing carbon fiber and aluminum, while at the same time installing an LC-specific multilink suspension to provide optimal driving performance.
LC’s powertrain is divided into gasoline and hybrid. The gasoline model delivers up to 477 horsepower and 53.7kg.m of torque through the 5.0-liter V8 engine, and the hybrid model delivers 359 horsepower and 66.0 combined through the 3.5-liter V6 engine and hybrid system. The torque of kg.m was exerted.
In this way, the LC is still showing good performance, but Motor1 said the new LC F will show even more powerful performance with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine, which is expected to deliver up to 660 horsepower and 66.2 kg.m of torque. .
Along with the powertrain, design changes are also expected. The front air curtain of the LC F driving test model is expected to be larger, and the muffler is also newly arranged vertically.
Additionally, foreign media explained that the same engine will be installed on the LS F as well. Lexus has already suggested the launch of a high-performance version of the LS in 2017, and a Japanese magazine released a picture that is presumed to be the LS F, scamming many fans’ questions.
In this photo, the LS F was equipped with a radically shaped air curtain and a side air blower that was never seen before, giving off a sporty impression peculiar to a high-performance model.
Motor1 cited the explanation of the Japanese magazine Best Car Web, and announced that the current Lexus plans to release three high-performance models around November this year. I will conclude today with anticipation of seeing Lexus’ new F lineup. Thank you.