My Day at Road Atlanta.

As you may know. Last year I won the Jalopnik and Blipshift T-Shirt contest thanks to my "Smoking Permitted" design and the grand prize was a one day, High Performance, Skip Barber Racing School. I Registered for the course at Road Atlanta on March 18th, and hit the road! » 3/23/14 4:45pm 3/23/14 4:45pm

Abandoned Show Cars In Junkyard Are An Unexpected Sight

It's hard to imagine one of the shiny show cars that pack the floors of the annual SEMA show sitting partially stripped in a junkyard, but as these revealing pictures illustrate that is exactly where some of them end up. » 5/26/12 3:00pm 5/26/12 3:00pm

Lexus IS F Driver Only Needs Ten Feet To Crash

While showing off at a demonstration at this year's Tokyo Auto Salon, this IS F race car made it clear why you treat a car like this with some respect. The driver hardly touched the gas pedal and he blasted right into a row of stubby concrete bollards. » 1/23/12 2:00pm 1/23/12 2:00pm

Over-Funded UK Police Department Buys Lexus IS-F

When an American police department gets some Homeland Security money they usually buy a tank, a bunch of rocket launchers or a jet ski. Not in the UK. Cops there buy $88,000 Lexus IS-Fs. » 7/27/09 12:00pm 7/27/09 12:00pm

Lexus IS-F Convertible In The Works?

It's not a stretch to believe, but Lexus insiders have confirmed to Car und Driver the development of a Lexus IS-F convertible to follow on the heels of the recently launched 2010 Lexus IS-C. » 7/09/09 4:30pm 7/09/09 4:30pm

New Lotus Esprit To Feature 500 HP Lexus LF-A 4.8-Liter V10

When the next-gen Lotus Esprit arrives in 2012, it'll receive some pretty epic power options according to EVO, including the yet-to-be-released 500 HP, high-revving V10 out of the vaporware upcoming Lexus LF-A. » 6/08/09 2:30pm 6/08/09 2:30pm

Fox Marketing Prepping Twin-Turbo IS Convertible

The tuners at Fox Marketing, fresh on the heels of their twin-turbo IS-F, have returned to the RWD Lexus sedan for a convertible coupe version. Better still? The "Ecto Cooler" green color. » 5/11/09 10:30am 5/11/09 10:30am

Twin-Turbo Lexus IS-F: A Proper Jet Car Substitute

Don't think you can convince the owner of the Gilda Ghia to sell his jet car to you? A twin-turbo IS-F tuned by Fox Marketing and Artisan Performance almost sounds the part. » 5/04/09 10:00am 5/04/09 10:00am

Top Gear Pits BMW M3 Vs. Lexus IS-F, We Translate Stig's Morse Code

If you had a chance to see last night's episode of Top Gear you'd have seen the four-door BMW M3 take to the track against the Lexus IS-F. You'd also see Stig take the IS-F for a power lap, again while listening to the sounds of Morse code. The inability to understand what Stiggie was saying / hearing due to all those… » 12/01/08 8:40pm 12/01/08 8:40pm

Lexus Tuner Sextet Heading To SEMA

Lexus is bringing a fleet of vehicles to the SEMA » 10/29/08 2:20pm 10/29/08 2:20pm show next week, including an as close to an F as possible without being a . Just in case you prefer the IS F, the company handed four of them over to various tuners and magazines, including one to our friends at , to do up for the Vegas extravaganza. In addition to…

Jalopnik Visits Hennesey Performance: Track Addicts, The Corvette ZR1…

With the demise of the Viper looming, Hennessey Performance is setting itself up to continue providing tuning services well into the future. Surprisingly, Hennessey will be working on the 2009 Corvette ZR1, a car that the company acknowledged as the Viper's enemy. They're also working on offering a kit for the Lexus… » 7/10/08 5:20pm 7/10/08 5:20pm

Lexus Developing IS-F Racer for Super GT?

The surface for driving that is always circuitous has some tantalizing racing news for fans of Japans Super GT racing series. It seems the Lexus IS-F Racing concept that showed up at the recent Tokyo Auto Salon was a harbinger of things to come. Lexus is reportedly working on a mid-engined race car based on the IS… » 1/17/08 3:30pm 1/17/08 3:30pm

Team Lexus Entering ALMS GT2 With Lexus IS 350 GT2

Hoping to put the Man back in the American LeMans series, Lexus released pictures of their new Panoz-fighting Lexus 350 GT2. Powered by a V6 that should generate more than 470 horsepower, the new Lexus hopes to compete with the likes of the M3, Viper Competition Coupe, Ferrari F430 GT and eventually the upcoming Aston… » 1/08/08 10:15am 1/08/08 10:15am

The Importance of Underhood Styling: Audi RS-4 or Lexus IS-F?

I have a fair number of friends who work in design-related fields- architecture, industrial design, graphic design, that sort of thing. Each seems to feel real physical pain when some controllable element of their surroundings does not glow with an aura of quality design. Furniture, clothing, appliances, and so on-… » 12/11/07 1:30pm 12/11/07 1:30pm

Lexus IS-F, Part 4

Why You Should Buy This Car:
Lightning-fast acceleration, massive globs of handling and most likely the finest brakes we've ever stomped. World-class performance from an unlikely source, and that equals stealth. The eight-speed transmission means even with performance on par with the competition, you 'll get better… » 11/08/07 11:45am 11/08/07 11:45am

Lexus IS-F, Part 3

Exterior Design: ***
Among the people to whom I showed the IS-F, reaction was mixed. Some absolutely loved it. Others, not so much. I'm right in the middle. Not counting the fab-looking wheels there are three major differences between the steroidal F model and a regular IS. 1) Front end. The brake-cooling inlets both… » 11/07/07 11:00am 11/07/07 11:00am

Lexus IS-F, Part 2

The night following our first day with the Lexus IS-F, after our own Wes Siler managed to procure two trashcans full of beer, a bunch of us auto-journo types sat around telling war stories involving crochet mallets (don't ask). After we'd laughed most of the oxygen out of the room, I asked the question, "So, what do… » 11/06/07 12:30pm 11/06/07 12:30pm

Lexus IS-F Engine: Topless and Naked

I mentioned in today's Part 1 of the IS-F review that if you remove the engine cover you're, "Looking at Darth Vader's chest plate, an expansive jumble of wires, black boxes and even more wires." Well, I wasn't kidding. More after the jump.
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Lexus IS-F, Part 1

Remember back 20 years when Mercedes and BMW scoffed at the idea of a Japanese luxury competitor? They weren't alone; basically everyone did. Well, we guarantee those companies are doing anything but scoffing now. This time around, with Lexus going after the Germans' most profitable niche - hottie factory tuners -… » 11/05/07 12:00pm 11/05/07 12:00pm

Lexus IS F for the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book

If it's October, it must be time to see what automotive finery will grace the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. This year ladies who lunch in West Palm, Dallas and Orange County had better hang on to their cocktail bags — it's the IS F Special Build Sedan. Neiman's $68,000 Lexus "fast" comes with an interior design of… » 10/03/07 7:13am 10/03/07 7:13am