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Detroit Auto Show: Lexus IS-F Hits Early

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It's still a couple hours before Lexus's press event to launch the mondo IS-F, and Automobile's gone and posted the shots and info (guess it helps to have a friend signing the checks). But the vitals on the BMW M3 / Audi RS4 challenger are decent — the 5.0-liter V8 will produce more than 400 hp (still no exact number yet) and 350 lb-ft or torque. But the major bit is the eight-speed tranny lifted from the LS460, with paddle shifters. Official zero-to-60 time is listed as under 4.9 seconds, and brakes are 14.2-inch six pots in the front and 13.6 two pots in the rear (though no word on the rumored Brembo-sourced action.) More to come.

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frequentlywong
frequentlywong

Competition is always good, right? Goofy vents aside, this is Lexus' first real move towards stealing sales away from the M3. Granted, it isn't going to win (races or sales) against the BMW, but it at least will put some heat under the German asses. Who knows, this could be the car that causes BMW to make their M3 even more gooder.