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Is This The 2016 Lexus IS F? (UPDATE: It Probably Isn't)

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This is apparently the first photo of the 2016 Lexus IS F. Which makes sense, because it's hard to mistake it for anything other than a Lexus with a ton of exhaust pipes.

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This photo was posted onto Lexus Spain's Facebook page on Thursday, and picked up by Spanish website Periodismo del Motor. Based on what we learned in January at the Lexus RC F's reveal in Detroit, it's safe to say the IS F will also make "at least 450 horsepower" from its 5.0-liter V8.

But fans of the stacked tailpipes on the old IS F will be disappointed as it's might end up being much more conventional this time around.

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Since we can't see anything but the back of this car, assume it will also have the crazy face and side bulges of the RC F, though perhaps toned down for this (slightly) more practical car.

Expect the new IS F to be shown sometime later this year or early next year, and go on sale in 2015.

Thanks for the tip, Hugo!

Photo via Periodismo del Motor

(UPDATE: A source says this the IS in the photo, taken Thursday at Circuit of Jarama, near Madrid is probably an IS350 with a TRD kit on it – maybe a 25th anniversary special edition Lexus model. However, it's unlikely an IS F.)

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quentorooney
Quentin Willson

Heres a question Ive been wanting to know the answer to for a long while:

Do you American chaps actually like Lexus'? Or is it the ultimate in beige, like its regarded over here? I know it was created for you, so its kind of obvious we dont like them much, (and hence no diesels) but they really are for that mega boring middle management guy with no personality over here.

No offence intended, as I understand what works somewhere else isnt going to be well recieved elsewhere. I am just curious.