Driving enthusiasts know having a stick shift is a must for any kind of car, especially those looking at getting into a sports car. Autoguide has recently published an article” Top 10 Cars That Should Come With A Stick But Don’t” in which the Lexus IS F was ranked in the top 3.
“Very similar to the stunt Mercedes pulled with its AMG-ified C-Class, Lexus dropped a big old V8 in the engine compartment of its petite IS sedan to build a monster. Is there a conspiracy going on here? Perhaps.
In any event the IS Fis a certified performance machine. It’s powered by a 5.0-liter two-by-four putting out 416 ponies and 371 lb-ft of twist. Direct AND port fuel-injection give this powerplant the best of both gasoline-delivery systems: a quiet idle and good cold-start behavior with economical operation and high output.
Matching this technologically advanced engine is an equally sophisticated transmission, a cutting-edgeautotragic. It features eight forward speeds and a torque converter that can lock up between second and eighth gears for a more direct feel. But here’s a thought, for a connected feel how about offering a manual? It doesn’t get more direct than a drivetrain pressure plate clamping a friction disk to a .”