Torque News: RC F Coupe Means the End of the Road for the IS F
While he states--and the community here at ClubLexus proves--that the IS F has a loyal following, the most compelling point he makes is the reported low sales number for the sexy 416hp sports sedan. Check out this paragraph:
Currently Lexus tells Torque News that the percentage of IS F models being sold as about 0.2%. Apply that to year to date sales for the IS line and the result is about 50 cars. Annualize that and the result is 100 cars. Not bad for a halo car, but Lexus will not need this car to serve that purpose when the RC F becomes available in the coming months. A dealer once told me that the unofficial nickname among Lexus salespeople is "In Stock Forever," a take-off on its initials.
Those numbers make the position of the IS F sound dire indeed. After all, low sales have killed many an enthusiast favorite. But what about the folks that want something that's a hoot to drive and has four doors. I don't think it's too far outside the range of possibility to think that maybe the RC F will draw in some buyers who will flirt with the sportier younger sibling, but commit to a four door out of practicality? But maybe I'm nuts.