Lexus Announces Pricing for All-New 2008 IS F

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January 11, 2008 – Torrance, CA – Lexus today announced the Manufacturer’s
Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the all-new 2008 IS F high-performance sport
sedan. The IS F is the first production model to wear the new “F”
badge and is the fastest Lexus production car ever built. The 2008 IS F launches
onto the market carrying a base MSRP of $56,000.

The 2008 Lexus IS F is exclusively powered by a performance-tuned 5.0-liter V8
engine producing 416 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 371 lb.-ft. of peak torque at
5,200 rpm. With the implementation of a dual air intake system, high-flow cylinder
heads with titanium intake valves designed by Yamaha, Variable Valve Timing with
intelligence and Electrically controlled intake cam (VVT-iE) and other technological
advancements, the engine outputs 83.2 hp per liter allowing the IS F to accelerate
from 0 to 60 in a blistering 4.6 seconds and achieve a maximum track speed of
170 mph.

The IS F 5.0-liter engine is mated to the world’s first eight-speed Sport Direct-Shift
automatic transmission with a quick and direct special lock up clutch and a control
system that enables ultra-quick manual upshifts (0.1 seconds) and blips the throttle
for precision downshifts. The driver can shift manually using either the console
shifter or steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters when driving in either Drive
mode (D) or Manual mode (M). The new transmission blends the performance characteristics
of an automated manual-type transmission with the smoothness and refinement of
a planetary-type automatic transmission, allowing the driver to choose between
ultra-quick manual shifts for spirited performance driving and smooth automatic
shifts when convenience and comfort are the top priorities.

Tested and tuned on some of the world’s most challenging racetracks including
Nurburgring Nordschleife and Fuji Speedway, the IS F has been designed for ultimate
performance. Although using the basic double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link
rear suspension configurations of the standard IS platform, the IS F benefits
from a multitude of track-proven modifications that include increased spring and
damper rates as well as larger-diameter stabilizer bars. The IS F also sits an
inch lower and features suspension bushings and a calibrated Electric Power Steering
(EPS) system tuned for a more direct feel.

In addition to the finely tuned suspension, a specially calibrated version
of the advanced Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system is equipped
to provide superior handling dynamics and traction control. The IS F is also
outfitted with a heavy-duty Brembo® brake system designed to the specifications
of the Lexus engineering team. The 14.2-inch ventilated, drilled front rotors
are gripped by rigid, powerful six-piston aluminum calipers, while the 13.6-inch
ventilated, drilled rear rotors use two-piston calipers.

With new and distinctive high-performance design features, the IS F is set
apart from standard Lexus models. The IS F exterior styling has a muscular stance
with front fascia, hood, fenders, underbody and rear spoiler all shaped to optimize
airflow management and give the IS F a signature look. Unique “F”
badges composed of silver, blue and black are located on both front fenders
followed by a third badge on the trunk lid. Four exhaust diffusers, stacked
two per side in a vertical arrangement, are integrated into the rear bumper
and leave a lasting sporty impression. The IS F continues to differentiate itself
from its siblings with its 19-inch forged-alloy wheels produced by BBS®
that feature a distinct dark-gray finish.

Standard amenities include heated, leather-trimmed 10-way power front sport
seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a pollen filter and smog detector;
power moonroof with one-touch open/close and seven open-position settings; power
tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel; three-position memory function for front
seats, steering wheel and mirrors; all power windows with automatic up/down
operation with jam protection; an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with HomeLink®
programmable garage door opener, SmartAccess keyless entry and push-button start,
Lexus Premium Audio System with six-disc in-dash CD changer, automated rain-sensing
wipers and heated auto-dimming outside mirrors with integrated puddle lamps.
Options include a DVD Navigational System with backup camera, 14-speaker Mark
Levinson® Surround Sound Audio System, Intuitive Park Assist, Pre-Collision
System, and headlamp washers.

MSRP does not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $765.


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