Despite the very best efforts of Lexus, the IS F stopped working to establish itself as a serious option to the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63.
However, the high-end maker hasn’t quit all hope of shocking the sports sedan market and is planning to build a new ‘F’ performance variation of the next-generation IS.
Even if the Toyota Supra ends up being a frustration, there might be exciting things on the way from Lexus. According to a report from Japan’s website Spyder 7, the next generation of the Lexus IS will supposedly restore the range-topping, performance-focused F model.
Reports from Japanese publications Spyder 7 and Response assert that the next-generation IS will be based upon the modular TNGA (Toyota New Generation Architecture) platform and be somewhat larger than the outgoing model.
2022 Lexus IS F Engine
A selection of various powertrains will presumably be offered with the all-new IS, consisting of a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder draining 318 hp in addition to a tamer 2.5-liter four-cylinder with hybrid support and a combined 183 hp.
When it comes to the range-topping IS F variant, it may ditch the Japanese car producer’s naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 in favor of a 3.5-liter V6 with twin turbochargers and an output of around 420 hp. Such a figure would put the vehicle at approximately the very same level as the existing M3. However, it would still be down on power compared to rivals like the C63 AMG and Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. Likewise, rather of a dual-clutch transmission, it will feature a 10-speed automated.
2022 Lexus IS F Debut
If these reports prove precise, the new IS will premiere in the second half of 2020 and struck the market as a 2021 model, while the new IS F will land approximately 12 months later on.
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