Lexus Chief Engineer: BMW M3 provided benchmark for Lexus IS-F

The Lexus IS-F will be making its debut around the world early next year to take on rivals BMW M3, Audi RS4 and Mercedes C63 AMG. Powered by a 5.0 liter V8 engine, the rear-wheel-drive Lexus IS-F produces 417 horsepower and 371 lb-ft of torque. But what provided the benchmark for this superfast Lexus?

According to Yukihiko Yaguchi, chief engineer for the Lexus IS-F: Since we were coming after the M3, there were numerical targets we had to hit, but those were not my target. There were some critical 0-60 targets, but most important was that it be fun to drive.”

Yaguchi says that while the M3 is fun to someone who is looking for performance driving, the car may not be appealing to everyone.

“We wanted the IS-F to be fun to drive for everyone. We wanted all the people who love cars and enjoy driving to have the same experience. The skill level shouldn”t matter, whether you are a novice or a racer.

Umm yeah, isn’t that what the Lexus IS-350 is for? A novice or a racer looking for some fun. We’re still big fans of the M3, but would definitely give the IS-F a chance to prove itself when it hits markets next year.

Lexus is also planning a GS-F for the near future to rival the BMW M5. No techincal information has been released as of yet.

 

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