Used 2010 Lexus IS F Sedan
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Recalibrate your image of Lexus. The 416-horsepower 2010 Lexus IS F, the fastest production Lexus ever, is the first Lexus to wear the brand's F performance badge designed to compete with the BMW M series, Mercedes-AMG and various aftermarket tuners. Coupled to the Lexus IS F's 5.0-liter V8 is an automatic transmission that upshifts in a race-car-like 0.1 second. Lexus says that many IS F buyers will have owned Japanese performance cars such as the Mitsubishi Evo, Subaru WRX STi and Toyota Supra Turbo.
You'll Like This Car If...
You'll love the IS F if you want to know (kind of) what it feels like to drive a race car and you don't mind spending time in traffic court. A better, safer and definitely wiser option: Explore the IS F's lofty limits at a car-club event at a race track.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you enjoy the comfortable, quiet ride of the ES 350 and think it's plenty powerful, the IS F is not for you. On uneven roads, the ride can be harsh, and its 19-inch-diameter super-low-profile tires and wheels may be susceptible to damage from potholes.
What's New for 2010
The IS-F receives an updated optional navigation system with Lexus' Enform Voice Command casual language recognition system and Bluetooth phonebook download. Also new for 2010 is a Torsen limited-slip differential, Safety Connect telematics system and a Premium Sound System with USB interface port, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and music streaming ability.
When we pressed on the 2010 Lexus IS F's throttle, our first impression was that Lexus' claimed horsepower figures were more than a bit conservative. After two upshifts we were shattering the highest speed limit in the U.S. We didn't disarm the IS F's stability control for the curvy sections, but, unlike similar systems, it allowed very aggressive driving before it kicked in. With wider rear tires and 54 percent of its weight on the front wheels, the IS F can lose front grip first if you get into a corner too fast – but by that time you'll be going way too fast for public roads, anyway. On the other hand, that chassis behavior is ideal for overly aggressive street driving or track-day novices. On the whole, the ride comfort is perfectly acceptable on smooth roads, but – understandably, given the car's capabilities – not so terrific over uneven pavement.
The 2010 Lexus IS F's eight-speed automatic allows anyone to shift almost as fast as a professional racer: Lexus says it's the world's fastest-shifting automatic. Upshifts take 0.1 seconds, while downshifts occur in 0.2 seconds and include an automatic throttle blip to match the speeds of the engine, transmission and drive wheels.
In the transmission's manual mode, shifting is accomplished with Formula 1-style steering-wheel-mounted paddles. So that drivers can focus on the road, the car gives a single beep when it's about time to upshift. A double beep means the driver tried to downshift at too high a speed.
Even passengers will notice they're in an IS F: The F symbol is everywhere. There's an F between the speedometer and tachometer, on the headrests, on the steering wheel, on the console, on the side of each seat and several more places. At speed, the IS F leather-trimmed seats provide excellent lateral support.
It's not difficult to distinguish the 2010 Lexus IS F from its IS siblings. First, there's the "F" badging on front fenders and trunk. Next are wider fenders to accommodate wider tires, vents behind the front wheels to reduce aerodynamic lift at high speed and a larger rear spoiler to help keep the rear tires planted to the pavement. Also, the IS F gets its own grille with a wider opening to help cool the V8. To accommodate the larger engine, the hood has a raised center section. Brake cooling ducts are located next to the foglamps. In the rear are quad exhaust outlets.
Notable Standard Equipment
If you build a car capable of 170 miles per hour (and more without its electronic speed limiter), you'd better be able to get it slowed down in a hurry. Lexus had Brembo build extra-large brakes and BBS produce 19-inch wheels to accept them. The front vented and drilled brake discs are 14.2 inches in diameter and surrounded by six-piston aluminum brake calipers. On the rear are two-piston calipers on 13.6-inch rotors.
Notable Optional Equipment
Among the few options available on the 2010 Lexus IS F is a 300-watt sound system with 14 speakers and a six-disc in-dash DVD/CD changer. Those who park their IS F in tight places will want the backup video camera and the sonar-based system that warns of unseen objects. Other options include a DVD-based navigation system and a Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
Under the Hood
For the IS F, Lexus replaces the IS 350's 306-horsepower V6 with an enhanced version of the 4.6-liter V8 used in the LS and GS. To bump horsepower to 416, Lexus engineers added, among other things, electrically (rather than the common hydraulically) controlled variable intake valve timing. This feature is maximized with titanium intake valves, which are lighter and stronger than steel. Also, maximum engine speed was upped from 6,500 to 6,800 rpm. Torque is down 14 pound-feet and occurs 1,200 rpm higher than in the LS 600h L. The eight-speed automatic, based on that in the LS 460, upshifts only about 0.05-second slower than that of a Formula 1 car. Traction and stability control can be adjusted to allow for a more dynamic drive with the touch of the "Sport" mode switch on the dash, or the system can be disarmed completely.
416 horsepower @ 6600 rpm
371 lb.-ft. @ 5200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23
The 2010 Lexus IS F has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting around $58,500. With premium audio, navigation and all the bells and whistles, the IS F can approach $65,000. Even fully loaded, the IS F is thousands cheaper than the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and about the same price as the BMW M3. To find out what smart buyers are really paying for this vehicle, check out the Fair Purchase Price, which reflects real-world transaction prices in your area. The Lexus IS 250 and IS 350 have commanded better-than-average resale values over time and the IS F follows in their footsteps.
Lexus IS F Consumer Reviews
September 25, 2018
This car is extremely reliable! I love everything about this car except for the color and interior, mine is gold, with tan interior that...
June 23, 2017
Rare IS with six speed stick is the bomb!
The Lexus IS 250 with a 6-speed stick is a rarity.This red beauty is a head turner. Paint is perfect and sparkles. She is a great road...
April 14, 2017
This car is absolutely great in all ways. Its very reliable and a great looking car. I would recommend this car if you like a very...
March 13, 2017
After 10 years , she is perfect .Everything works ,as when she left the showroom floor . She lives, most of the time in a nice warm ,dry...
December 11, 2016
Love the ISF
This car is the best of both worlds . Wife is happy.
November 02, 2016
Reliable and wont go wrong
This car has been driven all over the country, I bought this with 136k on it in 2011. I still drive it daily, I have been coast to coast...
October 09, 2016
classy, comfortable and fun to drive !!
Ole "Ginny" is a fun car to drive and very comfortable . People ask me about her all the time ,and say how great the car looks !! This...
July 24, 2016
Best Lexus IS 250 EVER!
Selling my 2008 IS 250 with 89,500 miles. I've taken very good care of my car not allowing food or drink in it. No interior damage or...
May 22, 2016
Best vehicle we own
Iv'e driven many many cars but this one is by far the best one I've ever owned. It's defiantly an eye catcher too.
January 11, 2016
A WOLF in a conservative platform disguise
Don't be fooled by the sedan look of this monster waiting inside of the IS platform from Lexus. This car is NOT an IS Fsport but instead...