Lexus Exec Suggests There Won’t Be A New IS F

Lexus has suggested it is unlikely a new-age IS F sports sedan will be released.

Ever since Lexus killed off the previous-generation IS F, there has been talk about the possibility of a new one launching. Speaking with Motoring, however, Lexus Australia chief executive Scott Thompson said there are no such plans on the agenda.

“How do I answer that question? It’s one of my favorite cars that we’ve ever produced, [but] there’s no plans at the moment [to release another one],” he told the publication.

If a new IS F were to be launched, it wouldn’t arrive with a naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine like other current ‘F’ badged models. Instead, the 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine of the LS 500 was thought to be a likely candidate.

Also Read: 2020 Lexus IS F Sport Keeps It Fresh With Blackline Special Edition Spec

Lexus is in the midst of developing an all-new IS model underpinned by Toyota’s new TNGA architecture. With no signs of key competition including the Mercedes-AMG C 63, BMW M3, and Audi RS4 going anywhere despite clampdowns on fuel efficiency and exhaust emissions, a new Lexus IS F would certainly provide a nice alternative to the established Germans.

According to Thompson, current offerings such as the RC F, RC F Track Edition, GS F, and LC 500 all make up for the lack of an IS F in the Lexus family.

An exciting piece of technology that will make it to the road in future production-focused Lexus models is ‘posture control’. Debuting in the recent LF-30 concept unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, this technology has the potential to drastically alter the performance of a vehicle.

“Posture control is bigger than just simply propulsion. It’s about what electrification can deliver to the vehicle in terms of its performance. Posture control looks at the adaptive nature of the vehicle — turning as well as propulsion and other aspects to improve performance,” Thompson said. “I can’t definitively tell you about the time frame, but in terms of the LF-30, some of those technologies you’ve seen and heard about will come well inside that [2030] timeframe.”

more photos...
Tesla Model 3 Performance Is An EV Everyone Can Love

The Tesla Model 3 Performance pumps out 450 hp thanks to its dual electric motors.

Jeep Cottoni Is A Conceptual Proposal For A More Lifestyle Orientated Pickup Truck

The Jeep Cottoni pickup is more road-oriented than the Gladiator.

2020 Peugeot e-2008: A More Practical Hatchback With Electric Power?

With an edgy design, nicely-built cabin, 136 HP and zero emissions, the electric 2008 seems interesting.

Tesla’s China-Built Cars Are Now Eligible For Local Subsidies

The Model 3s made in Shangai’s Gigafactory will be cheaper by as much as $3,500 .

VW Touareg Gets Cheaper To Buy In The UK, Starts From £45,445

VW is introducing a new base SE trim level for the Touareg, in addition to two other versions.

Facelifted Audi Q2 Looks Like A Cute Snow Bunny In Sweden

The new Audi Q2 will benefit from updated front and rear fascias and restyled head- and taillights .

Aston Martin Opens “Pivotal” St Athan Plant In Wales, Home Of The DBX

Aston Martin’s second assembly plant will start building the DBX SUV in Q2 2020.

Ken Block Puts His Ford Escort Cosworth Through Its Paces In The Swiss Alps

Ken Block’s new Escort Cosworth was built from the ground up after his original was destroyed last year.

Watch The SCG Boot In Action During The Brutal Baja 1000

SCG will start delivering the production version of the Boot to customers next year.

It Never Ends: John Cena’s 2017 Ford GT Bound For Auction Once More

John Cena’s infamous Ford GT could soon get its fifth (!) owner in a little over two years.