Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about the disappearance of the IS-F, but nothing was official until this week. Talking to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, a Lexus official confirmed the end of production for the high-performance sedan.
Launched back in 2007, Toyota had high hopes for the Lexus IS-F, the high-performance version of the IS sedan. Its purpose was to compete against established models like the BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and the Audi RS4, but results were below expectations and the IS-F wasn’t able to “steal” too many customers from its German competitors because in seven years of production, only 11,000 units were sold. As a comparison, BMW sold that amount of M3s annually.
By phasing out the IS-F, Lexus wants a fresh start in the high-performance sedan market and will replace the model with the Lexus RC F, an upcoming performance coupe built on the platform from the current IS and based on the RC coupe version. The car is powered by a newly designed 5.0-liter V8 that produces 450-hp and 382 lb-ft (518 Nm) and will compete against the BMW M4 and the Audi RS5.
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