Along with the insightful interview with chief engineer Junichi Furuyama, Motor Trend has published an exclusive feature on the third-generation Lexus IS — here’s a quote about the driving experience:
On the tight circuit, the IS’ chassis demeanor and ultimate grip far exceed its predecessor’s. There’s minimal body roll in the stiffest Sport S+ mode, and it plows only when prodded extremely hard. Its wheels do, however, ricochet off imperfections, and however speedy and assured its solid chassis’ reactions are to the weightier VGRS inputs, there’s no ignoring its 3700-pound heft, nearly 200 pounds heavier than a Cadillac ATS 3.6.
This third-generation IS nails its fun to drive assignment. Its design is fresh (albeit controversial); its cabin technologically packed and roomy (you’ll easily fit a 6-foot 2-inch passenger in the back, and with the new 60/40 split rear seats, luggage will fit, too); and its chassis and powertrain are as buttoned-down as they come.
Along with the article, there’s an extensive photo gallery showing off the 2014 IS F SPORT in black — here is just a small image selection:
Have to say, I’m impressed with Motor Trend’s coverage — it’s been well balanced and of extremely high quality. Highly recommend checking out the full article.