More 2011 Lexus IS F Details

2011 Lexus IS F Details

Lexus Europe has released further details on the 2011 Euro-spec IS F, which will be getting a number of exterior & interior design changes for the new year:

  • 5.0 litre V8 is now Euro 5 compliant
  • The HID headlights will get getting the arrowhead LED daytime running light strip
  • New Starlight Black exterior color
  • Dark silver fibre insets
  • Contrast stitching changed from white to blue
  • Revised seat design
  • New steering wheel
  • LFA-inspired instrument panel

Here’s the full photo gallery:

The biggest change has to be the new instrument panel, which is dominated by a massive tachometer:

2011 Lexus IS F Instrument Panel

With no way to swap the tachometer & speedometer dial position, I was somewhat lukewarm on the new IP — until I saw the digital speed display, a feature I absolutely love.

Great update — I’ve included all the European details after the jump.

• Euro 5 compliant 5.0 litre V8
• Enhanced exterior and interior design
• Revised instrument cluster for greater clarity

Powered by a Euro 5 compliant, 5.0 litre V8 engine generating over 300kW at 7000rpm and 500Nm.ft of torque at 5200rpm and mated to an 8-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission with manual, paddle shift override, Lexus’ ultra-high performance sports saloon, the IS F, is capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds and on to an electronically governed top speed of 270 km/h.

Building on a range of technical enhancements introduced last year, including the incorporation of a Limited Slip Differential which offers a marked improvement in traction and stability levels during high speed cornering, the 2011 Lexus IS F has been further enhanced through both exterior and interior upgrades.

It now features High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with integral, arrowhead, LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRL). The choice of exterior colours has been expanded with a new Starlight Black GF finish.

On board, the IS F benefits from new dark sliver fibre inserts, and a change of contrasting stitching for the leather upholstery from white to blue. A revised front seat design offers improved driver support, and a new steering wheel improves grip and feel.

A new driver’s instrument design repositions the tachometer, speedometer and shift indicator within the binnacle for instant legibility and maximum clarity during high speed driving. The large, centrally positioned tachometer incorporates a rev indicator to help enhance gear shift operation characteristics. The rev indicator illuminates in three steps –at 5000 rpm, at 5500 rpm and at 6200-6550 rpm, depending on the gear step.


  1. Looks handsome!8-)
  2. 4tD

    Not sure if this is new, but the center stack seems to sport a black gloss finish... anyways, an improvement -- though I was expecting a little bit more.
  3. They probably should've checked out the 1st generation IS for the temperature and fuel gauges.
  4. looks nice.the lfa IP is going to be the next afternarket craze just like alteza lights etc.
  5. Wow... How can ANYONE call this car.. ugly? IMO and not cause I like Lexus... the ISF look tons better then the M3 and C63. The ISF is very classy and a beast at the same time.. Cant wait to see this in person... the current ISF looks bad ass already.
  6. Full prices and specs for CT200h are coming next week >> LEXUS CT200h FACEBOOK GROUP!
  7. I also love the new gauges and the interior seems like a very nice place to be... anyone sat in a bmw BORING. I'm very happy Lexus gave the go ahead to this car... its near perfect... All I want Lexus to do now is make a limited edition ISF with more power, less weight and so fourth
  8. @Travis: Well, if you looked at the disproportionate long-ish nose in real life, you will understand why it is called "ugly". Never been a fan of the IS-F and never will be.
  9. Love is now written with the letter "F"
  10. @WorldofLuxury: Haha, this is L.A. I see ISF's at least once every 2 or 3 weeks. Never fail to amaze me.
  11. The US site is now showing the ISF as 2011. But only when you click on it.
  12. @LFAaddict: I do see a few IS F in my little, suburban city, but they're always making a trip to a high school... And all the LX 570 are making a trip to the mall or a nearby Costco...
  13. @LFAaddict: And you're a little ahead of Lexus. It's now 2011 everywhere it mentions IS F. ;-)
  14. WorldofLuxury wrote:@LFAaddict: And you’re a little ahead of Lexus. It’s now 2011 everywhere it mentions IS F.
    And they brought back captions for the pictures! Boring captions though... and some pictures aren't properly photoshopped... I also just noticed that the IS F doesn't have composite trim on the glovebox cover like in the new IS. I suppose I understand the lack of turning signal markers on the rear view mirrors, but... man-oh-man is Lexus cheap sometimes.
  15. @LFAaddict: ;) In a few days! The only thing i can say for now is that in Paris we will see : 3 x CT 200h: Sienna Brown, Pearl White, Dark Granite IS Range (200D IS, IS F): Starlight Black LFA: Whitest White Hybrid range (LS 600h, GS 450h, RX 450h): Pearl White Lexus press conference will take place on 30 September at 9 am LT.
  16. At first my favourite car is Mercedes Benz. After watching snap of Lexus IS F this is my most favourite car. Moreover I'm also impress with its features. Look of this car is so awesome. I was seen some new technology which are include in this car. Thanks for such a nice information.
  17. @RollaXRS: To make everything clear to you. I know 3 people that own an ISF. Two of them own 2008 model one in that wonderful blue and the one in that sharp pearl white and one owns a grey 2010. This car makes people stare at it. Even parked I see people look as they walk past.. I find myself staring and I already know what the car looks like. Its a beauty, its sleek and elegant. The nose fits it perfect looking at it you know this car means business. The ISF is FAR from "ugly". The base model IS looks like a females ride compared to this.
  18. RDS

    I remember the last picture that leaked out is having a different wheels , isn't it ? By the way , I'm seriously like the LFA~ish gauge & the SPORTS button on the steering wheel . Besides that , why don't Lexus put LED taillight into IS-F ?
  19. @WorldofLuxury: I noticed the same, especially for the 2011 IS section on the website.
  20. The IS is now 2011 on the Lexus USA site, guessing they overheard me ;)
  21. @LFAaddict: But it is HORRIBLY wrong, the colors, once clicked on in the 360 view, have nothing to do with what it says. The interior is also not yet updated as well as the exterior (in the 360 view.) C'mon Lexus..and there's no longer ultrasonic blue mica for the ISC? Are you kidding me?? That's the best color for that car! And now all you can have for the ISC interior, is black. With gray wood..
  22. @LFAaddict: I hope they didn't get rid of the the ultrasonic, such an awesome color. I don't which i like better the ultrasonic or the spectra blue mica on the GS.
  23. how much was the 2010 ISF in the US?
  24. Again, does the 2011 still have the white interior option? I would love a silver ISF with white interior :-)
  25. LEXISCONOSUR wrote:Again, does the 2011 still have the white interior option? I would love a silver ISF with white interior :-)
    I can try to find out -- are you in the US?
  26. is 2011 is-f 's suspension different from the 2010's. i recently bought an 2010 is-f and the website said its suspension is stronger then 2008 and 2009.. i want to know if 2010 and 2011 is still the same
  27. "First Drive: 2011 Lexus IS F" "You'll have to look very closely to see the on-the-surface differences made to the refreshed 2011 Lexus IS F, which is slated to make its world debut at this month's 2010 Paris auto show. In fact the only revision to the IS F's exterior are newly fitted LED driving lights, supposedly added to make the Lexus easier to spot at high speeds (and not to follow the Audi-led trend). Working within a tight budget, chief engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi tells us that he was basically happy with the car's exterior styling and that he placed far more importance on "taking the IS F to the next level in handling and ride quality." Good idea, because the IS F was certainly in need of some next level work in that area. With its throaty exhaust note, the IS F is a beast, packing a 416 horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 mated to an 8-speed, flappy-paddle gearbox. But pushed hard, the car's chassis would become unsettled, especially at the rear end. That is not the case with the 2011 revision, which squats nicely in the corners and hangs on like an angry pit bull. Behind the wheel of a pre-production Australian-spec model at Fuji Speedway recently, we were more than impressed at the improvements that Yaguchi and his team have made to the car's high-speed cornering stability. Although the powertrain and the car's 3800-lb curb weight remain the same, the suspension settings have been totally recalibrated. The combination of spring rate revisions and dampers, fitted with new high performance valves in addition to reinforced suspension member connectors and bushes, permit more front-end suspension stroke yet firm up the rear end. This generates greater traction and stability at high speeds. An unexpected byproduct of this revision is the car's more compliant ride, which Yaguchi says "was a bonus but something we aimed for." Adjustments to the steering power-assist mechanism made for more precise and accurate turn-in as well as greater feedback through the wheel. The results are that the 2011 IS F can now be pushed even harder into corners; it stays more composed under heavy braking, at turn-in, and while experiencing changes of road camber and elevation. The IS F also exhibits less understeer and more rear wheel grip and stability. In fact, the rear end is now so tied down that a slight enhancement of front-end downforce might generate even greater all-round traction and stability. The new model laps the 2.8-mile Fuji Speedway in 2 minutes, 3.4 seconds -- nearly two seconds faster than its predecessor -- thanks to Yaguchi's subtle, yet substantial, modifications. To elevate the driving experience even further, Yaguchi completely rethought the instrumentation layout and borrowed design hints from well-known sports cars like Porsche and Ferrari. As a result, the IS F now features a large, centrally located tachometer which spins to a 6800-rpm redline, along with a newly added gear selector and speed gauge. To the right of the tach is a smaller analog speedometer, which Yaguchi says is "...a novelty, just there to show potential buyers that the car is capable of 300 kmh (186 mph). Another idea borrowed from Europe's hottest sports cars (ahem, BMW) is the newly fitted shift indicator situated inside the top half of the tachometer. While accelerating hard and concentrating on nailing the right lines around a track, a row of lights illuminate within your lower peripheral vision and make it far easier to sense on-the-limit engine revs than in the outgoing model. This new system lights one orange LED at 5000 rpm, another at 5500 rpm and a "shift now" red light at 6500 rpm. "And don't worry, we did not fit automatic up-shifts. The driver has to change gears, even bouncing off the redline," stresses Yaguchi. Yet another strategic addition (that you won't find on export models, unfortunately) is the 'circuit mode,' a la the Nissan GT-R. It may not mean anything to you, but it does illustrate just how much effort Yaguchi and Co. have put into the revised IS F. Now fitted with a hi-tech GPS sat-nav device programmed with Japan's 14 registered race tracks, the IS F will automatically disengage its 180 kmh (112 mph) speed limiter (all Japanese domestic cars come equipped with such a speed limiter) when the vehicle enters a race track. After the track session, and only if the driver so desires, the system will send the vehicle's lap times to a central dealer database accessible by all IS F owners, thus setting up a platform for bragging rights to best laps. Neat trick... So, when will we see this bright-eyed, better-handling IS F? We'll likely know more during the Paris show press days (Sept. 30-Oct. 1), but we expect to see the revised model here soon. After all, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda, an ardent racing fan who has piloted a Lexus LFA in the 24-hours of Nurburgring, says he wants to add more "fun" to his cars. And where better to start than with one of the company's highest performing vehicles?"