The Lexus IS 350 F SPORT participated in the 2014 edition of the Car & Driver Lightning Lap, and performed quite well:
Finally, a world-class sports sedan from Lexus.
Its weakness here is power, or lack of it, relative to weight. With 12.2 pounds for each one of its 306 quiet, Camry-hum horsepower (alas, it’s still a Toyota), it is the only LL2-class car with LL1 stats. It could also use a little more grip, as the 0.89-g Turn One cornering force lands it fifth from the bottom in the overall ranking.
Power and grip are two items that are easy to fix, however; core structural and chassis competence aren’t. And it’s these that the IS350 gets so right.
The IS 350 F SPORT ended up finishing 21st overall, but that’s nothing to be ashamed of considering the competition.
(You can also watch video from the IS 350 F SPORT lap on the Car & Driver website.)