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Lexus IS 350 F SPORT Participates in Car & Driver’s Lightning Lap Test

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.

One interesting fact — the IS F SPORT’s Virginia International Raceway lap time of 3:13.4 was actually faster than the 2008 IS F, and only .2 seconds shy of the BMW 335i test last year.

(You can also watch video from the IS 350 F SPORT lap on the Car & Driver website.)

Read about the Car & Driver Lightning Lap

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  • October 23, 2014
Impressive. Wonder if the 350 is going to get a power bump. The upcoming turbo 250 might be playing too close. Regarding Lexus in CD's lightning laps - the 2008 IS-F time was ridiculously slow, 3:14 didn't seem right. The 2011 IS-F did 3:05.4. I'm sure the 2014 could be in the 3:04s. Curious to see what the porky RC-F will do.
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      Lexus Cohen
    • October 23, 2014
    Lol, that was a good one. Porky RC