Lexus will not be building a high-performance version of the next-generation IS sedan according to a Motoring Australia interview with Australia brand CEO Scott Thompson:
So, has the Lexus IS F been scratched?
“How do I answer that question?” said Scott Thompson, Lexus Australia’s chief executive.
“It’s one of my favourite cars that we’ve ever produced, [but] there’s no plans at the moment [to release another one],” said Thompson.
This runs counter to rumors earlier this year from Japanese website Response, who reported that Lexus was planning an IS F with the brand’s 3.5L twin-turbo V6 from the LS 500.
Even so, the IS sedan has already gone a full generation with a high-performance variant, making this just more of the same. Should there be no new IS F, economics are likely to blame, a point reinforced by this quote:
Thompson conceded that the percentage of high-performance Lexus F cars it sells is “smaller than our [German] competitors”.