Future Cars

2008 Lexus ISF

A V-8 version of the current IS sedanthat will go head-to-head with the next-generation V-8-powered . The ISF will use the 4.6-liter V-8 from the new LS460 and should also feature that car’s new, eight-speed transmission, probably with paddle shifters. Not surprisingly, a manual gearbox will not be offered. Expect the usual round of go-fast body modifications and a sticker price somewhere north of $50,000, arriving in 2007. Lexus mulled over various consonants to affix to the IS prefix in arriving at a special badge for its V-8 sport sedan, but F, as in ISF, likely will get the nod. Lexus has a history with the letter f, as the original LS400 was known internally as the F1, for Flagship 1.

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