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Lexus IS F production ceases, makes way for RC F

August 1, 2014

It looks like the days are numbered for our old friend the Lexus IS F. A source from Lexus has told international media production has stopped for the V8 performance sedan.


Given Lexus is about to launch its new RC F high-performance coupe, featuring revised versions of the components used in the IS F, it does seem like a natural progression to cease manufacturing of the older IS F.

The RC F features a tweaked iteration of the IS F’s fantastic 5.0-litre Yamaha-developed V8 engine, with power lifted from 311kW to over 335kW – Lexus is yet to confirm the exact output.

All of that oomph is sent through an eight-speed sports automatic transmission and, crucially, into a sold rear-wheel drive system with a limited-slip differential.

While the RC F is based on the new RC coupe, which in turn is based on the latest IS platform, the IS F is still based on the second-gen IS layout. As a result, the design is starting to age, especially the interior.

It’s unknown if Lexus will create a V8 IS F version of the updated, third-gen IS. Sales have been dwindling for the current model, with around 11,000 examples being sold since it was introduced in 2008.

If you’ve been thinking about buying a new IS F, now is the time to do it. Run-our deals are likely to help push the last of the stock.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.