Just over two months ago I was sitting at home when my brother texted me, “Wanna go to Vegas and review some cars for ZipRage?” I immediately said, “I would.” because who wouldn’t. Then I realized that I don’t know a whole lot about cars, his words were reassuring though, “Just drive it and decide what you think.”
I ended up going to Las Vegas for two days (it was my first time) where I stayed in a fancy hotel, ate sushi, and experienced a first hand look and feel of Lexus’ new line-up of their F-Sport class of vehicles. So, I just drove the cars and tried to decide what I think about them.
Evolution of the Lexus Brand
For a while Lexus’ were like that dependable friend. They were nice and you could rely on them if you needed help moving and you were comfortable hanging out with them, but at the same time they could be a little bland. They weren’t as exciting as the friend you knew they could be.
Lexus decided to pull out all the stops and create their F Sport line of cars, cars that are “classy” and “comfortable” as well as “fast” and “sporty”. Cars that can get you to work on Monday and turn heads as you cruise around town on Friday night. Cars so comfortable you sit in them for a few minutes after you make it to point B.
How Would You Like Your F Sport?
With the F Sport line-up, also comes choice. Lexus built two cars from the ground up with the idea of combining their Lexus brand with racing performance, one being the LFA supercar and the other being the IS F. You also have the option of choosing from one of Lexus’ cars with the new F Sport packages, available in the IS 250/350C, IS 250/350, GS 350, LS 460, and the RX 350. The last choice being to choose from the F Sport Performance Accessories and outfitting you car with the accessories you crave while keeping your factory warranty intact.
You might be asking yourself why we should trust Lexus with their F-Sport line-up and parts let alone the creation of their LFA supercar. Nothing can come to wear the Lexus brand name until it meets their level of quality and their attention to fine detail. The exhaust in the LFA has been fine tuned at Yamaha by the music division in order to ensure that the growl sounds as good as it looks and feels. They’ve tested and tuned every last detail until they meet their own expectations, which are harsher than yours or mine.
Ride Along With Ken Gushi? Yes, Please!
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The IS F
The 2014 IS F is a great way to introduce yourself to the full F Sport experience. The engine is unique to the IS F, it sports a 5.0-liter V8 that generates 416hp. Also, if you ever have the chance it will get you from 0-60 in 4.6 seconds, and sports a top track speed of 170 mph. In addition to the speed comes the comfort that Lexus’ are known for. The IS F includes three-position memory for the driver and front passenger, heated front seats, 13 speakers and a high-powered amplifier, and Bluetooth with audio streaming. It will get you where you want to go fast, but unfortunately once you get there you won’t want to leave the comfort of your car.
Now, everyone isn’t willing to drop $63,000 (the starting price of the IS F) on a luxury sports car. Instead some may prefer to go with one of the F Sport Packages and experience the feel of the F Sport on one of Lexus’ other vehicles. Some of the options you can choose from are their F Sport wheels, enhanced brakes, tuned suspension, spoilers, F Sport badges, aluminum sport pedals, paddle shifters, sport seats, bumpers, front grille inserts, along with many other options. Thus, the options allow you to take your Lexus and add the level of handling and sportiness that you want. With the touch of button you can feel the change in control as you switch back and forth between the Sport and Non-Sport modes. In the Sport mode the car stays firm to the track and has more control on tight turns, the engine has a stronger sound, and the throttle is more responsive. Your experience depends solely on the packages you add, but Lexus provides you with excellent choices to make your ride standout.