2014 Lexus IS F-SPORT first official photos emerge

2014 Lexus IS
2014 Lexus IS

Looking sharp and fresh

The first official images of the 2014 Lexus IS F-SPORT have surfaced the web, following one last teaser released by Lexus earlier today.

Set to make its public debut at next week's Detroit Motor Show, the revamped IS borrows some of its styling cues from the LF-CC, including the now familiar spindle grille and a coupe-like roofline. Both head and taillights have received the LED treatment, while the sides show a resemblance with the GS.

There aren't any confirmed details about the engine lineup, but a V6 2.5-liter with 200+ hp (149+ kW) and a V6 3.5-liter with 300+ hp (224+ kW) are almost a certainty. A hybridized version with a 4-cylinder, 2.5-liter pushing out approximately 240 hp (179 kW) is also very possible.

Moving inside the cabin we notice the absence of a speedometer, a look inspired from the recently discontinued LFA. It has a generous digital display showing all the relevant info the driver would need. Compared to the outgoing model, the 2014 IS interior cabin looks significantly better with more premium materials and a different layout of the dashboard.

An official reveal should occur later on today.

Published Jan 9th, 2013 5:10pm By Adrian Padeanu
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JonathanGreen JonathanGreen
Ugly. Lexus has got to be kidding themselves. So lexus is making a $50,000+ upmarket ugly looking Corolla. Toyota needs to go back to the drawing boards on that design.
Jan 10th, 2013 9:38am
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Joao Oliveira Joao Oliveira
Love the interior... bring the IS-F!!!
Jan 9th, 2013 10:29pm
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pzxpjy pzxpjy
Rememver this is the F-Sport version with very bold (even radical) design. I hope the non-F-Sport could have a more conventional looking, plus the same interior on the F-Sport.
Jan 9th, 2013 9:01pm
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Ok. Compare to the dated, old and boring A4, not very attractive 3 series and the old C class, this IS looks great and the interior is the best between the other three cars.
Jan 9th, 2013 8:14pm
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AJSmyth AJSmyth
If by "best interior" you mean cluttered with buttons, bad aesthetics, and not visually appealing...... than yes it is the "best interior".
Jan 10th, 2013 12:29am
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BanfSnieder BanfSnieder
Top marks to Lexus for being daring.Nice to see they attempted the concept headlights, I didn't think it was production friendly.I also like the dynamic skirt, good to see it is not another car with the c5 a6's cow-belly crease. Nevertheless, this might alienate their customer base who prefers boring vanilla cars with non-contemporary designs that hamper resell values.
Jan 9th, 2013 8:07pm
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buruchaga buruchaga
Images do not do justice most often, plus color white is not the best fit for this design at the moment.
Jan 9th, 2013 8:01pm
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emetpl emetpl
Interior is nice (LFA style..), back and side views are not bad either.. but WTF did they do to the front of this car? This is just hideous... these front lights.. and that grill.. what the hell?
Jan 9th, 2013 6:52pm
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alamak alamak
I'm not a big fan of the new Lexus spindle grille, but this new IS makes it look so sporty that I hope it actually is that sporty. This segment, which the 3-series is the benchmark is currently being hotly contested by the new Cadillac ATS in terms of design and driving dynamics. This new IS, while not a looker, has been getting some good review on pre-production cars. Now let's wait for the new Infiniti for a test comparison!!!
Jan 9th, 2013 6:46pm
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memexe memexe
I think that you can`t say anything negative about this one on this forum! I'll stay in the safe zone, and say that I LIKE only the chrome tailpipes on this car :)
Jan 9th, 2013 6:45pm
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KevinFXX KevinFXX
the design is just not enough for me. they need to take more time to figure it out. so why the side of the car is too plane flat unlike the front and back.
Jan 9th, 2013 6:44pm
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Cale24 Cale24
Some nice details but a lot of bizarre ones. Admire the fact that they are exploring new ground but I imagine, just as BMW did after the Bangle era cars, they'll find a balance between traditional, more broadly relatable proportions and bolder/ exploratory design details a few years and models down the road. Their sports car concept was the best balance in that regard thus far IMO.
Jan 9th, 2013 6:38pm
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
I like it, distinctive and sporty design.
Jan 9th, 2013 6:26pm
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zoolander zoolander
Rarely do I find it necessary to comment on a new car design - but this is horrible. I can accept the Lexus predator grill, however the double vents on either side and side-skirts are just too much. It just looks like a poorly designed, budget body kit.
Jan 9th, 2013 5:59pm
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Ratt Ratt
Those glory days of Japanese sports cars are definately over.
Jan 9th, 2013 5:37pm
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cargogh cargogh
While I don't like the Predator-mouth new Lexus grills, they did a good job of keeping it recognizable as an IS.
Jan 9th, 2013 5:37pm
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techie69 techie69
I like the Alfa Romeo design tones in the rear and a great frontal draw from the LC-FC coupe, Lexus definitely is making some forward progress like Jaguar from the conventional humdrum! Anybody that says its ugly is because they can afford it or is an old grandpa who likes Buick/Mercedez yesteryears design!
Jan 9th, 2013 5:34pm
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techie69 techie69
Perusing through the German sites Auto und Sport describes it as sustainbly dynamite while Autobild describes as a serious alternative to the German stablemates! To top it off, German blogs in these sites have also given a sense of positive feedback as describing Lexus as if it has arrived finally.
Jan 9th, 2013 8:43pm
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e92miami e92miami
McDonalds sells the most hamburgers but that doesn't mean its good. Lexus as of yet doesn't have anything close to what it takes to be a good drivers car. They are great for the posers and people with no desire for a good driving experience.
Jan 14th, 2013 2:20am
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e92miami e92miami
Or someone who is 38 and can afford it, but I would much rather have a German car over these wannabe's...Lexus "Endless pursuit to copy BMW, MB & Audi" And it shows big time.
Jan 9th, 2013 9:07pm
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techie69 techie69
The old German guard is dropping fast, those same employees who build der haus are retired.
Jan 9th, 2013 9:21pm
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e92miami e92miami
Oh and Lexus is taking over?!? lol please how about the $369k LFA dog that has a lonely $225k F458 that beats it in every performance category and will hold a much better resale value. Name me one Lexus that beats it's competitors in it's class?
Jan 9th, 2013 9:35pm
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techie69 techie69
Of course you are talking on set up and I am talking on sales which is how well its going to do. Still, if you want drive appeal and I can't stir you away from the one locked down flavor, checkout I sideline.com on the driving impressions on the GS F-sport model.
Jan 13th, 2013 5:45pm
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techie69 techie69
Yeah it will catch on fire..that's funny, thanks for the freebie!
Jan 14th, 2013 4:18pm
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Afrikar Afrikar
Is this by Toyota or by Five Axis, looks like a SEMA car. Poor
Jan 9th, 2013 5:32pm
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e92miami e92miami
This will do well with the 16-25 year old "boy racers"...Holly crap that is ugly! They'll go from their automatic Civic's with coffee can exhausts to this.
Jan 9th, 2013 5:30pm
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AlexHohDesu AlexHohDesu
Well, at least it's not Boring... ...nice interior though
Jan 9th, 2013 5:18pm
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Dude von Dudenstein Dude von Dudenstein
I'll wait for the new Infiniti Q50. This Lexus looks disgusting.
Jan 9th, 2013 5:12pm
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