By James Bergeron

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2009 Lexus IS-F

Day 1:

2009 Lexus IS-F
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The Kia Soul seemed to be a hit with everyone, including my co-workers, my friends and many random people around town, as well as with me. So will this week’s tester be a hit with just as many people, while it will it go unnoticed by others. To the untrained eye, it looks like pretty much every other Lexus IS sedan on the road, but to many my tester this week is a rare and welcomed sight — the 2009 Lexus IS-F.

Even though it may look much like a typical Lexus IS 350 or IS 250, it is obvious when you take more than a single glance that this machine is built for speed, from the sloping front grille and brake cooling ducts in the front bumper, the vented front fenders and all the way to the rear where four exhaust tips greet you with the smell of burnt fuel.

2009 Lexus IS-F
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What do you get in the 2009 Lexus IS-F for a starting price of $66,450? Less than you may expect on some fronts: no Bluetooth or satellite radio, and no reverse camera or navigation system. For those items you need to add the $4,100 Series 2 package, which also adds a 14-speaker Mark Levinson audio system.

But you do get some content that some would argue matters more, such as: custom heated leather seats, dual-zone climate control, moonroof, keyless entry and start, auto headlights and wipers and a 13-speaker premium audio system that is still pretty darn good.

Of course, what matters most in a car like this is what is under the hood, and Lexus hasn’t skimped here. The 5.0-litre V8 engine that outputs 416 horsepower and 371 lb-ft of torque, which is mated to a smooth and fast-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission, rockets the IS-F from 0-100km/h in under five seconds.

2009 Lexus IS F
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $66,450

For more information on Lexus and the IS-F visit Lexus Canada

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