2011 Lexus IS F rundown of upgrades
The Lexus IS F sports sedan may have just debuted in the UAE and other GCC countries for the first time in 2011, but it has been around elsewhere since the 2008 model year. In fact, the Lexus IS F’s Middle East debut coincided with a 2011-specific upgrade. Also, we just wanted to make use of photos that were taken by Faisal Khatib back when we tested the car.
The main change is that the 417 hp 5.0-litre V8 engine has been brought in line with “Euro 5” emissions standards, meaning it is now slightly more environmentally-friendly without losing any performance.
For 2011, the car’s handling and stability were enhanced with the addition of a limited slip differential. In the latest raft of minor adjustments, the front and rear coil springs and shock absorbers have been revised to improve ride comfort. The rear suspension geometry has also been tweaked for greater stability under higher loads when accelerating, braking and cornering. Lexus claims that these and other changes also improve steering response.
Externally, the 2011 IS F has new LED running lights alongside the standard HID headlights. Inside, the IS F-specific instrument cluster has been fully redesigned, placing the tachometer and gear-shift indicator in the centre of the display. Silvery new carbon-fibre-effect trim has also been added on the centre console.