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Lexus Sport Sedans: From IS F and GS F to IS500 F SPORT | MotorBiscuit

Over the past decades, the sports and luxury segments have shifted from naturally aspirated to turbocharged engines. For automakers committed to pleasing the power-hungry masses, while satisfying tightening fuel economy standards, forced induction has been the go-to alternative. Until electrification, that is. Meanwhile, Lexus has been quietly cranking out sporty all-motor sedans with a magnificent 5.0-liter V8 under the hood. Here’s a rundown of the F models with four doors and eight cylinders over the years.

The IS F was the first Lexus F car back in 2008

2009 Lexus IS F at the 2008 New York Auto Show | Brian Ach/WireImage via Getty Images

Lexus debuted the F line in 2008 with a sport sedan called the IS F. By this time, displacement for its DOHC V8 engine series had grown over the years from the original 4.0 to 4.6, and finally 5.0-liters. With Yamaha-designed cylinder heads and 416 hp, the IS F delivered a thrilling drive and soundtrack. It was also ahead of its time, with an eight-speed gearbox and dual fuel injection (both port and direct).


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