2014 Lexus ISF Review

Published: January 20, 2014 | Post By: admin

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Written by Tim Marsh:
For years, a scan of the “performance” car market returned only three major (and German) contributors: BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. However, the Japanese have made a recent strong push toward relevance with Lexus’ introduction of the ISF.
When it was first released, it seemed like the kind of car a madman would drive – something that seemed like it would come with a video game joystick instead of a steering wheel.
The 2014 model features no major changes in advance of the ISF’s anticipated overhaul in 2015, but in the mean time it remains a strong contender for those who value a performance monster with hints of luxury refinement.
  • 4 Door Sedan
  • 8 Cylinder, 5.0 Litre
  • Sports Automatic, Rear Wheel Drive
  • Petrol – Premium ULP
  • 11.4 / 100Km

Exterior and Style

Styling is nearly identical to the 2013 model, with only a new carbon fibre rear spoiler to set the new vehicle apart. The ISF has been aggressively designed since its inception with sharp hood creases and flares around the wheel arches to communicate its sporty identity.
2014 Lexus ISF Sport Review Price

2014 Lexus ISF Sport Image: carrolodex.com

Interior and Comfort

Inside, the 2014 ISF reveals several new changes, including a redesigned center console with Alcantara leather trim that also makes an appearance in the doors and as an added touch as seat accents.

At some point, performance and style trumped passenger comfort in the vehicle’s design, as taller occupants may feel cramped even in the front seats. As far as the rear, forget trying to fit three adults in – not only is it legally impossible (due to the lack of a middle seat), but it’s also ill advised from a comfort standpoint as leg- and headroom are scarce.


2014-Lexus-ISF Interior Image: topautomag.com

Under the Bonnet

Power surges to the rear wheels from a 311kW/505Nm 5.0 litre naturally aspirated V8 through Lexus’ flagship 8-speed electronic sequential transmission. That combination propels the ISF from 0-100 in 4.8 seconds. That power comes at the cost of subpar combined fuel economy – 11.4 l/100km, to be exact – but those looking for a petrol-sipper likely aren’t looking at this vehicle.

2014-Lexus-ISF-Interior Image: autotestcar.com


The typically excellent Lexus build quality is supplemented with standard antilock brakes, a full assortment of airbags, brake assist, electronic stability control and a limited-slip differential to help keep the ISF under control in even the most demanding driving conditions – and to keep its occupants safe if anything should go wrong.
On the Road

The ISF’s hallmark has always been its performance, and many claim that it is one of the most understated and underrated performance sedans. Driving enthusiasts can’t help but be pleased with its balance of engine power, delightful engine noise, prestige, and driver involvement. The V8 powerhouse provides a consistent force throughout its rev range and remains remarkably consistent from gear to gear.

Value for the Money

One of the great reliefs for ISF buyers in the past has been the lengthy list of standard features and lack of expensive options. Though 2014 Lexus ISF prices starting at $125,945 are still a sting to the wallet, they seem rather cheap in comparison to its three European competitors.


2014-Lexus-ISF-Side-View Image: lexusenthusiast.com

The Competition

It’s often difficult to contend with the performance of the three German titans, though 2014 Lexus ISF reviews indicate that this vehicle keeps the gap respectably close. It also undercuts comparable models – the BMW M3, Audi RS4, and Mercedes-Benz C63 – by over $25,000 each. And it’s not as though the ISF lacks feature-wise either, as all three have longer options lists.


2014-Lexus-ISF-Rear Image: www.lexus.com

The Verdict

Those looking for a serious driver’s car will find a sleeper hit in the ISF. Every aspect of the vehicle seems designed, tuned, and honed with performance in mind and the work of Lexus’ racing engineers shines through. While it’s certainly not one of the more popular choices on Australian roads – which may also add a certain “underground” charm – the ISF presents a strong, affordable challenge to the mainstream and is certainly worth exploring.

About Tim Marsh:

Tim Marsh, author of New Cars Plus’s Car Reviews and Blog, has been covering the car beat for the last 8 years. Tim specialises in finding the best deals on wheels and offering advice on making your car last.

For any more information on the Lexus ISF, or for that matter any other new car, contact one of our friendly consultants on 1300 020 311. If you’d like some fleet discount pricing (yes even for private buyers!), we can submit vehicle quote requests out to our national network of Lexus dealers and come back with pricing within 24 hours.

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