The 2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport (www.lexus.com) serves as proof that the Japanese automaker can produce a car that is the equal of benchmark sport sedans from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. The Sport combines a 306 hp V-6 with an 8-speed gearbox (on the rear-wheel-drive model) inherited from the high-performance IS F model. The Sport’s starting price has been estimated at $45,000. Compared to the standard IS 350, the F Sport packs a slew of chassis and performance enhancements. The cabin’s features include real-time traffic and weather information delivered through subscription-free HD radio. On the dash, a digital tachometer changes color when the Sport S and Sport S+ modes are selected. When driven hard, the car maintains civilized road manners, offering solid body control and responsiveness in corners.
By Basem Wasef