Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Z_CNHI News Service

September 3, 2013

Ridiculously muscular Lexus IS F combines speed with elegance

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The body styling is going to be one of the most controversial aspects of this car. It doesn't have the overly muscular, boy-racer vibe that its German competitors exude, preferring a more subtle approach.

If you're looking for an elegant performance machine — one that doesn't draw too much attention to itself — this one will do the job.

At the same time, some people who drive $62,000 luxury cars want to raise eyebrows at the country club. This one isn't as likely to turn heads, unless you rev the engine and unleash its deep, loud V8 howl.

Inside, the styling can get a lot wilder, especially if you opt for the red leather seats that came in my test car. Between the textured aluminum trim and brightly colored leather, the cabin screams a lot more violently than the body panels.

As a whole, this is a fantastic performance car for people who want something refined and elegant.

It's more tasteful than its fast-footed German competition, but still wild enough to make me glad that Lexus allowed such a crazy, illogical, thrilling vehicle to come to fruition.

Derek Price is an automotive columnist for CNHI News Service. Contact him at carcolumn@gmail.com.

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