Lexus Planning New IS F Coupe

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Toyota is planning on taking the fight to BMW with a new IS F coupe previewed by the stunning LF CC concept.

With the launch of the IS F in 2007, Lexus took ambitious aim at the BMW M3 when it launched the IS F in 2007. But while the M3 has been made available in coupe, convertible and sedan body-styles (we've even seen wagon and pickup versions), the IS F has been a strictly four-door affair. That could change, however, with the next generation. Speaking with marketing chief Brian Bolain at SEMA last week, AutoGuide reports that Lexus is keen to build a coupe version of the next IS, including a performance-oriented IS F coupe.

The form was previewed by the LF-CC concept unveiled in Paris barely over a month ago, characterized by a bold spindle grille that is coming to typify Lexus design. According to Bolain, the production version will be able to accommodate everything from a four-cylinder engine at the bottom of the range to a V8 at the top, all but completely confirming that an IS F coupe is in the planning stages. It would be the first time, LFA supercar notwithstanding, that Lexus would make a proper could since the last SC model was discontinued in 2010.

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