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Tackling Pikes Peak in a Lexus IS 350 F Sport

With hints of LFA in its genetic code, can the latest Lexus sport sedan handle the rigors of Pikes Peak?

Pikes Peak is not for the amateur racing driver. The rigorous hill climb can be extremely dangerous even for the most experienced. To accomplish such a climb you need to have the right car. In the past Lexus has offered up its IS F CCS-R for the event, but how would the new IS 350 F Sport handle the twisty mountain course? After all, it is a production car that anyone can go and buy right now. Motor Trend’s Justin Bell recently took Lexus’s latest up that 12.42 mile course that has 156 turns, and climbs a total of 4,720 feet from start to finish.

And because the course has recently been paved, driving greats like Sebastian Loeb have clocked in (8:13) some blazingly fast times. How does the IS 350 F Sport handle the twists and turns of Pikes Peak? Check out J-Bell in the video ahead.

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