My take on the IS-F is you have to take Lexus (aka Toyota Posh) seriously. They may not be there today
, but you know they - as the largest global manufacturer - will keep pouring $$ into that brand to take share away from arch-rivals MB/BMW.
And the quality control is amazing. Wish my 5ers were as consistent
. Lexus' success in the U.S. is staggering (and shows that they know how to get to those who want total reliability / quality more than any other attribute).
But I also agree that this brand lack passion / precision (funny, Clarkson says the same about German cars vs lambos, massas, alfas and ferraris) - I test drive my boss's demo gs 430 - ugh, give my old e39's any day
... my boss eventually went w/ e500 (better).
So, hot Lexii are to be watched - and hey, more competition means all marques have to get better / more R&D - good for us, the drivers