Spy photographers have caught, what would appear to be, a Lexus IS-F Convertible prototype testing on the Nürburgring.
The prototype seen here features styling cues from the V8-powered IS-F, such as the swollen wheel arches, front fender vents, modified front and rear bumpers, quad tailpipes, a massive rear wing and special alloy wheels. All is not as it seems however, as photographers managed to catch the car while it was on a hoist and apparently the suspension setup revealed this isn’t a version of the current model, but rather our first glimpse of the 2014 IS.
According to the photographers the car features aluminum lower control arms, new springs and dampers, as well as a rear toe adjuster or a rear-steer ball joint. This setup echoes the 2013 Lexus GS and should result in significant weight savings for the next-generation IS. This means that Lexus may very well be using the elaborate IS-F-inspired bodywork on the convertible’s body to cover up the next IS-F’s platform.
Little other detail is known at this stage, but it would be interesting if Lexus was planning a sedan and convertible version of its next IS-F.