In 2012, Lexus updated the IS-F with a series of technical revisions including a limited-slip differential and redesigned exterior.
Need for Speed: Undercover
A diecast edition IS-F can be unlocked by entering the cheat code "0;6,2;" in the cheat menu.
Need for Speed: World
It has a top speed of 158 mph (255 km/h) and a decent acceleration. However, it is also featured with several disadvantages; The nitrous produces poor speed boosts and its handling suffers from severe understeer. On February 7, 2012, the car received a retune where its performance was upgraded and a seventh gear was added.
The steering has a vague precision, which forces the player to brake in most corners to avoid contact with the wall. The handling is insufficient for competitive races, as many similarly ranging cars such as the Lexus IS 350 can easily outmatch it. It is more suited for Pursuit Outrun and Team Escape events.
Before August 22, 2012, it could only be purchased if the player was at Driver Level 20 or above and cost 250,000. On April 30, 2015, its price was lowered from 550,000 as part of the End of the World event.
The Synthes style is a rental car that can be leased for 150. It was made available on June 27, 2010.
The Beauty style is a holiday themed car that costs 5500. It was released on February 8, 2011 as part of the Valentine's event.
Shift 2: Unleashed
The IS-F appears in Shift 2: Unleashed as a Modern Road vehicle with a performance index rating of C 740 and handling rating of 3.10. It can be purchased for $45,000.
The V8 engine of the IS-F provides a lot of power and thus enables good acceleration times. It is capable of lower corner entry speeds than smaller two-door vehicles, but does feel controllable despite having a heavy mass.
By applying a Works upgrade on the car, it gets a massive increase in performance, like every other vehicle. If the player swaps the V8 engine with the V10 of the Lexus LFA, the IS-F gets a very quick acceleration at the cost of handling, which becomes more loose in cornering.
- Need for Speed: Undercover and Shift 2: Unleashed are the only games in the Need for Speed series to feature the IS-F with an 8-speed gearbox.
- Before February 7, 2012, the IS-F even had a 6-speed gearbox in Need for Speed: World.
- In Need for Speed: Undercover, several black IS-Fs can be seen driven by Chau Wu's henchmen.
- The player steals one to escape the police after being framed for his murder.