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Lexus teases possible IS-F coupe for Detroit auto show

Will this sport coupe arrive with an IS-F badge and 400-plus horsepower on tap, a hotter version of the IS 350's V-6, or something different?


Lexus just released the first teaser photo for a new model set to debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in just a few weeks.

The shape of the fender seems to indicate an IS-F replacement. Lexus

From the looks of the closely cropped teaser photo, the so-called F Performance Coupe appears to be based on the automaker's IS sedan, largely sharing its styling. The photo also reveals a slight hood bulge, into which is inset what appears to be a functional hood scoop.

We expect that the rest of the body will also receive a round of "more aggressive and sporty" updates -- not that the 2014 IS 350 F-Sport's already overly-aggressive fascia needs any help.

The automaker says that the new model will have "Half the doors, twice the roar," presumably compared with the 2014 IS sedan, indicating that it will be a coupe and a powerful one. Just how powerful remains to be seen, as no engine specs were released with the image.

Will this be a 416-horsepower, 5.0L V-8-powered challenger to the M3, the C36 AMG, and their ilk that will arrive wearing an IS-F nameplate? Or will it use a slightly hotter version of the IS 350 F-Sport's 3.5L V-6?

Keep an eye on our coverage of the 2014 Detroit auto show for more details as they emerge.